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Rail industry predictions for 2017

Railway Extra, Z Homepage promo / 3 January 2017 /

Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, Director General of the UIC, speaks to European Railway Review about the standout rail industry moments of 2016 and gives his predictions for 2017.

Flexible booking engine wins HackTrain 3.0

Rail industry news / 16 November 2016 /

The third annual HackTrain saw rail and technology experts join forces on 4-6th November to drive innovation and tackle the industry’s biggest challenges. FlexRail, a flexible ticketing system, was named winner at this year’s event.

Can Europe learn from the barriers faced by Britain’s railway?

Railway Extra, Z Homepage promo / 4 October 2016 /

River Tamoor Baig, Co-Founder of HackTrain provides insight into the published B.A.R.R.I.E.R.S. report which identifies 5 major barriers and 13 recommendations for rail industry stakeholders to adopt.

UIC & Australasian Centre for Rail Innovation sign MoC on access to rail research

Rail industry news / 21 September 2016 /

The International Union of Railways (UIC) and the Australasian Centre for Rail Innovation (ACRI) signed a Memorandum of Cooperation on 19th September which will boost industry and government access to rail research on a global level.

New Cambridge North railway station taking shape – set for 2017 launch

Rail industry news / 1 August 2016 /

New pictures reveal how the main building at the new Cambridge North railway station is taking shape as work ramps up in the run-up to the station opening in 2017…

TransWilts – small line, big reach

Railway Extra / 25 February 2016 /

Following the Rail Ministers announcement on a community rail plan initiative, Paul Johnson, Chairman TransWilts, highlights plans and benefits of the scheme which will give transport groups and passengers a greater say on rail services in Wiltshire.

Community rail plan allows greater say on Wiltshire rail services

Rail industry news / 10 February 2016 /

Rail Minister Claire Perry has announced a new community rail plan giving groups and passengers greater say on how rail services are run in Wiltshire.

A history of the Golden Valley Line

Railway Extra / 25 January 2016 /

In a blog for European Railway Review, Daniel Davis delves into the history of the Swindon to Gloucester route known as the ‘ Golden Valley Line ’

From national to international: changing the rail industry focus

Railway Extra / 16 December 2015 /

Like it or not, today’s public transport operations in Europe are an international affair at many levels. The introduction of automated traffic control systems such as ERTMS, ETCS for automatic train protection with GSM-R for train to shore communications, the operation of passenger franchises and rail freight by foreign companies and road vehicles and rail […]

Russian Railways subsidiary signs contract to develop rail in Serbia

Rail industry news / 28 October 2015 /

Russian Railways subsidiary RZD International LLC, has signed a memorandum of strategic partnership with JSC Infrastructure Railways of Serbia on continuing to develop the country’s rail industry.

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.

“The railway will be the transport mode of the 22nd century”

Issue 1 2012 / 6 February 2012 /

“The railway will be the transport mode of the 21st century, if it survives the 20th.” I had to use this phrase on numerous occasions during my time as Chief Executive of the Belgian National Railway Company in the 1990s, in order to make my colleagues aware of the necessity, during tense budgetary periods for public authorities, to efficiently use the budgetary means put at the company’s disposal by the public stakeholder, and at the same time, highlight the obligation that the public authorities have to make sufficient appropriations in their budget to allow the least polluting means of transport to continue its development.

This message has been understood in my country, as well as other countries, which has allowed large railway infrastructure projects to be launched and the massive acquisition of new rolling stock; and this, to the profit of railway undertakings, infrastructure managers, their clients and industry in numerous domains which are the pride of Europe. In other world regions this inspires a wish to launch enormous construction projects too, which directly allows European businesses to conquer new markets in exporting a unique ‘savoir-faire’.