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    Philippines: Commuter corridor leads rail revival

    2021-06-04T08:39:00Z

    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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    My life in rail: Emma Osborn

    2021-05-21T07:00:00Z

    Reflecting on her experience in dealing with people at all levels across the rail sector, Emma Osborn suggests that a greater focus on diversity and inclusion can help to provide solutions for many of the broader challenges now facing the world’s railways.

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    Austria: Weststrecke modernisation heads west

    2021-05-20T07:00:00Z

    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

    2021-05-18T13:45:00Z

    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

    2021-05-17T12:37:00Z

    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

    2021-05-14T08:44:00Z

    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

    2021-05-13T07:08:00Z

    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

    2021-05-12T06:31:00Z

    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

    2021-05-10T11:00:00Z

    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

    2021-05-06T09:52:00Z

    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

    2021-05-05T10:20:00Z

    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

    2021-05-04T14:43:00Z

    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

    2021-04-28T12:30:00Z

    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

    2021-04-27T12:44:00Z

    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

    2021-04-23T12:00:00Z

    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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    Rail Baltica concept trains inspired by sun, sea and sand

    2021-04-23T10:10:00Z

    EUROPE: Rail Baltica project promoter RB Rail has produced conceptual images to help inform the public about the type of trains which could link Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania with Poland and western Europe using the future standard gauge line. The concepts are intended to inform the ...

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    Training & Skills: Training the world’s rail welders

    2021-04-20T14:17:00Z

    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

    2021-04-19T09:42:00Z

    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

    2021-04-13T07:00:00Z

    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.

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    Switzerland: GoldenPass Express launch postponed to 2022

    2021-04-12T09:05:00Z

    After repeated delays, Montreux-Oberland Bahn has chosen to further postpone the start date for its gauge-changing GoldenPass Express panoramic trains between Montreux and Interlaken until the end of 2022. Murray Hughes reports.