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track construction - Articles and news items

Report highlights whole life benefits of concrete slab track

Rail industry news / 7 September 2016 /

Britpave, the transport infrastructure association, has published a new report which calls for the examination of whole life cost benefits to be a perquisite for rail track investment and highlights the benefits of the concrete slab track

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…

DfT approves new section of railway for UK’s first tram-trains

Rail industry news / 30 November 2015 /

Work to construct a new section of railway carrying the UK’s first tram-trains has been given approval by the Department for Transport.

Crossrail welcomes 465 metre long concreting train

Rail industry news / 14 August 2015 /

Crossrail have announced the arrival of a 465 metre long concreting train to enable tracks to be laid in the next project phase.

Turkey’s continuing developments

Issue 2 2012 / 11 April 2012 /

The history of railways in Turkey can be analysed in four periods. First was the Ottoman Period between 1856 and 1922 when foreigners were granted concessions and 4,136km of railway lines were constructed. Second was the Republic Period between 1923 and 1950 when developments were fast and bright and 3,764km of railway lines were constructed (approximately 134km annually) and the railway transportation share was 68% for passenger and 42% for freight. Third was the Negligence Period between 1950 and 2003 when only 945km of railway lines were constructed in total over the 52 years. The fourth period is from 2003 onwards when the railways were re-granted a well-earned prominence. The main focus of this article shall be the period after 2003.

After 52 years of negligence, railway con – struction in Turkey has considerably increased since 2003. After railway construction was made a state policy, the following four activity points were set:

Norway’s tough winter challenge and double-track progress

Issue 3 2010 / 31 May 2010 /

The past winter was unusually tough and challenging for Norwegian railways. Almost three months of continuous cold weather took their toll on ageing and well-worn infrastructure, resulting in record low punctuality and a large number of train cancellations. Never before have we experienced such poor punctuality over such a prolonged period. Rail users rightly voiced their displeasure. The media were merciless in their criticism, and intense political debate ensued.

On top of winter’s many disruptions, the run-up to Easter brought more trouble. On 24 March 2010, 16 wagons broke loose from a retarder at the Alnabru freight terminal and rolled at high speed down to Oslo harbour, where a number of them smashed into two buildings.

Public Private Partnership to be used in a Finnish second track project

Issue 3 2010 / 31 May 2010 /

In a large-scale project of the Finnish Transport Agency, a 76.5km second track will be built between Kokkola and Ylivieska. To fund the project, a Public Private Partnership will be used for the first time in the Finnish railway network. It is also desirable to have foreign competitors for the challenging project. The total construction cost is €263 million.

The Finnish Transport Agency is carrying out a unique railway project in Finland. Between 2011 and 2014, a second track will be built between the cities of Kokkola and Ylivieska. Its total length will be 76.5 kilometres. At the same time, the existing track will be renewed.

A dedicated forum for the Scandinavian region

Issue 3 2010 / 31 May 2010 /

High-speed railways, major infrastructure projects, development and investment plans and market liberalisation were just some of the important topics highlighted and assessed during European Railway Review’s recent conference – Scandinavian Rail Development 2010.

Held in the stunning city of Stockholm, Sweden, at the Operakällaren, European Railway Review welcomed over 120 delegates and speakers to share and discuss knowledge of the Scandinavian railway marketplace – a region with many plans for investment and development to build and improve on its current rail infrastructure.

 

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