May 2014 issue of Railway Gazette International.


  • Ripples on the surface


  • Main Line
  • Urban Rail
  • Market
  • Industry
  • Innovations
  • Pointers


  • It’s time to deploy: As railways around the world continue to install ERTMS, interoperable specifications are paving the way for further applications in Europe. Chris Jackson reports from the 11th UIC World Congress on ERTMS. in Istanbul.
  • China ups the pace of investment
  • SNCF bows to regional pressure
  • 220 km/h in the Gotthard Base Tunnel
  • Opening up the market
  • VDB reports record orders

Great Britain

  • In search of a ‘world-class railway’
    With the creation on April 1 of a Rail Executive, the UK government’s Department for Transport is seeking to place its rail activities on a more sustainable and collaborative footing
  • Infrastructure spending set
    Network Rail’s £38bn budget for the 2014-19 control period has now been finalised
  • Let the private sector deliver
    Stagecoach Group CEO and Rail Delivery Group Chairman Martin Griffiths is at the forefront of efforts to unite the key players in the British rail industry, both public and private, as they seek to make the case to government for investment, franchising and long-term certainty
  • Modular overhead to speed NR wiring campaign
    The Great Western Main Line from London to Bristol and Cardiff will be the first major route to be equipped with a TSI-compliant design of overhead line equipment, which is cheaper to install and maintain but at the same time more reliable
  • A second route to Oxford
    Work is now underway to create a new route between London and Oxford, to be operated by Chiltern Railways. Service are expected to begin running in 2015
  • Lessons from an open access pioneer
    First Hull Trains was the UK’s pioneering open access operator. Managing Director Will Dunnett explains what lies behind the company’s success, and its proposals for privately-financed electrification
  • Continental link dropped as crucial HS2 vote looms
    As parliament prepares to vote on the principle of constructing a high speed railway north from London, politicians and planners are busy fine-tuning the HS2 proposals

Infrastructure management

  • Possession policies drive down costs
    Swiss Federal Railways has found that understanding the relationship between cost and time can enhance the planning of maintenance and renewals through efficient resource allocation


  • Infrastructure in the spotlight
    More than 180 companies are expected to participate in the Infrarail 2014 trade fair taking place at London’s Earls Court exhibition centre on May 20-22

Research & skills


  • People - UITP wants more women in transport
  • Sidetrack
  • Diary


  • Railways risk fading to the periphery of transport policy unless they embrace market economics and remove barriers to competition, argues EU Transport Commissioner Siim Kallas

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