Alexander Veitch - Articles and news items
Supplements / 4 April 2014 /
In this exclusive online only Sustainability supplement, Alex Veitch from the Rail Delivery Group writes about the progress and challenges of rail sustainability in the UK; Libor Lochman from the CER assesses how rail transport matters to sustainability goals; Sharon Vye-Parminter highlights the important South West Trains-Network Rail Alliance; and João Morais Sarmento from REFER discusses sustainable experience for environmental management…
Issue 1 2013 / 20 February 2013 /
European Railway Review is committed to keeping our readers informed of current and future rail transport developments throughout Europe. We achieve this via our mix of project and investment coverage, regional and country profiles, technical features and industry news. To help with the continuing success of European Railway Review, we are pleased to reveal our new-look Editorial Board, welcoming some familiar industry faces and respected experts. Our Editorial Board Members have been selected to represent our core subject areas and we plan to regularly utilise their knowledge and expertise within the publication.
Libor Lochman Executive Director, Community of European Railway and Infrastructure Companies (CER)
Commenting on joining the publication’s editorial panel, Libor said: “European Railway Review is a well-established technical journal which consistently reports on news about the European rail sector. I am pleased to be part of the Editorial Board and I am looking forward to regularly sharing my expertise with key decision makers from the European railway world.”
Libor took up the post of Executive Director of the CER on 1 January 2012. He graduated from the Transport University in Zilina and has a doctorate in electronics from the West-Bohemian University Plzen. Libor has a strong background in control-command and signalling systems. Prior to his role as CER Deputy Executive Director and Leader of Technical Affairs (2007-2011), Libor acted as Director of the Railway Test Centre, a facility for testing European rolling stock, infrastructure and signalling components, in Prague (2000-2005).
Robin Gisby Managing Director, Network Operations, Network Rail
“There is much we can learn, and have already learned, from other infrastructure operators across Europe,” says Robin on confirming his place on the panel. “Sharing experience and expertise is absolutely crucial, which is why I’m delighted to join the Editorial Board of European Railway Review.”
Robin took up the new position of Managing Director, Network Operations in June 2011. Until this appointment, Robin was Director, Operations and Customer Services from May 2004 and was appointed to the Board of Network Rail in October 2008. This followed many successful years in the company, including in its previous incarnation as Railtrack, where he held a variety of roles including Regional Director. Before joining Railtrack, Robin had engineering and operational roles in both the UK and overseas, mainly with GKN plc.
“Britain’s railways are booming, with more and more people and businesses choosing rail each year,” says Robin. “As numbers continue to grow, the challenge to deliver a safe and reliable railway for passenger and freight operators on one of the busiest mixed-use rail networks in Europe grows too. From an operational perspective, these are fascinating times. Our railway is among the oldest in the world, but today we move more trains than ever before on a network half the size that it was 50 years ago. The challenges of growth and the need to demon – strate value for money mean we are more focused than ever before on new technology and new ways of working which allow us to get the most out of Britain’s rail infrastructure.”
Alex Hynes Managing Director – Rail Development, Go-Ahead
On joining the editorial panel, Alex explains: “It’s important that we learn from the experience of other European countries as we seek to sustain customer satisfaction and cost reduction in a changing UK rail market. In particular, drawing from continental experience of providing services to regional authorities will be invaluable as the devolution agenda takes off in the UK. I look forward to contributing to and sharing in the discussion on these and other issues through my membership on European Railway Review’s Editorial Board.”
Rail industry news / 8 January 2013 /
Alex Vetch has joined our Editorial Board…
Bridging the energy gap at Blackfriars (Paul Byrne, Senior Project Manager for Blackfriars, Network Rail)
Does high-speed rail contribute to a more sustainable transport system? (Ignacio Barrón de Angoiti, Director of the Passenger, High Speed and Stations Department and Coordinator of Latin America Region, UIC, and European Railway Review Editorial Board Member and Alexander Veitch, Head of Sustainable Development Unit, UIC)
Cooperative working to reduce carbon emissions on the GB mainline (Shamit Gaiger, Head of National Programmes, Industry Strategy, RSSB)