All Analysis articles – Page 3

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    A ticket to ride


    ‘The complex reality of managing the back office processes of the modern passenger railway can sometimes be overlooked’, suggests Nick Kingsley.

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    Go east, young people


    INTERNATIONAL: Later this year, the EU Gateway programme is to organise its first ‘market scoping mission’ to Japan specifically aimed at the rail sector. Timed to coincide with the Mass-Trans Innovation exhibition in Chiba at the end of November, the trip will include briefings, site visits and an opportunity to ...

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    Trials aim to blow the dust off rail ticketing


    UK: A complete overhaul of the structure of Great Britain’s fares system is being planned by the Rail Delivery Group, with the aim of reflecting changes in the way passengers now travel and enabling bidders for future franchises to put forward more innovative ideas for ticketing. As the first stage ...

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    Not just the budget


    The Indian government’s plan to abolish the annual railway budget is a welcome move which could facilitate more wide-ranging reforms, suggests Raghu Dayal.

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    Digital convergence is coming


    ERTMS: ‘Train control is not enough’, suggested UIC Director-General Jean-Pierre Loubinoux in his opening remarks to the 12th ERTMS World Conference, hosted in Brussels last month by Infrabel. He argued that future signalling systems needed to move beyond simply block and speed control, and be integrated ‘more intensively’ with traffic ...

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    The price of safety


    'Technical advances have to be considered and treated as part of an overall risk reduction strategy.'

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    Time to get ahead of the game


    With her review of Network Rail's structure and financing expected to be published in March, HS1 CEO Nicola Shaw outlined her thinking to the Railway Study Association in London.

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    Tough times bite


    RUSSIA: Russian Railways will have to adopt a more customer-focused strategy and improve the quality of services if it is to increase revenue in 2016, new President Oleg Belozerov warned in mid-December. Discussing the provisional year-end results at the final board meeting of 2015, Belozerov said RZD needed to ‘increase ...

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    Market opening presents opportunities and risks


    The EU's Fourth Railway Package raises the prospect of significant market opening in the domestic passenger market across Europe. As Mike George of insurance provider Willis Group explains, this heralds a major opportunity for new entrants with entrepreneurial zeal - but only if they understand fully a panoply of operational ...

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    Overcoming a lost generation


    Having largely missed out on a generation of skilled young recruits in the past 15 to 20 years, the US railway engineering sector is working hard to catch up by encouraging educational institutions to support rail-related courses. But changing cultural and behavioural patterns among young people means the rail sector ...

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    Open access can replace long-distance franchises


    Earlier this year the UK’s Competition & Markets Authority launched a consultation looking at how greater competition might be introduced on the British network. Nick Brooks responds by arguing for a licensing approach that would allow the open access model to replace franchising on inter-city routes.