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Issue 5 2014



High-speed rail is the future of train travel in Russia

19 September 2014 | By

Russia is the world’s largest country and it has one of the largest rail networks at 85,300km. The Trans-Siberian Railway alone – connecting Moscow with the Far Eastern port of Vladivostok – is over 9,200km-long. Obviously, a well-developed transportation system is needed. Alexander Misharin – First Vice-President of Russian Railways…


InnoTrans 2014 – Show Preview

18 September 2014 | By Global Railway Review

Global Railway Review brings you our comprehensive guide to InnoTrans 2014 – including a show preview, guide to exhibitors, industry news, plus a look at some of the products and solutions on show...


Foreword: Sweden works to maintain a successful open rail market

18 September 2014 | By Jan-Evert Rådhström – Vice Chair of the Committee of Transport and Communications of the Swedish Parliament

The Swedish railway system is undergoing a period of reform and modernisation. The first step of this extensive overhaul can be traced back to 1988, when the national railway authority – SJ – was split into two separate units; one responsible for the administration of the country’s rail infrastructure (then…


Constructing the complicated Hallandsås Tunnel

18 September 2014 | By Ulf Angberg – Communications Manager for the Hallandsås Project at Trafikverket

Following many years of troublesome construction work, both rail tunnels through the Hallandsås Ridge in Southern Sweden were completed ain 2013. Initiated back in 1992, the construction project has generated more headlines in the Swedish media than any other. Ulf Angberg – Communications Manager for the Hallandsås Project at the…


The Swedish railway: with successes and setbacks

18 September 2014 | By Christel Wiman, CEO of ASTOC

Rail in Sweden has been under the spotlight for the last 4-5 years, but the good news is that the Swedish railway is now transporting more passengers and cargo than ever before, reports Christel Wiman, CEO of ASTOC – the Association of Swedish Train Operating Companies. More and more people…


The last link in the Bothnian Corridor

18 September 2014 | By Elisabeth Sinclair – Project Leader for the North Bothnian Line Group

The North Bothnian Line forms the last link in the Bothnian Corridor which is part of the strategic European mainline rail Core Network. The EU and the Region are willing to finance the line estimated to cost €2.6 billion, and all that is missing now is a positive decision from…


SWERIG – growing at home and abroad

18 September 2014 | By Rolf Alm and Magnus Davidsson from SWERIG – the Swedish Rail Industry Group

The passenger and freight traffic utilisation of the Swedish railway is growing fast, and so is the country’s railway industry. The former publicly-run railway sector in Sweden is deregulated and this has created new companies, who – under competition – have developed efficient and reliable solutions. SWERIG – the Swedish…


The European Corridor – bringing cities closer together

18 September 2014 | By unnar Sibbmark, Managing Director of Europakorridoren AB

Europakorridoren AB1 is a company owned by approximately 50 cities in Sweden. The organisation behind the company also has members in Lübeck and Hamburg in Germany. Four cities in southern Sweden – Jönköping, Värnamo, Ljungby and Helsingborg – began the project in 1993 and since then it has grown year-on-year.…


Station Construction: From the fjord and into the mountain

18 September 2014 | By Stine Ilebrekke Undrum – Project Manager at the Norwegian National Rail Administration

Norway is famous for its fjords and mountains – beautiful to look at, but a challenge for road and railway construction. So when construction of a new double-track railway line was decided from Holm to Nykirke, past the town of Holmestrand in southern Norway, both the track and the station…


The Danish Electrification Programme: A huge commitment

18 September 2014 | By Søren Thorpstrup Laursen – Head of the Danish Electrification Programme at Banedanmark

The Danish Electrification Programme was established in November 2012 to carry out electrification works initially on four Danish rail sections. Through the ‘Togfonden DK’ initiative five further sections have since been added to the scope of the electrification works, along with funding for additional optional rail sections and associated services.…