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The new Citytunnel in Malmö is the next major step to connect the City centres of Malmö (Sweden) and Copenhagen (Denmark) even closer. The new line, connected to the Öresund-bridge and the Malmö Main Station will go underneath the centre of Malmö, crossing sensitive areas with hospitals, theatres and private houses and will avoid a […]
Completion of the first high-speed line in Spain 15 years ago gave Renfe a new confidence and investment in the network is continuing at a sustained pace. Spain has one of the fastest–growing railway networks in Europe. Renfe (Spanish National Railways) gained a new confidence with the opening of the first high-speed line in the country in 1992, and since then has gone from strength to strength. Not only is the high-speed network growing faster than anywhere else in Europe, but the railway has also modernised its commuter and regional networks.
Cross London Rail Links’ proposals for a major new railway for London and the south of the UK, with benefits for the whole of the country, continue to move steadily through the parliamentary process towards construction. Proposed in 1999 as part of a central London rail study (following a prior abortive attempt at legislating for a similar scheme in the early 1990s), work began in 2001 to design a new network which will link Maidenhead and Heathrow airport to the west of London, with the counties of Essex and Kent in the east through new tunnels running under central London. The project represents one of the largest transport engineering initiatives in the UK’s recent history.
Stavanger, on the west coast of Norway, is the country’s oil capital. The city and the surrounding Jæren region have consistently enjoyed the fastest population growth in Norway since the oil boom started in the early 1970s. The Jæren line from Egersund to Stavanger is a continuation of the Sørland line linking Oslo with the south of the country. Extensive modernisation of the rail system in Jæren is now under way, with well over NOK 2bn due to be invested over the next few years.
Consultancy firms are currently working on a diverse range of projects in the railway industry. This November, the final section of High Speed One will open. This is the UK’s first high-speed rail line, formerly known as the Channel Tunnel Rail Link. With the completion of the route, Eurostar trains will be able to gallop at speeds of 300km/h from Paris Nord and Brussels Midi across the plains of northern France and Belgium, through the Channel Tunnel and over Kent, the so-called ‘Garden of England’. After burrowing into tunnels under East London, the sleek international trains will emerge into daylight to terminate in London’s magnificently refurbished St Pancras International station. A triumph of modern-day engineering, High Speed One is also a tribute to the skills of consultancy firms – not least their political skills.
The fact that the slab track is more than just a product becomes apparent if the subject matter is approached from the perspective of the internationally active track construction company Heitkamp Rail, a subsidiary of the Dutch Heijmans group of companies.