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Infrastructure construction - Articles and news items

Building a seamless European rail infrastructure for the future

Railway Extra / 1 September 2016 /

The European rail system was developed on a national basis and has undergone historic economic ups and downs. Presently more than one million employees ensure the day-to-day running of the system and aim to be prepared for the challenges of the future…

Businesses urged to take advantage of HS2 opportunities

Rail industry news / 7 July 2016 /

The UK Transport Secretary, Patrick McLoughlin, has encouraged businesses to take advantage of the opportunities HS2 will bring and bid for project contracts.

Jernbaneverket awards Follo Line contact to OHL

Rail industry news / 13 August 2015 /

The Norwegian National Rail Administration (Jernbaneverket) has awarded the third engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract for the Follo Line Project to Obrascón Huarte Lain S.A. (OHL).

Construction projects on track – in cities, through the Alps and across borders

Issue 4 2012 / 1 August 2012 /

Throughout 2012, SBB Infrastructure is undertaking a number of construction projects across Switzerland: in the two largest Swiss cities, Zurich and Geneva, in the St. Gallen and Schaffhausen conurbations, in the canton of Ticino, in the Alps, and even beyond Switzerland’s borders. This article presents an overview of the major ongoing construction projects, describing the progress achieved so far and what work still lies ahead.

The Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) network is the world’s busiest rail network, carrying approxi – mately 9,800 trains every day to all parts of Switzerland and, not surprisingly, the network is edging ever closer to its capacity limits. Zurich’s main station – serving almost 400,000 passengers a day, and thus by far the busiest station in Switzerland – is already a major bottleneck, while capacity expansion in other parts of Switzerland is also urgently needed. SBB Infrastructure is responsible for operating, maintaining, expanding and renewing SBB’s rail network. With the exception of the Gotthard Base Tunnel, SBB Infrastructure is in charge of all major railway upgrades in Switzerland. Projects demanding a wide range of construction techniques are underway all across Switzerland, and some even extend into neighbouring countries. The largest, most important and most spectacular of SBB Infrastructure’s current expansion projects1 include the following:

Encouraging railway transport growth in Germany

Issue 2 2012 / 14 April 2012 /

In 1993, Germany initiated its structural railway reform. Bundesbahn became Deutsche Bahn AG (DB AG) and the aim of the reform was to get more traffic on the railways to limit the burden on the budget and to create more competition. Today, one can say that this comprehensive reform was a complete success.

The transport performance of freight and passenger traffic increased considerably, and competition on the rail is clearly increasing, the same as group turnover, productivity and the overall operating results of DB AG.

Due to the economic crisis, turnover, profit and freight transport performance in 2009 decreased as expected but, since 2010, figures have been increasing in these areas.

The reform process is being consistently reviewed to progress even further. In order to successfully master the challenges of the European rail transport market and to ensure further growth in the railway sector, we need economically strong and successful railway undertakings.

DB’s continual programme of investments and developments

Issue 2 2012 / 11 April 2012 /

Deutsche Bahn AG (DB AG) was founded in 1994 and is now one of the world’s leading passenger and logistics companies. Operating in 130 countries, approximately 290,000 employees, of which about 190,000 are located in Germany, are committed to ensuring that customers are provided with effective and efficient mobility and logistical services.

In a series of recent announcements from DB, the company is showing that it is not putting the brakes on future developments in Germany, with commitments made to invest in line extensions and track investments plus a selection of other significant improvements.

Noise protection
With increasing passenger numbers and a rise in rail traffic, DB recognises the importance of implementing noise protection measures along railway lines. In 2011, DB made good progress in this area by constructing over 55km of new noise barriers and soundproofing 2,550 households. Commenting on the success of the noise protection programme, Oliver Kraft, CEO of DB Netz AG said: “The measures we took in 2011 were innovative and we invested approximately €145 million of federal funding and around €6 million of our own funds.”

Working together to find adequate solutions

Issue 2 2012 / 11 April 2012 /

he Community of European Railway and Infrastructure Companies (CER) brings together more than 70 European railway undertakings, infrastructure companies and vehicle leasing companies, including long-established bodies, new entrants, and both private and public-sector organisations. In EU, EFTA and EU accession countries, CER members represent approximately 75% of the rail network length, more than 85% of the rail freight business and over 90% of rail passenger operations, with 1.2 million jobs directly created by CER members. Exclusively for European Railway Review, Dr. Libor Lochman – the newly appointed Executive Director of CER – provides an insight into CER’s current work and what the future holds.
Mobility challenges and the role of railways

The 2011 Transport White Paper, published by the European Commission in March 2011, recognised the stark challenges facing Europe’s transport system. Meeting growing mobility needs, Europe must move away from its dependence on oil, and must achieve substantial cuts in greenhouse gas emissions. While other sectors of the economy should cut emissions by even larger amounts in order to meet the Union’s long-term overall target, transport should also contribute by reducing emissions by at least 60% on the 1990 level by 2050.

2012: the most exciting year yet for Crossrail

Issue 2 2012 / 11 April 2012 /

2012 is going to be the most exciting year yet for the £14.8 billion Crossrail project with construction moving up a few gears as we enter our tunnelling phase.

The year has started with great expectations and excitement for the project not just within Crossrail but also amongst Londoners who have responded in thousands to our Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM) naming competition to suggest names and vote for their favourite ones. The Prime Minister has personally shown interest in the progress of the project and Crossrail’s apprenticeship programme, too; visiting Crossrail sites and facilities earlier this year.

Crossrail is now becoming more and more visible across London. At Paddington Station, we recently opened a brand new taxi-rank at the Red Star Deck which was previously on Eastbourne Terrace. Work is in now starting at the Eastbourne Terrace site to construct the Crossrail Paddington Station box to receive the TBMs that will start tunnelling from Royal Oak Portal.

Once complete, Crossrail will be the largest addition to the London and South East transport network for 50 years and it will increase the railbased public transport capacity in London by 10%. Crossrail will run 118km from Maidenhead and Heathrow in the west, through new twinbore 21km tunnels under central London to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east.

 

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