Features & Analysis

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    Thailand: Grand opening in prospect


    Passengers are expected to start using Bangkok’s Bang Sue Grand station in July as the first phase of the emerging passenger hub begins to serve two elevated suburban routes, reports Peter Janssen.

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    Europe: Reviving the overnight network


    An array of revived and new overnight services is planned across western and central Europe. Murray Hughes provides an overview of the latest developments.

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    France: Report presages night train renaissance


    A detailed report on the revival of domestic and international overnight passenger services on the French network indicates a potential market of 5∙7 million trips a year.

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    Philippines: Commuter corridor leads rail revival


    Civil works are getting underway on the Malolos – Clark section of Manila’s North-South Commuter Railway, a flagship scheme for the government’s Build, Build, Build initiative that is expected to herald a wider programme of rail investment across the archipelago.

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    Austria: Weststrecke modernisation heads west


    This year sees the start of upgrading work on the Linz – Wels section of Austria’s principal east-west main line, under a decades-long programme now expected to be completed around 2032. Toma Bačić reviews the state of progress.

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    Comment: Balancing survival and ambition


    Rail and metro operators face a delicate task of managing short term financial imperatives relating to the pandemic while also positioning themselves to capitalise on longer term megatrends favouring the sector, argues Managing Editor Nick Kingsley.

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    Track Maintenance: Eyes in the sky keep railways clear


    Developed through a project with DB Netz, automated assessment of satellite data is providing an increasingly effective means to detect threats to track and structures from lineside vegetation, hazardous trees and earth movements.

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    Track Maintenance: Sinara banks on a full-service model


    Having built up its track maintenance division through a series of acquisitions in recent years and started developing a new range of high-performance machines for Russian Railways, Sinara Transport Machines is now targeting the export market, reports Vladmir Waldin.

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    UK: Bringing home internet speeds onto the train


    Evo-Rail has developed 5G-based telecoms technology capable of data transmission speeds above 1Gb/sec between the lineside and a moving train. Its first large-scale deployment is on the South Western Railway network this year, as Managing Director Simon Holmes explains to Tony Miles.

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    UK: Cleaning up diesel exhausts


    A first-of-a-kind trial has demonstrated the benefits of retrofitting exhaust after-treatment to existing diesel multiple-units, reducing emissions and improving air quality.

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    UK: Transforming Transport for Wales


    Transport for Wales is pushing ahead with its ambitious strategy to refresh the country’s rail services, despite the ending of a long-term operating contract as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Tony Miles investigates.

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    UK: HS2 progress overshadowed by coronavirus and controversy


    While construction of HS2’s initial phase between London and the West Midlands is forging ahead despite local protests, completion of the 540 km ‘Y network’ as originally outlined in 2010 now appears much less certain. Nick Kingsley reports.

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    UK: HS2 enters the delivery stage


    After years of parliamentary scrutiny, the initial phases of High Speed 2 are now firmly under construction, with the railway initially expected to link London with Crewe from 2033, as HS2 Ltd Chief Executive Mark Thurston explains.

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    India: Budget sets ambitious targets


    The government has promised record capital investment in India’s rail network as part of its 2021-22 budget, citing the National Rail Plan now in development. However, IR needs to improve its productivity and get its finances back on an even keel, believes Raghu Dayal.

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    Viewpoint: Unlocking Africa’s economic growth


    Railway reform and regulatory stability will help to revitalise Africa’s railways and put them at the heart of sustainable transport strategies across the African Continental Free Trade Area, suggests ARIA Chief Executive Officer Mesela Nhlapo.

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    France: Regions take on revival of rural routes


    Following recent changes in legislation, France’s regional governments have the option of taking control of rural railways within their jurisdiction. Will this reverse the long decline of minor routes and branch lines? Christian Scasso investigates.

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    Training & Skills: Supporting recovery and the EU Green Deal


    Reflecting on the importance of research and innovation in shaping a more sustainable rail sector, outgoing ERRAC Chair Alberto Parrondo considers the strategic priorities which need to be addressed by the new Europe’s Rail Joint Undertaking.

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    Training & Skills: Training the world’s rail welders


    Last year, Pandrol opened a railway welding centre of excellence in Raismes, northern France, which is already proving its worth as training methods change during the pandemic. Nick Kingsley reports.

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    Training & Skills: Time to HOP on board


    Innovation and digitalisation are changing young people’s perception of railways, while opening up attractive career opportunities. Work is underway to rethink rail-related training and education, in order to provide the skills needed to shape sustainable mobility for the future.

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    Interview: Digital becomes tangible


    There is a window of opportunity to combine increased public funding with the demonstrable operational benefits of digital technology in order to drive modal shift to rail after the pandemic, Knorr-Bremse’s Board Member for Rail Systems Dr Jürgen Wilder explains to Nick Kingsley.