By Bryan Nye, Chief Executive Officer, Australasian Railway Association
A group of European climate NGOs has proposed five policies to encourage modal shift to rail in support of EU greenhouse gas reduction targets. Lena Donat, Policy Advisor Low-Carbon Mobility at development and environment organisation Germanwatch, explains what is needed
Despite surging growth in in recent years, the port of Melbourne remains heavily reliant on road haulage, causing major impacts in the nearby city centre. So the state government and port operator are redoubling efforts to shift more freight to rail after a number of false starts. John Kirk reports.
After nearly 30 years of use, Germany’s first two high speed lines are being given a complete makeover with new track and replacement components for other hardware. Murray Hughes reports on a programme valued at €825m.
With passenger traffic down by 44% and freight by 13% in the first half of the year, the coronavirus pandemic caused Deutsche Bahn’s profits to slump by almost €4bn, reports Timon Heinrici. Nevertheless, the government has committed huge sums to try and turn the state-owned railway group around.
The German government has assigned rail a fundamental role in its climate change strategy, promising unprecedented levels of financial support for expansion and modernisation of the national network. Murray Hughes investigates.
‘Disruption from extreme weather events seems to be increasing rapidly in many parts of the world’
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