Railway traffic management - Articles and news items
Rail industry news / 14 October 2015 /
A state-of-the-art control centre has opened in the South African province of Gauteng integrating rail traffic management from 35 existing control rooms. The advanced rail traffic management control centre, known as the Gauteng Nerve Centre (GNC), accommodates 35 control rooms in a single location. The GNC constantly monitors each and every one of the over […]
Keeping costs down while ensuring quality services is a major challenge in the passenger transportation industry.
Issue 5 2013 / 26 September 2013 /
Increased influence for customers and public transport actors creates better conditions for the railway to enhance its competitiveness. Swedish railway reforms of the past 25 years have been based on this premise, together with state responsibility for management of the rail network run by an independent infrastructure manager. The result to date is that rail travel has increased by approximately 75% (measured in passenger kilometres), while goods transport performance is up by approximately 15%. The railway’s share of the passenger transport market has increased and the goods transport market has stabilised at almost a sustained level.
Twenty-five years ago, the Swedish railway (SJ) – then organised as a state administrative agency responsible for both traffic and infrastructure – was in crisis. Demand was declining and both rail traffic and infrastructure quality were deteriorating. There was a lack of funding for new investments and developing new service concepts such as high-speed trains.
Moreover, in the view of several public transport actors, SJ was a powerful but opaque ‘state within a state’, asserting its interests at the expense of important societal interests.
Issue 3 2013 / 23 May 2013 /
Throughout Europe, many of the existing mainline railways are heavily congested, resulting in services being very susceptible to minor delays and disturbances. There is therefore a need to find new methods to make better use of the existing capability of the system through improved management of train delays and other incidents, which will also have the benefit of increased customer satisfaction and the potential to reduce energy utilisation.