Save the City

This video from the International of Public Transport argues that ’without mobility, a city is no longer a city’. Aimed at increasing awareness of the role of public transport amongst decision makers and opinion formers, it highlights examples of good practice in land use and transport planning from around the world. It is available in English, French and German.

BFr500 or 12·39 euros from UITP, Ave Herrmann Debroux 17, B-1160 Brussels, Belgium.

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abc Railway Operations

by John Glover

This 128-page paperback attempts to explain the complexities of operating Britain’s privatised railway, and the inter-company relationships which are the key to keeping the trains running. The 11 chapters cover: the organisation, operating principles, track and signalling, passenger stations, passenger operations, freight operations, service provision and planning, operations, performance measurement, safety, and future developments. ISBN 0 7110 2689 0 £6·99 from Midland Counties Publications, Unit 3 Maizefield, Hinkley, Leicestershire LE10 1YF, Great Britain.

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Les TGV Européens

by Eric Cinotti and Jean-Baptiste Tréboul

This addition to the ’Que sais-je?’ series of pocket books offers a concise history of the development of the TGV in France and its derivatives elsewhere in Europe. Topics discussed range from European transport politics to pricing and market share. Eurostar receives some fulsome praise, although the authors note that uniforms worn by the 12 staff on each train cost Fr6000 each. Thalys is also well covered as an example of how high speed rail travel may influence European integration.

ISBN 2 13 050565 1 Presses Universitaires de France, 108 Boulevard Saint-Germain, 75006 Paris, France.

Jane’s World Railways 1999-2000

edited by Ken Harris

With 850 pages, the latest edition of this reference work provides a great deal of background information about railway operators and suppliers around the world. A handy summary gives details of the main changes to the text: there are over 200 new entries, but continuing restructuring has seen around 50 suppliers disappear. ISBN 0 7106 1922 7 £290 from Jane’s Information Group, Sentinel House, 163 Brighton Road, Coulsdon, Surrey CR5 2YH, Great Britain.

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