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Railway Maintenance - Articles and news items

CrossCountry fleet maintenance contract extended until 2019

Rail industry news / 30 September 2016 /

Bombardier Transportation has been awarded a three year maintenance contract extension with Arriva CrossCountry Trains (XC).

Network Rail regional route MD renews pledge to work with communities

Rail industry news / 11 November 2015 /

New regional route managing director of Network Rail, Rob McIntosh, highlights the importance of the electrification and upgrade of two major rail lines and vows to engage with local communities to provide economic growth.

Railway maintenance transformed by smartphone technology

Rail industry news / 4 November 2015 /

Railway maintenance is being revolutionised by smartphone technology according to Network Rail who supplied 25,000 iOS devices to its workforce.

Network Rail reveals ‘workshop on wheels’ for railway maintenance

Rail industry news / 3 September 2015 /

The first vehicle of a fleet of mobile maintenance trains (MMTs) has entered service to revolutionise Network Rail railway maintenance and repair work.

Construction of UK National Training Academy for Rail complete

Rail industry news / 29 June 2015 /

Construction of new facilities housing the National Training Academy for Rail has been completed ahead of its official opening in autumn 2015.

voestalpine Schienen to present three major innovations at InnoTrans

InnoTrans 2014, Rail industry news / 7 August 2014 /

Under the theme ‘good is good, but better carries it’, voestalpine Schienen GmbH will showcase the latest fruits of its target-oriented track solution approach at this year’s InnoTrans trade show.

RFF’s impressive rail network modernisation plan

Issue 6 2013 / 4 December 2013 /

On 15 October 2012, Réseau Ferré de France (RFF) was ordered by Transport Minister, Frédéric Cuvillier, to table proposals to deliver major rail network modernisation (GPMR). Delivered to the Minister on 19 September 2013, the plan proposed is consistent with efforts to create a shared, long-term vision for rail transportation. According to the plan, €15 billion are to be earmarked for the network – in other words €2.5 billion per year – while a further €2.3 billion are to be specifically devoted to maintenance. But modernisation plans are not an exercise in allocating funds. The aim of the proposals set out in the GPMR is to lay the foundations for a new methodical approach to the network, where user requirements are central to the works scheduling rationale. The plan is, therefore, inextricably linked with the creation of a fully-fledged infrastructure manager and an integrated industrial public-sector group. The purpose of this article is to highlight the key principles that will shape network renewal and modernisation in the coming years.
New approach to network maintenance and modernisation – key principles

Ambitions for the French rail network over the next 10 years are running high, with the dual target being to put the network back on track on a sound and lasting basis, both financially and technically, and to rise to a multiplicity of overarching challenges (safety, traffic regularity and growth, simplifying train usage, shift towards renewable energies, etc.). To cater to these challenges, a new approach to network maintenance and modernisation is a ‘must’.

Upgrading our current system is the fastest way to improve capacity

Issue 5 2012 / 20 September 2012 /

According to Trafikverket – the Swedish Transport Administration, one must not overestimate the possibilities of improving the Swedish transport system through expansion. Expansions alone will not solve the capacity deficiencies that were identified in a recent study. The greatest and fastest improvements can be found in our existing system, which needs to be used in a more efficient and sustainable way. In order to handle future increases in traffic, our current roads, railways, shipping and aviation modes need to reach their full potential. A robust transport system would form the basis of sound investments in the long-term.

In March 2011, Trafikverket was tasked by the government with analysing the need for capacity increases in the Swedish railway system for the period 2012-2021, and to put forward suggestions for future action. In addition, the assignment involved analysing future trans – portation needs up to 2050.

The assignment was expanded in September 2011 to include all modes of transport. This meant that Trafikverket had to also analyse how to increase the efficiency and capacity of Sweden’s roads, shipping and aviation. In April 2012, Trafikverket presented its findings to the Minister for Infrastructure, Catharina Elmsäter-Svärd.