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Issue 5 2008



Banverket seeks investment to cope with growth

27 September 2008 | By James Abbott, Technical Editor

With traffic increasing steadily, Banverket is seeking more money to finance new lines, adding extra capacity and improving maintenance in the Swedish rail system. Over the past decade, rail traffic growth in Sweden has been impressive. Passenger loadings are up by almost three quarters, while freight traffic has grown by…


ERTMS – philosophies with a driver supporting signalling system

27 September 2008 | By Sven-Hakan Nilsson, ERTMS Programme Manager, Banverket

The new European signalling system, ERTMS, will have a big impact on how the driver operates the train. ERTMS is in fact a signalling system that gives possibilities to support the driver in planning and driving of the train. This is a big difference for a lot of countries where…


‘Vision Zero’ and OLA improved level crossings

27 September 2008 | By Olle Mornell, Project Manager of Safety, Operational Department, Swedish Rail Administration (Banverket) and Helena Höök, Quality Controller & Strategist of Traffic Safety, Department of Operational Management, Swedish Road Administration (Vägverket)

Two severe accidents in 2004 and 2005 brought focus on the dangers of level crossings. According to ‘Vision Zero’, fatalities and severe injuries are not acceptable in the transport system. Since level crossings concern many key players, Banverket took the first steps to cooperation and Vägverket provided the OLA working…


Successful completion of Sweden’s biggest ever signal replacement

27 September 2008 | By Helen Hellströmer, Chief Communications Officer Banverket Produktion, Ann Linblad, Journalist/Editor, Banverket Produktion and Henrik Engberg, Communications Consultant, Engberg Information AB

During the Easter period of 2008, Banverket Produktion carried out the biggest ever signal replacement in Sweden and one that could possibly be considered the biggest in the whole of Europe.


The imminent inauguration of the Bothnia Line

27 September 2008 | By Lennart Westberg, Managing Director/Project Director, Botniabanan AB

Building of the Bothnia Line began on a modest scale in 1999. In October 2008, Stage 1 is expected to be taken into operation – this is when a subsection is being opened for goods traffic. The entire line will be ready for goods and passenger services in autumn 2010.


RENFE finds unexpected answers to crowd congestion at Atocha

27 September 2008 | By Manuel Rodríguez Simons, Corporate Director for Civil Protection, Safety and Risk Prevention, RENFE OPERADORA

Sitting at the heart of Madrid’s extensive rail network, Atocha station is the biggest public transport interchange in the Spanish capital. Local rail lines, high-speed intercity services and metro lines from across the city come together here to provide an essential link for commuters, tourists and local residents alike. With…


Recent progress boosts REFER’s success

27 September 2008 | By Eduardo Frederico, General Director of Infrastructure Exploitation, REFER

The Portuguese railway has recently seen significant developments with many of its operations including the construction and renovation of its infrastructure, railway systems and equipment, as well as making alterations to management personnel. Along with the liberalisation of the railway sector, a set of new challenges demanded the infrastructure managers…


Enhancing competitiveness and addressing challenges

27 September 2008 | By Hristo Monov, Executive Director of Bulgarian State Railways EAD (BDZ EAD)

The railways in Bulgaria celebrate their 120th anniversary in 2008. Railway history, of course, is more than just a string of events – it contains stories of achievement, stories of challenges, stories of hard times and most of all, stories of people who lived through their work and contributed to…


Platform of success: Bombardier exhibits new trains

27 September 2008 | By Bombardier

Bombardier, the global leader in rail transportation, never fails to create an impact with its biannual display of products at InnoTrans. This year is no exception, with Bombardier exhibiting no less than four new trains, as well as its latest developments in energy-saving technologies. Much excitement has surrounded the unveiling…


Tilting trains – another idea for speed

27 September 2008 | By Roberto Rinaldi, Technical Director of the High Speed Group, ALSTOM

Between 2003 and 2005, the world high and very-high-speed market represented an average of €2.4 billion1, just over half of which was accounted for by high-speed...


Weld registration and acceptance

27 September 2008 | By Coenraad Esveld, Director of Esveld Consulting Services (ECS), Professor of Railway Engineering, TU Delft and Global Railway Review Editorial Board Member

For a long time now, poor weld geometry has been a major problem for railway infrastructure. Due to geometrical imperfections, high dynamic loads could be generated during wheel passage. The only way to control the geometrical quality in an effective way, is by measuring and documenting every weld with an…


GSM-R in 2008 – continuing the success story

27 September 2008 | By Dan Mandoc, Charge de Mission GSM-R Infrastructure Department & Klaus Konrad, Project Manager, ERTMS/GSM-R, UIC

Over the last few years, we have tried to give you an update about the GSM-R situation in and outside of Europe. In 2007, the implementations of GSM-R have already shown that GSM-R has become a success story, even if it could have been developed faster.


Social responsibility of the investor

27 September 2008 | By Krzysztof Celinski, President of the Board, PKP Polskie Linie Kolejowe SA

For over half a century, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) has been an element of strategy of each business entity who wishes to be perceived as a reliable and stable element of economy and society. PKP Polskie Linie Kolejowe SA, the administrator of the railway infrastructure in Poland, observes the CSR…