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  • DB and SNCF high speed trains at Paris Est.
    In depth

    NGOs propose five policies for climate-friendly European rail renaissance

    2020-09-18T08:54:00Z

    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

  • Oyster readers.
    Urban news

    Account-based ticketing should not always mean EMV

    2020-04-30T06:00:00Z

    The coming years will be defined by a migration of automated fare collection systems to some form of account-based ticketing, says Jean-Philippe Wolyniec , Chair of the Marketing Working Group at the OSPT Alliance industry association. But while the level of convenience offered by bank card acceptance is high, operators ...

  • Christian Kuendig, Fitch
    News

    Rolling stock leasing companies exposed to effects of prolonged lockdowns

    2020-04-23T08:49:00Z

    Government support for train operators will protect the short-term cash generation of rolling stock leasing companies during coronavirus lockdown periods, but there could be pressure on their revenue base once the restrictions are lifted, warns Christian Kuendig , Senior Director, Non-Bank Financial Institutions, at Fitch Ratings.

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    News

    Time to build for the future

    2009-07-10T05:00:00Z

    EVOLUTION: Engineers with vision have an essential role to play in driving the revitalisation of Europe’s railways to meet the needs of a modern society.

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    News

    Making the right choices

    2009-06-05T05:00:00Z

    MOBILITY: Investment in public transport provides the opportunity to tackle the global economic downturn, addressing environmental concerns and building a sustainable urban framework for the longer term.

  • Wagons.
    News

    Developing railways must fight for their interests

    2009-05-25T05:00:00Z

    Freight Railways in the emerging economies of southeast Asia have for too long allowed their market share to be eroded by the road haulage sector. Dr Julison Arifin argues that the industry has often underestimated its role in the logistics mix, and the time has come to fight back.

  • Lyria (Photo: SBB).
    News

    The bloodbath is coming

    2009-04-02T05:00:00Z

    EUROPE: Liberalisation of international passenger services is intended to boost customer choice, but fierce competition between rail and air could result in consolidation, says Christian Rossi.

  • Docklands Light Railway.
    News

    Do not over-rely on modelling

    2009-03-20T06:00:00Z

    CAPACITY: Complex modelling techniques are used increasingly both for real-time decision-making and to prepare longer-term business plans. However, as Peter Koning of Faber Maunsell explains, the extent to which theoretical capacity differs from that available in the live environment is a significant concern.

  • Freight train.
    News

    Putting the customer first

    2009-02-13T07:00:00Z

    REFORM: Belgian national operator SNCB has undertaken a radical restructuring of its freight business to create a more commercially-focused business. But, as group co-ordinator Geert Pauwels explains, there is a lot still to do to ensure the incumbent keeps growing in an increasingly-competitive market.

  • Freight train.
    News

    Rail must do more to win logistics business

    2009-01-06T12:00:00Z

    LOGISTICS: Freight forwarders and 3PL providers want to make greater use of rail. But until the industry develops an international perspective to match the level of service offered by competing modes, its potential will remain unfulfilled.

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    News

    A fair market needs regulation

    2008-12-22T08:00:00Z

    EUROPE: An EU study of progress with railway liberalisation was presented in Brussels on November 7, as part of a process to recast the legislation in the First Railway Package. But the weighting of the responses risks understating the need for further change, warn Monika Heiming and Jan Möllmann.

  • Money.
    News

    Keep the railway affordable

    2008-11-25T08:00:00Z

    PRICING: Whilst the rail sector was trying not to talk itself into recession, the underlying message from industry leaders at InnoTrans 2008 was the need to keep tight control on costs and prices. Peter Badcock reports from Berlin.

  • Commuter train.
    News

    Things are going to get better

    2008-10-25T07:00:00Z

    SUSTAINABILITY: The world is starting to understand the challenge of climate change, and the public transport sector is demonstrating that it can help to change people's perceptions about the impact of their mobility choices, believes Heather Allen.

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    News

    Mega-trucks are not the answer

    2008-09-10T11:00:00Z

    FREIGHT: The European Commission is considering a report recommending the EU-wide acceptance of longer and heavier lorries, but environmentally and economically this would be a monumental step in the wrong direction, argues Michael Clausecker.

  • US freight train.
    News

    Don't re-regulate rail freight

    2008-08-01T13:38:00Z

    REGULATION: Rail has a major role to play in reducing energy use and addressing environmental concerns in North America, but proposals being debated in the US Congress to increase regulation of the sector could halt much-needed investment in additional capacity, argues Ed Hamberger.

  • News

    Working towards a sustainable future

    2008-06-24T04:38:00Z

    ENVIRONMENT: Despite growing concerns about climate change and energy efficiency, imbalances in the pricing of different transport modes continue to distort the market across Europe. But CER Chairman Aad Veenman sees signs of progress at last.

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    News

    Is it mission impossible?

    2008-05-29T04:23:00Z

    Bangladesh is really a large city, and rail-based mass transport will be a necessity. But how should the railway develop its role when it has lost almost all its traffic to road?

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    'Reduce the flexibility of ERTMS'

    2008-04-03T04:41:00Z

    Speaking at Terrapinn's EuroRail 2008 event in Milano on February 27, Swiss Federal Railways' Head of Train Protection Dr Thomas Staffelbach called for Europe's railways to recognise that less flexibility in the design of ERTMS would be for their own benefit

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    News

    'The nightmare scenario'

    2008-03-19T05:02:00Z

    Thalys International's Chief Executive Jean-Michel Dancoisne explains how capacity constraints and cross-border regulatory inconsistency risk making his job anything but a dream.