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Association of Train Operating Companies (ATOC) - Articles and news items

ATOC to develop revolutionary Railcard app

Rail industry news / 29 September 2015 /

The Association of Train Operating Companies (ATOC) has announced plans to introduce a digital Railcard app allowing passengers to store their cards on a smartphone or tablet.

Loco2.com adds UK trains to pan-European booking service

Rail industry news / 31 October 2013 /

Hundreds of rail trips now available to buy in one transaction…

Rail industry welcomes introduction of Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013

Rail industry news / 1 October 2013 /

“The Scrap Metal Dealers Act is excellent progress in the fight against cable thieves…”

Boom in rail travel creates 10,000 jobs

Rail industry news / 30 September 2013 /

“Not only are operators growing the market for train travel, they are also increasing their workforce…”

Introducing our new-look Editorial Board!

Issue 1 2013 / 20 February 2013 /

European Railway Review is committed to keeping our readers informed of current and future rail transport developments throughout Europe. We achieve this via our mix of project and investment coverage, regional and country profiles, technical features and industry news. To help with the continuing success of European Railway Review, we are pleased to reveal our new-look Editorial Board, welcoming some familiar industry faces and respected experts. Our Editorial Board Members have been selected to represent our core subject areas and we plan to regularly utilise their knowledge and expertise within the publication.

Libor Lochman Executive Director, Community of European Railway and Infrastructure Companies (CER)

Commenting on joining the publication’s editorial panel, Libor said: “European Railway Review is a well-established technical journal which consistently reports on news about the European rail sector. I am pleased to be part of the Editorial Board and I am looking forward to regularly sharing my expertise with key decision makers from the European railway world.”

Libor took up the post of Executive Director of the CER on 1 January 2012. He graduated from the Transport University in Zilina and has a doctorate in electronics from the West-Bohemian University Plzen. Libor has a strong background in control-command and signalling systems. Prior to his role as CER Deputy Executive Director and Leader of Technical Affairs (2007-2011), Libor acted as Director of the Railway Test Centre, a facility for testing European rolling stock, infrastructure and signalling components, in Prague (2000-2005).

Robin Gisby Managing Director, Network Operations, Network Rail

“There is much we can learn, and have already learned, from other infrastructure operators across Europe,” says Robin on confirming his place on the panel. “Sharing experience and expertise is absolutely crucial, which is why I’m delighted to join the Editorial Board of European Railway Review.”

Robin took up the new position of Managing Director, Network Operations in June 2011. Until this appointment, Robin was Director, Operations and Customer Services from May 2004 and was appointed to the Board of Network Rail in October 2008. This followed many successful years in the company, including in its previous incarnation as Railtrack, where he held a variety of roles including Regional Director. Before joining Railtrack, Robin had engineering and operational roles in both the UK and overseas, mainly with GKN plc.

“Britain’s railways are booming, with more and more people and businesses choosing rail each year,” says Robin. “As numbers continue to grow, the challenge to deliver a safe and reliable railway for passenger and freight operators on one of the busiest mixed-use rail networks in Europe grows too. From an operational perspective, these are fascinating times. Our railway is among the oldest in the world, but today we move more trains than ever before on a network half the size that it was 50 years ago. The challenges of growth and the need to demon – strate value for money mean we are more focused than ever before on new technology and new ways of working which allow us to get the most out of Britain’s rail infrastructure.”

Alex Hynes Managing Director – Rail Development, Go-Ahead

On joining the editorial panel, Alex explains: “It’s important that we learn from the experience of other European countries as we seek to sustain customer satisfaction and cost reduction in a changing UK rail market. In particular, drawing from continental experience of providing services to regional authorities will be invaluable as the devolution agenda takes off in the UK. I look forward to contributing to and sharing in the discussion on these and other issues through my membership on European Railway Review’s Editorial Board.”

Rail industry sets out potential requirements for trains and carriages

Rail industry news / 12 February 2013 /

A new rail industry report marks a key step towards a market-led approach for delivering rolling stock…

Train companies respond to High Speed Rail announcement

Rail industry news / 28 January 2013 /

Responding to the announcement on HS2, Michael Roberts, Chief Executive of the ATOC…

ATOC’s EU Representative and Sustainability Manager joins European Railway Review Editorial Board

Rail industry news / 8 January 2013 /

Alex Vetch has joined our Editorial Board…

Capacity, efficiency, safety – ATOC and Network Rail back 30-year Railway Technical Strategy

Rail industry news / 14 December 2012 /

New technology that could boost the capacity of the network…

£8 million to provide better information for passengers at thousands of National Rail stations

Rail industry news / 13 December 2012 /

More than £8 million of industry funding will be spent by train companies…

Scrap metal dealers Bill

Rail industry news / 13 November 2012 /

Network Rail are among a group of companies and industries delighted by the successful third reading of MP Richard Ottaway’s Private Members Bill…

Passengers set to benefit as ten more stations secure share of £100m improvement fund

Rail industry news / 29 May 2012 /

Passengers are set to benefit from a further £15m of improvements to stations…