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Issue 6 2014



Noise & Vibrations: Noise-Differentiated Track Access Charges

3 December 2014 | By Libor Lochman, Ethem Pekin and Enno Wiebe, CER

Railways have an almost negligible impact on climate and environment compared to other modes of transport. The only remaining environmental challenge for the European rail sector is noise – a side effect of railway operation. For Global Railway Review, Libor Lochman, Executive Director of The Community of European Railway and…


The migration path towards ERTMS in Portugal

3 December 2014 | By Jose P. Neves, REFER Telecom and Fernando Vendas, REFER Engineering

Interoperability has become a key word in the European transport policy, with the aim of improving transport services. The application/renewal of signalling and telecommunication systems in the Portuguese railway network will follow this legal requirement and migrate to the new European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS). Jose P. Neves from…


The French railway reform and other European policy matters

3 December 2014 | By Jean-Pierre Audoux, FIF

2014 may not have run its full course quite yet, but it has already been marked in France by the adoption of the French railway system reform in early-August, therefore heralding the advent of a new public-sector organisation englobing SNCF and the infrastructure manager set-up in 1997, RFF (Réseau ferré…


Developing and evolving RTPI strategies in an era of cost-cutting

3 December 2014 | By David Whitley, London Midland

Keeping people informed is one of the simplest ways to reduce complaints, increase satisfaction and gain a reputation for good customer service, writes David Whitley – Head of Regional Services at London Midland. It’s all part of thinking like a passenger, and arguably more important than operational performance itself: a…


High-speed rail: Helping to shape the railways of tomorrow in Britain

3 December 2014 | By Jim Steer, Greengauge 21

In January 2006, when Greengauge 211 was launched, the Channel Tunnel Rail Link (HS1) in the UK was incomplete, and there was no expectation that it would be followed by further high-speed lines. For Global Railway Review, Jim Steer – Director of Greengauge 21 – the not-for-profit organisation established to…


LOROL maintains its focus on passenger safety at stations

3 December 2014 | By David Wornham, LOROL

Since taking over the London Overground concession in November 2007, passenger safety has been of paramount importance to London Overground Rail Operations Limited (LOROL) and despite a huge increase in passenger numbers – with daily passenger journeys up from 100,000 in 2007 to more than 450,000 today – we have…


A holistic approach to sustainability on Crossrail

3 December 2014 | By Dr Michael de Silva, Crossrail

At £15 billion, Crossrail in the UK is the largest infrastructure project in Europe. The new railway will connect 40 stations across London, including Heathrow Airport and Reading in the west with Canary Wharf, Abbey Wood and Shenfield in the east. Crossrail will add 10% extra rail capacity for London…


Borders Railway: The construction story so far

3 December 2014 | By Hugh Wark, The Borders Railway

The Borders Railway will re-establish passenger railway services in the Scottish Borders and Midlothian for the first time since 1969. It is the longest new domestic railway to be constructed in Britain for over a century; and represents one of the most significant pieces of infrastructure investment seen in Scotland…


Foreword: Collaboration in electrification

3 December 2014 | By Jeremy Candfield, Director General, RIA

Since privatisation of British Rail in the 1990s, one of the strengths of the UK railway industry has been the active involvement of a wide range of private sector companies, bringing technologies and skills from other sectors as well as adding the commercial and competitive disciplines of the private sector,…