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Issue 6 2016

 

Proactive and real-time weather action plan keeps Belgian trains running in winter

30 November 2016 | By ,

Infrabel – the Belgian railway infrastructure manager – takes both preventive measures and carries out real-time intervention to prepare the Belgian railway network and to keep it running smoothly through the autumn and winter. In this article for European Railway Review, Luc Vansteenkiste, Director of Asset Management, and Ann Billiau,…

Winter is coming – how does NS and ProRail cope?

28 November 2016 | By

Snow and frost can have a major impact on train timetables. NS is the largest rail carrier in the Netherlands and together with the network manager, ProRail, it has a number of measures ready and waiting to ensure it can keep transporting as many passengers as possible when winter comes.…

Winter Operations supplement 2016

23 November 2016 | By

Infrabel’s Luc Vansteenkiste and Ann Billiau discuss how a proactive and real-time weather action plan keeps Belgian trains running in winter, whilst Gennady Verkhovykh covers keeping Russia’s railways moving during winter, and Zaugg present their track-based snow clearing systems...

Noise & Vibrations supplement 2016

23 November 2016 | By

In this Noise & Vibrations supplement Marcin Wójcik discusses why rail noise needs to be addressed, Maria Price and Markus Vaerst assess retrofitting rail freight wagons, and Adrian Egger and Markus Heim cover quality control measurements after 30 years of operation...

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.