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  • A former British Airways Chief Executive, Keith Williams gave the annual George Bradshaw Address in London on February 26.
    Rail Business UK

    Put customers first, Williams tells UK rail sector


    UK: The rail industry needs ‘to adapt to a fast changing world’, and ensure that it focuses on the needs of passenger and freight customers, according to former British Airways Chief Executive Keith Williams, who was last year commissioned by Secretary of State for Transport Chris Grayling to undertake a ...

  • A DART EMU calls at Dublin's Pearse station, where the life-expired overall roof is due to be replaced by 2020. (Photo: Tony Miles)

    Irish implementation plan focuses six-year rail spend


    Substantial investment in heavy and light rail is envisaged under the National Transport Authority’s Draft Integrated Implementation Plan for 2019-24. Tony Miles investigates

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    Export drive expected as Chinese market loses momentum


    CHINA: While the demand for railway technology is expected to continue at a high level for the next five years, the Chinese market has lost momentum and is not expected to grow, according to a new study by German consultants SCI Verkehr. This may put pressure on Chinese suppliers to ...

  • HS2 Ltd says that contracts are to be let shortly for construction of Old Oak Common station in west London and expansion of London Euston to handle HS2 services.

    ‘Broad coalition’ needed to deliver HS2


    UK: ‘It will take a broad coalition involving us, the supply chain and local and national government to deliver this project’, Mark Thurston, Chief Executive of government high speed rail project delivery company HS2 Ltd told the All-Party Parliamentary Rail Group on November 20. He was updating parliamentarians on ...

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    Editorial Comment

    20 years to save the planet


    ‘Rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society’ are needed if global warming is to be limited to 1·5°C above pre-industrial levels, according to an assessment by the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Presented in Incheon on October 8, the Special Report ...

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    Driving innovation in rail freight


    EUROPE: ‘We need a quantum leap’, suggested DG Move’s Director of Land Transport Elisabeth Werner, speaking at a workshop in Brussels on October 25 to launch the European Rail Industry Freight Agenda. Emphasising that rail freight had a key role to play in the decarbonisation of European transport, Werner warned ...

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    PRASA on the brink as court defers safety shutdown


    SOUTH AFRICA: The future of the 2 300 route-km network operated by Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa is in grave doubt amid a spiralling safety crisis that has seen the national rail regulator request suspension of the operator’s licence. The Rail Safety Regulator suspended PRASA’s right to operate ...

  • FlixMobility aims to become a multimodal provider of sustainable transport, CEO & Co-Founder André Schwämmlein tells Railway Gazette International

    FlixTrain: ‘We want to make sustainable mobility accessible to everyone’


    Having grown from a tech startup to an international coach company in just five years, FlixMobility has now entered the rail market. The e-commerce platform seeks to become a multimodal provider of sustainable transport, CEO & Co-Founder André Schwämmlein tells Railway Gazette International

  • The French government is to prioritise investment at key rail hubs outside Paris. It has also recommitted to the planned new line between Lyon and Torino.

    Urban hubs prioritised in French infrastructure programme


    FRANCE: On September 11 Transport Minister Elisabeth Borne outlined her ministry’s infrastructure spending priorities for the decade to 2028. In the rail sector, spending is to be focused on the ‘everyday needs of users’ in keeping with the priorities set out in mid-2017 by President Emmanuel Macron. Offering a ...

  • A 57 km base tunnel is at the heart of the planned new line between Lyon and Torino.

    Alpine impasse as political infighting threatens Lyon – Torino base tunnel


    ANALYSIS: Conte says no, but Salvini says yes. This sums up the Italian media’s view of the conflict at the heart of the new ‘yellow and green’ government in Roma over the future of the Lyon – Torino trans-Alpine railway, writes Christian Scasso . A coalition of the ...

  • The auditors are particularly critical of the average speeds achieved on parts of the Spanish high speed network.

    EU audit condemns ‘ineffective patchwork’ of high speed lines


    EUROPE: A lack of cross-border co-ordination between member states has reduced the effectiveness of European Union investment in high speed rail, according to a report published by the European Court of Auditors on June 26. Suggesting that ‘there is no European high speed rail network’, the report concludes that there ...

  • An SNCF diesel trainset stands at Le Tréport in March. Photo: Jean-Paul Masse

    Last train to Le Tréport


    The cessation of passenger trains over the branch from Abbeville to Le Tréport has reignited debate over the future of France’s secondary lines within the ongoing railway reform programme. Jean-Paul Masse reports.

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    Rail Business UK

    Going ETCS-ready


    UK: Secretary of State for Transport Chris Grayling says he wants ‘all signal renewals and upgrades – from next year – to be digital, or at least digital-ready’, in order to make the best use of the available funding. Speaking an event in York on May 10 to launch the ...

  • Ankara hosted the 10th World Congress on High Speed Rail. The next Congress is expected to take place in 2019-20 in China.

    Competition is key as high speed rail keeps growing


    Global ridership has surged by 40% in the three years since UIC last staged its World Congress on High Speed Rail. Yet operators and policymakers must work hard to keep the rail mode ahead as competition grows both in and for the market. Benjámin Zelki reports from the latest summit ...

  • The Hudson Tunnels are used by both Amtrak long-distance and New Jersey Transit commuter trains. Amtrak is the infrastructure owner for this section of the Northeast Corridor.

    Hopes rise on Gateway tunnel funding despite Trump opposition


    USA: Hopes of progress in the Gateway Programme to build new tunnels between New York and New Jersey were raised on March 22 when $650m of federal funding was directed to Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor. The Gateway Programme covers a series of enhancements worth approximately $30bn to the busiest section ...

  • PriestmanGoode has been helping to develop pod design concepts for Hyperloop Transportation Technologies.

    Don’t believe the hype about Hyperloop


    Policymakers around the world have been beguiled by the prospects of Hyperloop technology providing a paradigm shift in inter-city transport, potentially at the expense of rail investment. However, Gareth Dennis sounds a note of caution about the technical and commercial hurdles facing this ‘fifth mode of transport’.

  • It is an ‘exciting time’ for smart ticketing, Rambus Ticketing Managing Director Russell McCullagh told Railway Gazette International at the Transport Ticketing Global 2018 conference.

    'Passengers want to be able to download an app and travel'


    It is an ‘exciting time’ for smart ticketing, Rambus Ticketing Managing Director Russell McCullagh told Railway Gazette International at the Transport Ticketing Global 2018 conference in London.

  • Spinetta says that high speed rail is integral to the needs of the French travelling public, but his report advises against the construction of more high speed lines, as most major cities are now served by TGVs.

    Spinetta report urges SNCF to prepare for competition


    FRANCE: The national railway must refocus on ‘the areas where it has greatest relevance’: transporting large numbers of passengers within urban areas, and providing high speed connectivity between France’s principal cities. This mission statement is at the heart of a landmark report handed to Prime Minister Edouard Philippe on ...

  • Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orban  welcomes Chinese Premier Li Keqiang to Budapest for the sixth 16+1 summit on November 26. (Photo: Tibor Illyes/EPE-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)

    Chinese investment threatens conflict of loyalties


    Chinese infrastructure investments in Central and Eastern Europe continue to pose concerns for EU leaders, reports Tim Banning.

  • Rail ridership in France is dominated by commuter routes around Paris, but occupancy rates on regional and conventional inter-city trains remain weak, according to Arafer.

    Rail market share falling in France, says regulator


    FRANCE: In a report on rail passenger services covering 2015 and 2016, regulatory body Arafer found that rail’s market share had fallen by an average of 0·5% a year since 2011, whereas that of other modes had increased. Published on November 16, the report said that rail had a ...