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Craig Waters - Articles and news items

Introduction: Northern Europe – a hotbed for rail development

Issue 3 2014 / 4 June 2014 /

There is one standard theme currently running through the railways of Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland and Estonia; that theme is development, writes Craig Waters, Editor of European Railway Review. Northern Europe is a current hotbed for investment and growth in the railway industry, and governments in Scandinavia are continuing to support the need for rail development with the allocation of funds in order to open-up the region’s potential. Construction of new tracks, establishing new cross-border links, and investing in new rolling stock are all elements of what can be seen in Scandinavia right now…

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.”

DB’s continual programme of investments and developments

Issue 2 2012 / 11 April 2012 /

Deutsche Bahn AG (DB AG) was founded in 1994 and is now one of the world’s leading passenger and logistics companies. Operating in 130 countries, approximately 290,000 employees, of which about 190,000 are located in Germany, are committed to ensuring that customers are provided with effective and efficient mobility and logistical services.

In a series of recent announcements from DB, the company is showing that it is not putting the brakes on future developments in Germany, with commitments made to invest in line extensions and track investments plus a selection of other significant improvements.

Noise protection
With increasing passenger numbers and a rise in rail traffic, DB recognises the importance of implementing noise protection measures along railway lines. In 2011, DB made good progress in this area by constructing over 55km of new noise barriers and soundproofing 2,550 households. Commenting on the success of the noise protection programme, Oliver Kraft, CEO of DB Netz AG said: “The measures we took in 2011 were innovative and we invested approximately €145 million of federal funding and around €6 million of our own funds.”

ERTMS supplement (free to view)

Issue 6 2011, Supplements / 13 December 2011 /

Challenges across the borders with ERTMS (Justus Stern, Rolling Stock Division, Engineering & Projects, SJ AB)
Europe’s leading signalling experts raise opinions and debate – conference review of Rail Network Solutions 2011 (Craig Waters, Editor, European Railway Review)

A total renewal of the Danish signalling infrastructure

Issue 3 2010 / 31 May 2010 /

In January 2009, the Danish parliament decided to fund a €3.2 billion replacement programme of renewing all Danish railway signalling before 2021. The programme is one of its kind in Europe both in size and being unique in its approach of focusing on economies of scale and creating a competitive market situation to ensure the best possible price and quality.

The programme also introduces a step change in technology which maximises the possibilities and benefits of re-signalling the Danish railway network. Customer benefits from the programme includes: higher reliability, higher line speed at selected lines, homogenous high safety and nationwide interoperability.

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.

Discussing demand & opportunities for Poland’s rail network

Issue 3 2010 / 31 May 2010 /

On 11 and 12 of May 2010, European Railway Review organised Polish Rail Development 2010 – a comprehensive event for industry personnel to gather in one place to learn and discuss the most important issues surrounding the development of the railway market in Poland.

Held in the vibrant and historic city of Warsaw and Hosted by PKP Railway Lines S.A., Day One began with the Chairman of the event, Aleksander Domaradzki – an Independent Industry Expert – welcoming all delegates, speakers and sponsors and making clear that with the continuing volcanic ash problems, the situation continues to show how important the railway industry is.

Major network investments will help reduce UK passenger disruption

Issue 6 2009, Past issues / 12 December 2009 /

If a railway network is in need of track renewal, it is vitally important that the procedures are carried out to the best possible standards. Network downtime needs to be kept to an absolute minimum and it is therefore essential for infrastructure owners to invest heavily in high-tech track renewal technology and machinery.

Safeguarding passengers and infrastructure

Issue 5 2009, Past issues / 26 September 2009 /

On 8 and 9 September 2009, European Railway Review, together with its sister publication Eurotransport, welcomed leading industry personnel to Berlin, Germany, for Public Transport Security 2009 – an important conference to share knowledge and experience of providing safe and secure public transport systems.

Investing in rolling stock for future performance

Issue 2 2009, Past issues / 26 March 2009 /

Craig Waters highlights the important investments that Deutsche Bahn AG (DB AG) is making to ensure their passenger services are first class.

Iberian Rail Development 2009 – Successfully linking the Iberian region to the rest of Europe

Issue 2 2009, Past issues / 26 March 2009 /

Craig Waters provides a round up of the first Iberian Rail Development conference which brought together the industry personnel concerned with the ongoing developments for railway infrastructure and rolling stock in the Iberian region, and the links it has to the rest of Europe.

Münster to host international permanent-way technology exhibition

Issue 2 2009, Past issues / 26 March 2009 /

Information about the IAF 2009 exhibition to be held on 21-23 April 2009 in Münster, Germany.

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