Sustainable Rail - Articles and news items
Issue 1 2017 / 31 January 2017 /
Travelling by train uses four times less energy than driving a car and utilises 90% hydropower too. Swiss Federal Railways AG (SBB) already makes a major contribution to sustainable mobility – and will continue to do so in the future. However, it also remains the largest consumer of electricity in Switzerland and, due to the ongoing expansion of services, still more traction power will ultimately be needed. This article, from Oliver Johner, Head of SBB’s Energy Saving Programme, addresses the ambitious plans of the Swiss rail company to achieve greater energy efficiency.
Rail industry news / 31 October 2016 /
The United Nations High-Level Advisory Group has issued a number of recommendations in a new report entitled “Mobilizing Sustainable Transport for Development”.
Claire Yeates, Director at Waterscan – an independent consultancy specialising in water sustainability – discusses the impact of next year’s overhaul of the English water supply market and explains how the rail industry can benefit from the opportunity.
Rail industry news / 11 November 2015 /
The European Parliament TRAN Committee has voted to adopt a proposed Sustainable Urban Mobility Report emphasising the urgent need to make transport more sustainable.
Issue 5 2015 / 1 October 2015 /
One of my top priorities as Minister for Infrastructure in the Swedish Government is to make our railways work better for commuters and goods. Being successful here is an integral part of our government’s agenda to create more jobs and increase our exports, at the same time as we cut emissions…
Supplements / 4 August 2015 /
In this free-to-view online-only supplement, Chief Procurement Officers from DB, SNCF and NS discuss the Railsponsible initiative, the MERLIN project gets assessed, and the Eress leaders take a look at what’s next for Erex…
Rail industry news / 10 February 2015 /
A new and innovative lighting system at one of the UK’s most well-known railway heritage sites is pushing Northern Rail’s pioneering approach to sustainability into the limelight. In an interview for European Railway Review, Euan Hilton, Utilities Contracts and Data Manager at Northern Rail, provides more information on how the operator has improved lighting at Rainhill station and thus increased customer and employee satisfaction…
Issue 6 2014 / 3 December 2014 /
At £15 billion, Crossrail in the UK is the largest infrastructure project in Europe. The new railway will connect 40 stations across London, including Heathrow Airport and Reading in the west with Canary Wharf, Abbey Wood and Shenfield in the east. Crossrail will add 10% extra rail capacity for London and bring an additional 1.5 million people within 45 minutes commuting distance of London’s key business districts. The estimated benefit of Crossrail to the UK economy is at least £42 billion. Sustainability Manager, Dr Michael de Silva, explains how Crossrail is committed to building this new railway in a way that provides a lasting economic, environmental and social sustainability legacy…
Issue 2 2014 / 11 April 2014 /
Transport poses two major sustainability challenges: greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) and dependence on imported oil. Railway transportation has very favourable characteristics on both counts, making modal shift in favour of rail a naturally attractive policy goal.
Supplements / 4 April 2014 /
In this exclusive online only Sustainability supplement, Alex Veitch from the Rail Delivery Group writes about the progress and challenges of rail sustainability in the UK; Libor Lochman from the CER assesses how rail transport matters to sustainability goals; Sharon Vye-Parminter highlights the important South West Trains-Network Rail Alliance; and João Morais Sarmento from REFER discusses sustainable experience for environmental management…
Issue 1 2014 / 12 February 2014 /
Since its last elections which took place in October 2013, Luxembourg has a new government and I am very happy to be in charge of Infrastructure, Sustainable Development and Mobility. As a matter of fact, sustainable development is a significant factor of the Luxembourgish governmental programme and we will take a close look at how to guarantee the coherence of the different sectors with a view to reach the priorities and objectives fixed among others in the second national plan for sustainable development. This sustainable development is conditioned by an interaction of economic, social, cultural and ecologic dimensions while conciliating the legitimated interests of the present and future generations. The new government will give high priority to the elimination of bottlenecks which currently hamper both professional and recreational mobility. The aim is to give public transport a higher priority. In this respect a local integrated transport strategy called ‘Gentle Mobility’ will be considered which aims to promote walking, cycling and public transport and to limit car use.
Issue 6 2013 / 4 December 2013 /
In 2012/13, Translink rail passenger journeys reached a record breaking 11.5 million – an increase of 7% on the previous year. Overall, there were 78.5 million Translink passenger journeys on bus and train last year beating the Northern Ireland government’s target of 77 million.
During the summer of 2013, Translink success – fully completed two major infrastructure projects transforming passenger facilities in two busy towns in the North East and South of the country. The construction of Antrim Bus and Rail Centre brought Northern Ireland its first sustainable low carbon station and the redevelopment of Portadown Train Station provided an important gateway into an area which had seen annual rail passenger throughput increase by around 19% in the last five years.
Both projects were funded by Northern Ireland’s Department for Regional Development and the European Union’s INTERREG IVA (Portadown) and IVB (Antrim) Programmes.