Dr Sam Bemment, Technical and Innovation Manager at the Railway Industry Association (RIA), explores how Great Britain’s railway copes with the challenges that harsh winter weather can bring and what innovations can be developed to minimise disruption to the rail network in the future.
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Issue 6 2020
When winter weather threatens disruption to rail services, networks need to pull together to keep everyone moving safely. For Global Railway Review, David Simpson, ScotRail’s Operations Director, shares some of the planning, preparation and response work by the dedicated partnership, Scotland’s Railway, to achieve just that.
Rob Reilly, Executive Vice‑President and Chief Operating Officer from the Canadian National Railway Company (CN), discusses the benefits of robust planning for harsh winter weather.
Laurent Bellan, Chief Information Officer at Eurostar, details the work being done to improve Wi-Fi connectivity for on-board passengers across its fleet, and the challenge of ensuring a stable and consistent connection for the entire journey for all Eurostar travellers, irrespective of their differing internet needs.
Danny Gonzalez, Chief Digital and Innovation Officer at British train operating company, London North Eastern Railway (LNER), explains how they are leading the way to bring digital innovation and connectivity to UK rail.
Kaspars Briškens, Head of Strategy and Development at the Rail Baltica joint venture, RB Rail AS, explains why a comprehensive approach to noise and vibration reduction is included in the Rail Baltica infrastructure project and how this contributes to the overall goal of achieving zero environmental impact once the rail…
Zoe McLernon, Multimodal Policy Manager at Logistics UK, shares the challenges surrounding noise disturbance caused by rail freight operations and explores the areas that Logistics UK recommends that government and industry should focus on to help keep noise and vibration to a minimum.
Christian Fritz, Vice President for Customer Service & Project Management of the Diagnostic and Monitoring Technologies for Infrastructure Department at voestalpine Signaling Austria GmbH, writes that the development of intelligent switch machines is fundamental in the digital transformation of rail networks.
Xavier Champaud, Managing Director for Nomad Digital, shares his thoughts on the importance of digitalisation in improving passenger experience and operational performance, and how in particular, Nomad Digital can help train operating companies deliver better connectivity.
The coronavirus lockdowns changed the UK overnight. For office workers, it meant a dramatic shift towards the workplace becoming the kitchen table, with pets and children being distractions, and technology being pushed to its limits. Atkins’ Jo Moffatt and Sukhy Duggal look at how to assess and capitalise on the ‘new…
More capacity is urgently required on Britain’s already overstretched railway network. Supporting this much-needed modernisation is Rail BI, a business intelligence tool which can be applied to the estimating, cost modelling and life-cycle costing elements of rail infrastructure project delivery. Global Railway Review takes a closer look.
Reliable connectivity has become an ‘expected norm’ in our everyday lives, including when stepping onto a train. With passengers expecting to be able to work, access up-to-date information and be entertained while they travel, this In-Depth Focus showcases the on-board connectivity strategies of three different train operating companies and how…
Kate Myers, Head of Skills, Employment and Education (SEE) at HS2 Ltd, explains how embedding SEE as one of the company’s seven strategic objectives is fundamental to the overall project success to deliver the UK’s new high-speed rail network.
Australia is a vast country, and its freight challenges are unique. The long‑touted solution to long‑haul rail freight in Australia is the 1,700km Inland Rail project, which is now becoming a reality. Richard Wankmuller, Inland Rail’s CEO, provides a project update and outlines the key benefits and opportunities that Inland Rail will…
When winter temperatures dip below freezing, passenger trains with potable water-bearing systems for on-board kitchen galleys and sanitary systems are in danger of freezing when the train heat is turned off for switching locomotives or even during brief layovers. If not properly protected, a freeze up can result in burst…