Interoperability - Articles and news items
Issue 3 2016 / 25 May 2016 /
Promoting greater railway interoperability is a topic still high on the agenda of the industry. A web-based application from RailNetEurope (RNE) that supports international train management has just made a leap forward with a mobile version. For European Railway Review, RNE colleagues Ann Billiau, Harald Reisinger, Josef Stahl and Florian Sandauer present this attractive new version, after relaying the history of TIS…
Issue 3 2016 / 25 May 2016 /
Integrating the infrastructure of different transportation modes is now an irreversible trend. However 150 years ago, when the implementation of the railways in South America began, nobody envisioned the benefits that integrated planning would bring to the development and the economy of South American countries…
Issue 6 2013 / 4 December 2013 /
Not too long ago, travelling abroad by rail was a privilege reserved for a selected few. With poor telecommunications, reservations made by telephone and recorded on manual reservation coupons, journeys had to be arranged well in advance. Likewise, the focus of the former national railway administrations was on domestic travellers. With the opening of the railway markets and the emergence of cross-border high-speed services, a single European railway area has started to evolve. Rail is set to become the backbone of the European passenger transport system. Substantial infrastructure investments have been made over the past 20 years to overcome legacy signalling and control systems, for instance. In the area of passenger information, distribution and ticketing, the emphasis has been on domestic customers and services. The needs of international travellers in a competitive, multi-carrier and intermodal environment, however, require new answers. Some experts claim that this is nearly as big a task as harmonising the rail infrastructure across Europe.
The EU Commission has addressed this challenge by means of two key legislative initiatives:
● Passengers’ Rights Regulation (EC No 1371/2007): Concerned with the rights of rail passengers to receive adequate information before and during the journey so they can make an informed purchasing choice and feel reassured during the journey as regards on-board services, disruptions, connecting services, etc.
Issue 6 2011 / 6 December 2011 /
The Railway Infrastructure Administration, state organisation (SŽDC) is the infrastructure manager in the Czech Republic and, in addition to other duties is responsible for the modernisation and development of the railway network. It launched its operations on 1 January 2003 as one of two successors of the former Czech Railways state organisation (the other successor is the Czech Railways, joint-stock company). The separation of the infrastructure manager from the biggest railway carrier (Czech Railways) launched the transformation of the railway system in the Czech Republic, a process which went on to implement another change on 1 September 2011.
The transformation of the railway system in the Czech Republic continues
SŽDC’s primary task is to carry out the function of the owner and the operator of the national and regional rail. The principal operations include operating the railway infrastructure, en – suring its operability and, last but not least, ensuring the modernisation and development of the railway network in the Czech Republic. SŽDC manages state assets represented by the railway infrastructure in the Czech Republic. The railway network of the Czech Republic is one of the densest in Europe; we have 0.12km of lines per square kilometre.
Issue 6 2010 / 10 December 2010 /
The railway is a highly complex system relying on a vast number of electrical and mechanical components working properly together to keep the 24,000 trains that operate in Great Britain running safely, reliably and efficiently. Every minute, thousands of electrical components are called upon to carry out critical functions to keep services running smoothly and on time.
Issue 4 2010 / 3 August 2010 /
Former Railway Interoperability Directives (96/48/EC and 2001/16/EC and their amendments) have been repealed on 19 July 2010 by the Directive 2008/57/EC on the interoperability of the rail system within the Community. These directives have changed the way that fixed railway infrastructure, the rolling stock that runs on it and certain components are designed, assessed and put into service. These changes have happened across Europe. Notified Bodies have a key role in these common European processes.
Notified Bodies, otherwise known as NoBo’s, are acting more-and-more in the railway field. Nevertheless, the involvement of a Notified Body at the earliest stages of a project is not yet a reflex for many manufacturers, suppliers or contracting entities.
Issue 3 2010 / 31 May 2010 /
SŽDC, the Czech Railway Infrastructure Administration, is responsible for the modernisation and development of the railway network in the Czech Republic. We put great effort into enhancing the quality of our railway infrastructure and, together with carriers, we offer reliable services to both passengers and freight transport.
In my opinion, if the European railways do not establish a top-quality and reliable network in the near future, and do not provide customers with high-quality services with the assistance of carriers, then their future might be seriously endangered.
Since March 2008, Tilo Brandis has been President and CEO of RAIL.ONE GmbH. After his studies at various universities in Europe and at Harvard Business School, Brandis began his career at HBS Consulting Partners as a Project Manager and Management Consultant. In 1997, he moved to Siemens AG Transportation Systems. In 2003, he took charge of Siemens AG A&D Assembly Systems, with around 2,300 staff and with sales of approximately €600 million. Until he moved to RAIL.ONE, Brandis directed the acquisition of the US software company UGS for Siemens AG. With more than 800 employees and 18 locations in nine countries, RAIL.ONE is one of the world’s leading providers of railway track systems, with comprehensive consulting and engineering competence for all areas of application.
Overview of the Technical Specification for Interoperability (TSI) relating to the infrastructure subsystem of the trans-European high-speed rail system.
Learn more about the ERESS (European Railway Energy Settlement System) and how it reduces railway energy consumption by up to 15%, strengthening both the environmental profile and competitiveness of the railways.
Crossing borders is a rather simple action performed by millions of Europeans on a daily basis; be it for studies, business or pleasure. A substantial number of travellers rely hugely on rail to take them over the border; further North, South, East or West. Hopefully, for the peace of mind of the traveller, he or she will never know the amount of effort that goes into this ‘simple’ operation, allowing for this often seamless cross-border trip.
Consultancies are providing expertise that is helping to realise important railway projects in Europe and around the world. Britain’s first high-speed railway line – High Speed 1 – was opened by Queen Elizabeth II with much fanfare on 6 November 2007. High speed Eurostar trains now whisk passengers from the splendidly-restored station at London St Pancras to the centre of Paris in just 2hr 15min.