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Deutsche Bahn takes delivery of five Prima H3 hybrid locomotives

Rail industry news / 18 October 2016 /

Five Prima H3 hybrid locomotives have been presented to Deutsche Bahn during a ceremony at Alstom’s Stendal site in Saxony-Anhalt, Germany.

Alstom presents Coradia iLint zero-emission train at InnoTrans

Rail industry news / 21 September 2016 /

Alstom has unveiled the Coradia iLint zero-emission train at InnoTrans 2016 trade fair in Berlin.

Northern Rail recognised for environmental management

Rail industry news / 25 September 2015 /

Northern Rail has achieved the newly established IS0 14001:2015 environmental management certification for its effort to integrate environmental work into core business processes.

Rail to play key role in strategy for tackling climate change

Rail industry news / 16 September 2015 /

Rail will play a decisive role in the strategy for tackling climate change, according to UNIFE and Transdev Group ahead of the United Nations COP21 climate change conference.

‘Train Fund Denmark’ – a plan for the future Danish railway

Issue 3 2013 / 23 May 2013 /

It is the Danish Government’s ambition that most of future traffic growth should take place in public transport. This will help to reduce congestion and to ensure environmentally sustainable transport. However, in order to turn this ambition into reality, railway services must be able to attract new customers and to handle increasing volumes of traffic. Therefore, Denmark needs a railway which is significantly better prepared to meet future demands than the current one.
While other European countries have signifi – cantly expanded their railway during the last decades with an increase of capacity and speed, development of and investments in railway infrastructure have not been high on the agenda in Denmark. The establishment of the Great Belt Bridge link (Storebælt) between Zeeland and Funen is, however, an important exception to that general rule.

Upgrading the Ringsted–Fehmarn Line: a huge construction job

Issue 3 2013 / 23 May 2013 /

The upgrading of the Ringsted–Fehmarn Line is one of Banedanmark’s largest ever projects. Together with the fixed link across the Fehmarn Belt and other major Danish infrastructure projects such as the Copenhagen–Ringsted Line, this is a massive scheme for both rail freight and passenger traffic.

Sustainability supplement 2013 (free to view)

Issue 2 2013, Supplements / 1 April 2013 /

Fair competition for sustainable railways (Siim Kallas, Vice-President of the European Commission, responsible for Transport)
Towards greener and cleaner rail diesel vehicles (Judit Sandor, Sustainability and Environment Manager, UNIFE / Roberto Palacin, Senior Researcher and Head of the Rail Systems Group, NewRail / Henning Schwarz, Senior Consultant, Environment and Sustainability, Deutsche Bahn Environment Centre / Christian Kamburow, IZT (Institute for Futures Studies and Technology Assessment) / Michael Meinert, Head of R&D Group Energy Storage Systems, Siemens AG, Infrastructure and Cities Sector)

Securing a sustainable future for rail travel in Northern Ireland

Issue 6 2012 / 29 November 2012 /

In 2011/12, Translink NI Railways recorded its highest ever passenger numbers with 10.7 million journeys made on local rail services in Northern Ireland – an increase of over 70% in the last decade.

Independent research released in September shows that Translink customers continue to rate local rail services very highly – NI Railways achieved 100% ‘on time’ scores for the second consecutive monitor and beat reliability targets.

This impressive trend shows no sign of slowing down with a range of significant developments in rail infrastructure, technology and services securing a bright future for train travel in the country.

Translink’s ‘New Trains Two’ programme has now successfully completed the delivery of 20 new Class 4000 trains manufactured by CAF in Zaragoza, Spain.

All trains in this £114 million investment are now in passenger service and operate alongside 23 Class 3000 trains to deliver an entirely modern fleet for growing passenger demand. In fact, NI Railways has one of the most modern fleets of DMUs in Europe with all units manufactured over the past 10 years.

Infrastructure projects are an engine for growth

Issue 4 2012 / 1 August 2012 /

As a starting point for the following considerations, I would like to choose two well-founded assumptions. Firstly, mobility is a basic prerequisite of our modern society and economy. Secondly, both passenger transport as well as cargo transport will see an increase in mobility in the years to come. The respective prognoses we have for Austria coincide with those for the EU as a whole.

Environmental and climate protection, the protection of the population against noise, particles, and exhaust gases have meanwhile become integral parts of all transport-related considerations. Therefore, I believe it is right that we have continued further development of the EU Directive on the charging of heavy goods vehicles for use on certain infrastructures which, for the first time, will include external costs such as noise and air pollution into road pricing on European roads. The new Directive is a first step towards true costs and as such provides an important contribution to an economically and ecologically sustainable transport system. Other steps must follow.

Creating a fair and open rail market to compete with road and aviation is key

Issue 6 2011 / 6 December 2011 /

Over the coming weeks and months, EU policy-makers will lock horns in earnest over new rules to ensure fair and open competition in the European rail market, both freight and passenger. On economic grounds alone it is critical that the right rules are in place but it is equally important from an environmental standpoint.

The EU is pursuing ambitious reductions in CO2 and the right conditions for growth in international rail travel could encourage many more people to choose the train over less carbon efficient options such as the car or plane.

Transport accounts for almost a quarter of total EU greenhouse gas emissions, yet it is the only sector where emissions continue to rise – an increase of 36% since 1990. If Europe is serious about reversing this trend and meeting its global environmental commitments, it needs to get its transport pricing and infrastructure investment policy right.

London 2012 – Will better public transport lure people out of their cars?

Issue 6 2011 / 6 December 2011 /

In July 2005, London was confirmed as the host city for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The bid promised “the most sustainable Games ever”. Cynics may say that a global event such as the Olympics is an inherently unsustainable thing to do; others believe it is a unique opportunity to push the sustainability agenda. As Chair of the Commission for a Sustainable London 2012 (the independent sustainability watchdog for the London 2012 Olympics) I am responsible for advising senior politicians and informing the public about the sustainability credentials of the London 2012 Games and legacy.

Let’s face it; not having an Olympics at all is the most sustainable thing to do. Call the whole thing off, pack it in. How can you possibly justify tens of thousands of tonnes of concrete and steel, millions of logistics and people movements, disruption to biodiversity, noise, dust and disruption to people’s lives in the name of sport? At the Commission we believe this is possible only if the net sustainability gains from the influence of London 2012 are greater than the sum of the losses.

Transport and logistics are at the heart of a sustainable London 2012. Without transport, the Games would not be possible, and transport provides a unique opportunity to deliver social, economic and environmental sustainability in ways previously unheard of. We may even get people talking to each other on the Tube!

Rhine-Rhône HSL: sustainable development in a rail sector environment

Issue 6 2011 / 6 December 2011 /

On 8 September 2011, Réseau Ferré de France (RFF) inaugurated the first part of the eastern branch of the Rhine-Rhône high-speed line. Included in the design and construction of this line, with its major socio-economic challenges, was a series of innovative environmental measures to ensure its long-term sustainability.
Rhine-Rhône HSL: the project
A European dimension

The Rhine-Rhône HSL will further strengthen France’s position in a Europe that is gradually expanding towards the East. Financial support from Switzerland and EU ‘priority link’ status, under the Trans-European Transport Network programme, both underline its recognised importance at community level.

Looking at the map of the present and future European network of high-speed lines, the strategic position of the Rhine-Rhône line is immediately apparent, as a major feeder at the core of mainland Europe and as a link between the different European territories.

 

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