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    Freight: Lineas targets cost-effective ETCS

    2020-07-03T06:00:00Z

    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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    China: Dedicated doctors tend vast high speed network

    2020-07-03T00:00:00Z

    A dedicated fleet of trainsets designated as ’Doctor Yellow’ and ‘Doctor White’ is used to assess the condition of the high speed network across China. Murray Hughes reports.

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    Signalling: Taking ERTMS to the next level

    2020-07-01T06:00:00Z

    The European Rail Traffic Management System has reached a turning point, as pressure grows to speed deployment alongside the research into ‘game changer’ technologies which can underpin the future control, command and signalling framework.

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    Comment: Getting back on track

    2020-06-24T09:03:00Z

    An essential first step will be to overcome the perception that public transport is dangerous, and emphasise that the risks can be managed. As well as putting the appropriate processes in place, it is vital to get the messaging right, and that needs to start now.

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    China: Expansion drive continues

    2020-06-23T07:00:00Z

    Despite the impact of the coronavirus, expansion of the Chinese rail network is continuing steadily. Construction work is scheduled to get underway on no fewer than 116 new railway projects this year. Andrew Benton investigates.

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    China: CR targets recovery after Covid-19 slump

    2020-06-22T11:00:00Z

    China Railway’s ridership was hit hard by the coronavirus lockdown, but a range of initiatives are underway to stimulate recovery, while the construction of new lines continues unabated. Andrew Benton reports.

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    China: Learning lessons from a remarkable programme

    2020-06-19T12:01:00Z

    Built in an astonishingly short time, China’s huge high speed network has solved the national railway’s capacity problem and generated benefits beyond the rail sector. A comprehensive report by the World Bank suggests there are valuable lessons for other countries too, finds Murray Hughes.

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    Australia: How far and how fast?

    2020-06-18T13:28:00Z

    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

    2020-06-12T11:48:00Z

    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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    High speed: Reaping the economic benefits of HS1

    2020-06-12T07:00:00Z

    The high speed line between London and the Channel Tunnel generates annual benefits estimated at £427m, but there is still potential for another £100m if spare capacity is taken up.

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    High Speed: Open access comes to Spain

    2020-06-11T07:00:00Z

    December is set to see the launch of open access services on Spain’s high speed network. Mike Bent investigates.

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    Asia: Restoring trans-Korean links

    2020-06-03T07:24:00Z

    Despite the high profile political tensions of recent years, the governments in Seoul and Pyongyang continue to develop plans for better rail links to facilitate trade across the Korean peninsula as well as growing freight flows to Asia and Europe. Toma Bačić investigates.

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    China: Mixed fortunes on the Belt & Road

    2020-06-01T13:19:00Z

    While some projects being backed by China under the Belt Road Initiative have been impacted by Covid-19 precautions, others are forging ahead and further schemes are already taking shape, reports Andrew Benton .

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    Track design: Data drives a step change

    2020-05-27T10:38:00Z

    Although the fundamental principles of track design have endured for more than two centuries, there is still scope for innovation in areas such as surveying, monitoring and maintainability. UK-based track engineer Gareth Dennis presents a snapshot of the trends driving change in permanent way.

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    Interview: In search of ‘the golden middle’

    2020-05-18T09:42:00Z

    Eran Gartner, Chief Executive of infrastructure services and technology specialist Pandrol, reflects on the challenges of globalisation and the industry’s drive towards digital, as well as discussing the impact of Precision Scheduled Railroading with Nick Kingsley.

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    East Coast ETCS: the time is now

    2020-05-14T07:00:00Z

    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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    CrossCountry: Making a difference

    2020-05-11T14:42:00Z

    Once regarded as a ‘forgotten’ franchise, and wrestling with capacity challenges, CrossCountry is well placed to play an expanded role in reshaping the UK rail sector, Managing Director Tom Joyner tells Tony Miles.

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    UK Franchising: Adjusting to the new normal

    2020-05-06T07:26:00Z

    The suspension of passenger train operating franchises during the coronavirus crisis provides an opportunity to rethink the commercial model as the Department for Transport reflects on the findings of the Williams Review. Chris Jackson investigates.

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    Comment: Freight steps forward

    2020-05-01T08:02:00Z

    Photo: Toma Bačić Coffee is among the consumer goods increasingly moving by rail between Italy and northern Europe during the pandemic. Austria might be amongst the first countries seeking to reanimate its economy by easing the lockdown restrictions enforced to combat Covid-19, but it could ...

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    North Macedonia: Creating a railway crossroads

    2020-04-17T08:23:00Z

    Policymakers in North Macedonia are fostering enhanced links to neighbouring countries, while investment in Chinese rolling stock is improving the quality of local passenger and freight services. Žrsmt Director-General Orhan Murtezani and Fleet Director Petar Batalakov explain the national operator’s priorities to Toma Bačić.