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Issue 4 2015



The Semmering Base Tunnel: powerful and future-oriented

6 August 2015 | By Gerhard Gobiet, Project Manager at ÖBB-Infrastruktur AG

The Semmering Base Tunnel is one of the most important long-term large-scale infrastructure projects in the Austrian and European high-capacity route network. Through the 27.3km-long tunnel between Gloggnitz and Mürzzuschlag, a sustainable investment is being made in both Austrian and international rail transport. In the long-term, the Semmering Base Tunnel…


WESTbahn fights for fair open-access conditions in the Austrian rail market

6 August 2015 | By Erich Forster, Managing Director of WESTbahn

Few private rail operators have entered into open-access long-distance travel – incumbents try to keep the monopoly alive, and it seems the way to non-discriminatory integration of all railway companies is difficult. Ever since WESTbahn’s operational launch, the private railway company has been fighting against discrimination in the Austrian open-access…


Naples–Bari and Palermo–Catania–Messina high-speed/high-capacity lines

6 August 2015 | By Michele Mario Elia, CEO of Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane (FS Italiane)

The Naples–Bari and Palermo–Catania–Messina high-speed/high-capacity (HS/HC) itineraries are among the main works included in the so-called ‘Unlock-Italy’ Law no. 164 of 11 November 2014. The Italian government aims to give the country a strong sign of recovery in both the economy and employment – commencing in the South – through…


Ceneri Base Tunnel: the logical continuation in the south

6 August 2015 | By Marco Ceriani, Chief Construction Officer of AlpTransit Gotthard Ltd

The NRLA Gotthard Axis comprises of the Gotthard Base Tunnel and the 15km-long Ceneri Base Tunnel. The two single-track tubes of the Ceneri Base Tunnel are complemented by branch-off structures to allow additional traffic connections. So that the ambitious time schedule can be met despite difficult geological conditions, work on…


From split-flap display to multimedia train information system

6 August 2015 | By Lukas Spengeler, Project Manager at SBB

Who isn’t familiar with the big blue display information boards in Switzerland’s main train stations? At the time of the display installation more than 25 years ago, these units were the leading technology. Printed panels showed the train information for departing trains. Updating of the information caused the panels to…


Moving towards the opening of Birmingham New Street station

6 August 2015 | By Chris Montgomery, Network Rail’s Project Director for the Birmingham New Street project

After five years of engineering and building works, the finished product is now in sight at Birmingham New Street Station. In this article, Chris Montgomery, Network Rail’s Project Director for the Birmingham New Street project, details what the new station will mean for its passengers, and the city as a…


SEFT: Smart ticketing on rail in the South East of England

6 August 2015 | By Andrew Keating, Programme Director, South East Flexible Ticketing (SEFT) Programme

The past year has seen substantial developments for the South East Flexible Ticketing (SEFT) Programme. Andrew Keating, Programme Director, gives Global Railway Review an update.