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Issue 6 2012

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ScotRail and Network Rail: alliance in action

29 November 2012 | By Steve Montgomery, Managing Director, ScotRail

FirstGroup has been operating the ScotRail franchise since 2004. Eight years on, we remain resolute in our aim to deliver a leaner and more reliable railway over the next two years and beyond. We believe we are much more than a railway operator and have a significant part to play…

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£100m investment signals new start for Nottingham

29 November 2012 | By Martin Frobisher, Route Managing Director, Network Rail

It is not often in the life of a Route Managing Director that you get to install a whole new track layout through a major station, but between September 2012 and December 2013, Nottingham’s railway station will be rebuilt complete with a new £100 million track layout and resignalling scheme.…

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Securing a sustainable future for rail travel in Northern Ireland

29 November 2012 | By Clive Bradberry, Infrastructure Executive, Translink

In 2011/12, Translink NI Railways recorded its highest ever passenger numbers with 10.7 million journeys made on local rail services in Northern Ireland – an increase of over 70% in the last decade. Independent research released in September shows that Translink customers continue to rate local rail services very highly…

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Driving infrastructure value through collaboration

29 November 2012 | By Jeremy Candfield, Director General, Railway Industry Association (RIA); Steve Featherstone, Track Programme Director, Network Rail and David McLoughlin, Finance and Commercial Director, Infrastructure Projects, Network Rail

The railway industry in Britain continues to be characterised by substantial growth in ridership and in major investment programmes. Infrastructure investment in the mainline railway is undertaken predominantly by two main parties working together: the infrastructure manager, Network Rail, as clients, and its extensive supply chain. More than 170 supply…

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The Grand Central experience – an operational and safety management perspective

29 November 2012 | By David Neil, Grand Central

Grand Central is an open-access passenger train operator, carrying passengers from London Kings Cross to York and the North East and to Doncaster and West Yorkshire. For Global Railway Review, David Neil, Head of Operations and Safety at Grand Central, explains how the open-access operator fits into the UK train…

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New trains, new routes and new services – Eurostar’s vision for the future

27 November 2012 | By Nicolas Petrovic, Chief Executive Officer, Eurostar

Since Eurostar’s maiden voyage in 1994, we have carried over 130 million passengers across the Channel. Today, eight out of 10 passengers travelling between London and Paris and Brussels choose to do so by high-speed rail on a Eurostar service, with almost 10 million people travelling with us last year…

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RFF: First lessons learned from its four PPPs

27 November 2012 | By Alain Quinet, Chief Operating Officer, Réseau Ferré de France (RFF)

Railway investment requires long-term funding. Sometimes the State will choose to take direct ownership or may even prefer to transfer all or part of the responsibility and risk to the private sector. Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) can offer a highly flexible way of combining public and private funding. These highly flexible…

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The FIF in the new French railway environment

27 November 2012 | By Jean-Pierre Audoux, Director General, the French Railway Industry Association (FIF)

My article in Global Railway Review Issue 6 2011 outlined the prospect of a French railway system reform. This subject is still at the forefront of discussions within the industry and so constitutes the main topic of this article. This agenda must be viewed against the backdrop of a very…

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An interview with Jiří Kolář

27 November 2012 | By Craig Waters, Editor, Global Railway Review

Speaking exclusively with Global Railway Review, Jiří Kolář, Director General of the Czech Railway Infrastructure Administration (SŽDC) discusses the operational mission of the organisation, the importance of high-speed lines in the Czech Republic, competition with road transport, and what the future holds. Could you summarise the past and SŽDC’s mission?…