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Issue 6 2016



Making a success of Britain’s rail renaissance

23 November 2016 | By Paul Maynard MP, UK Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport

The transformation of Britain’s railway is not just a political, technological and financial challenge. It is also a cultural challenge for a rail industry that is experiencing unprecedented change and modernisation.


Track and new stations continue to take shape on Crossrail

23 November 2016 | By Chris Binns, Chief Engineer, CrossRail

It’s a really exciting time on the Crossrail project. The focus has changed from building incredible structures to designing, installing and commissioning a series of end-to-end railway systems. With the overall programme now more than 75% complete, Chris Binns, Crossrail’s Chief Engineer, explains in this article that fit-out at stations…


A high-speed future – what do passengers want?

23 November 2016 | By Ian Wright, Head of Insight, Transport Focus

The UK’s High Speed 2 project has the potential to transform travel between major cities – but what do passengers really want from the new railway service? In this article Ian Wright, Head of Insight from Transport Focus, explains that understanding the needs of passengers is a crucial element if…


Northern’s commitment to change

23 November 2016 | By Alex Hynes, Managing Director, Northern

Northern is just over six months into a nine year programme to transform rail travel for customers. From new trains to more services, Northern will set the standard for future train operating franchises. Why are they doing this? And why are they investing £1 billion to make it happen for…


Transforming north – south train travel through London

23 November 2016 | By Mark Carne, Chief Executive, Network Rail

Network Rail’s ‘Railway Upgrade Plan’1 is an investment plan for Britain’s railways. It makes up two-thirds of Network Rail’s £40 billion spending priorities up to 2019 and represents the biggest sustained programme of rail modernisation since the Victoria era. For Global Railway Review Mark Carne, Network Rail’s Chief Executive, explains…


Railways: an essential player in Europe’s security challenge

23 November 2016 | By Libor Lochman, Executive Director & Alena Havlova, Security Adviser, CER

In this article for Global Railway Review CER’s Libor Lochman (Executive Director) and Alena Havlova (Security Adviser) state what’s needed in order to tackle terrorism and other security-related risks within the European railway industry. Read their justification for why Member States, EU institutions and the private sector must get more…


swissTAMP – big data in proactive track asset management

23 November 2016 | By Jochen Holzfeind, Krzysztof Wilczek and Ingolf Nerlich - SBB

For Swiss Federal Railways (SBB), swissTAMP is a key component in building a proactive asset management system vital for the efficient and effective planning of systematic track maintenance.


Asset management approach for railway track developed by TU Graz

23 November 2016 | By Matthias Landgraf and Markus Enzi, the Institute of Railway Engineering and Transport Economy, Graz University of Technology

Austria’s asset management strategy has been developed at Graz University of Technology, within the Institute of Railway Engineering and Transport Economy, in close cooperation with the Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB). Here Matthias Landgraf and Markus Enzi from the Institute present an approach that enables the holistic asset management of track,…


We’re competitors – why should we cooperate?

23 November 2016 | By Nicolas Jachiet, President of Fer de France

In this article Nicolas Jachiet, President of Fer de France, considers the challenges and hindrances the European rail industry might face in the years to come. He writes that we must reinvent rail to make it more agile, attractive and competitive; a requirement to ensure the continued existence of the…


Manufacturing quality in series

23 November 2016 | By Simon Misar, Head of Content in the Advertising Department of Plasser & Theurer

The new fleet programme of DB Netz AG (Deutsche Bahn’s rail infrastructure company) demonstrates extraordinary quality standards. Simon Misar, Head of Content in the Advertising Department of Plasser & Theurer, explains that – for the first time – Plasser & Theurer has built track maintenance machines for DB Netz AG…