THE Hipertrack project (left) could reduce the need for lineside noise barriers on high speed lines, according to the Fraunhofer Institute.

If so, this would represent a major step forward in track design, which we have chosen as one of several railway technology topics to be discussed at our Centenary Congress on July 1 in London. Our speaker on this theme will be Dr Klaus Riessberger, Head of the Railway Department at Graz University.

Other speakers include TTCI President Roy Allen, SBB Chief Executive Officer Dr Benedikt Weibel, and Alstom Transport’s Senior Vice-President, Technical, François Lac