All articles by Chris Jackson – Page 2

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    Comment: Beware of the weather


    ‘Disruption from extreme weather events seems to be increasing rapidly in many parts of the world’

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    Kenya: The lion stirs again


    With expansion of the Chinese-backed standard-gauge railway currently on hold, Kenya Railways Corp has turned its attention to revitalising key sections of its ageing metre-gauge network. Chris Jackson investigates.

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    Freight: Lineas targets cost-effective ETCS


    Europe’s largest independent freight operator Lineas has decided to equip its diesel locomotives with a new generation of software-based ETCS onboard equipment being developed by The Signalling Company. Co-founders Stanislas PinteAlexandre Bétis and Christophe Lechevalier explain the thinking to Chris Jackson.

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    Australia: How far and how fast?


    High speed rail is once again being touted as a way to boost Australia’s economy after the coronavirus pandemic and improve transport sustainability, but for now the government is focusing on ‘faster rail’ links between regional centres. Chris Jackson investigates.

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    Comment: A question of support


    Chris Jackson , Editor-in-Chief, Railway Gazette Governments and railways around the world are facing up to the economic turmoil engendered by the coronavirus pandemic and the threat of long-term recession. But as countries start easing their lockdown restrictions, the thinking needs to move from simply getting ...

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    East Coast ETCS: the time is now


    Alignment of signalling and rolling stock renewals with service expansion has helped to make the case for installation of ETCS Level 2 on Britain’s East Coast Main Line’. Chris Jackson talks to Network Rail Programme Director Toufic Machnouk and LNER’s Head of ERTMS Paul Boyle.

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    Research: We need to focus on the vision


    As the first Shift2Rail research programme heads towards completion, thoughts are turning to priorities for the next European budget period after 2021. Focusing on the outcomes that rail must deliver by 2050 will help to identify where technical and operational innovation is needed, as Executive Director Carlo Borghini explains to Chris Jackson.

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    Comment: Stop talking, start acting


    ‘There is no European Green Deal without rail’. That was the emphatic message from Siemens Mobility CEO and UNIFE Chair Sabrina Soussan, addressing a round-table discussion at the annual European Rail Award in Brussels on February 18, hosted jointly by CER and UNIFE.

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    Infrastructure: Making maintenance smarter


    Digital asset management and innovative rail treatment techniques lie at the heart of Vossloh Rail Services’ integrated approach to track maintenance. Managing Director Marcel Taubert explains the company’s strategy to Chris Jackson in Hamburg.

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    Norway: Digital campus supports ERTMS roll-out


    Complete replacement of existing signalling with ETCS forms a key element in Norway’s digital railway initiative, as part of a massive investment in rail to reduce the country’s carbon footprint. Chris Jackson reports from Oslo.

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    Australia: Automated operation is paying off


    Building on earlier technical enhancements, the roll-out of driverless operation under the AutoHaul project is already starting to deliver capacity and efficiency benefits that have more than justified a decade of development, Rio Tinto’s Shaun Robertson tells Chris Jackson. 

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    Comment: The price of safety


    Technical advances have to be considered and treated as part of an overall risk reduction strategy, argues our Editor-in-Chief Chris Jackson.

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    SNCB prepares to move ahead


    January 1 2005 may see Belgian Railways split into separate infrastructure and operations companies, but Chief Executive Karel Vinck told Chris Jackson that implementation of his four-year business plan is likely to take longer

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    ‘In five years it will be necessary to think very differently’


    Two years after it came into existence, Italy’s state-owned train operator has laid the groundwork to cope with liberalisation in its domestic market. Trenitalia Chief Executive Roberto Renon outlined his vision to Chris Jackson

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    A ‘huge opportunity’ in open access


    Rail Traction Company was the first open access freight operator to begin running in Italy. Founder and Director-General Giuseppe Sciarrone explained his strategy to Chris Jackson

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    ‘The situation in Holland is critical’


    Seven years after the separation of infrastructure and operations, the punctuality on Netherlands Railways hit a post-1995 low, fuelled by labour and rolling stock shortages. Chris Jackson spoke to NS and the ministry of transport about their recently-agreed five-year recovery plan, which provides for a 23% growth in passenger traffic. New legislation will see the formation of a state-owned infrastructure management company and the award of long-term operating concessions, in a bid to restore quality and support high levels of investment in the rail network.