By Henry Becket, Consultant in Railway Economics
Upgrading and reconstruction is in progress to facilitate creation of two freight corridors in the Iberian peninsula. One will link Portugal’s Atlantic ports with the French border at Irún/Hendaye, while the other offers a direct route between the Levante region and the industrial heartlands of northern Spain. Mike Bent reports.
Completion of the long-planned Pajares cut-off in northern Spain as part of the country’s high speed network is now expected towards the end of this year. Inauguration is planned in 2022, reports Mike Bent.
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 Pinte, Alexandre Bétis and Christophe Lechevalier explain the thinking to Chris Jackson.
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.
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.
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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