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Greece - Articles and news items

Developing a wireless on-board entertainment system for passengers in Greece

Issue 1 2016 / 4 February 2016 /

TRAINOSE S.A, the Greek railway operator, is currently developing and testing an innovative on-board wireless system that will provide its intercity passengers with entertainment facilities including movies, music, e-books and e-magazines, as well as Wi-Fi internet access. For European Railway Review, Strategic Planning Senior Adviser at TRAINOSE, Nikolaos Athanasopoulos and colleague Panagiotis Georgas explain that the system has been designed within a ‘Bring Your Own Device’ (BYOD) concept…

An insight into TRAINOSE restructuring

Issue 1 2015 / 13 February 2015 /

TRAINOSE S.A was established in 2005 as a subsidiary of the OSE Group (the Hellenic Railways Organisation) responsible for the provision of passenger and rail freight transport. Since then it has undergone significant restructuring in order to meet EU regulations. Strategic Planning Senior Adviser Nikolaos Athanasopoulos gives an insight…

SHIFT²RAIL declared a priority of the Hellenic Presidency

Rail industry news / 20 February 2014 /

At the initiative of the Hellenic Presidency of the EU, decision makers and transport leaders from the EU institutions, executives from the European rail sector, Greek rail stakeholders, research centres and academia gathered in Athens…

Explaining the GSM-R project in Greece

Issue 1 2011 / 15 February 2011 /

The preparation, tendering and implementation phases of the GSM-R project in Greece are presented in a descriptive, but mainly explanatory type methodology. The objective was to introduce a new digital telecommunication network to replace the analog system along the main railway axis and provide the necessary interoperability for future roaming of border crossing trains. Although one would think that the technical specifications would present the major complexity, thanks to standardisation work done by the UIC/ERTMS group, it is in fact the administrative and commercial aspects of the project, such as government policy, environmental implications, stakeholder base, functional requirement gaps, operation and maintenance issues that introduce time and cost delays. The maturity of the project is established in phases and therefore a systematic and parsimonious approach in management is required. Lessons learned are based on return of experience from the people involved and the objective of this article is to ensure that the case can be used in other countries, which are already implementing or planning a GSM-R system.

Re-engineering Greek railways

Issue 2 2010 / 5 April 2010 /

TRAINOSE S.A. was founded in 2005, initially as a subsidiary of OSE S.A., but became independent of the OSE Group in 2009. Its operational and organisational split from the Hellenic Railways Holding Organisation was part of its initiated restructuring programme to fortify Greece’s railway business and consumer offering in the transnational competitive environment.

The growth of the Greek network

Issue 2 2007, Past issues / 3 April 2007 /

Strongly supported by the Ministry of Transport and Communications, a new era for Hellenic Railways is starting to take shape with major modernisation and upgrading projects of the railway service and infrastructure of the country.

ERTMS implementation in Greece

Issue 6 2006, Past issues / 28 November 2006 /

Though the Greek Railway Network is located far off Central Europe, ERGOSE S.A.1 is speeding up the efforts to comply with the interoperability requirements set by the European Community to facilitate unhindered, at least by technical barriers, cross-border operations at a European level and to introduce the technological evolutions of the European Railway Traffic Management System (ERTMS) to the Greek Railway Network.

Hellenic Railways: moving forward

Issue 2 2006, Past issues / 3 April 2006 /

The Greek railway network constitutes part of the trans-European transport network and OSE, therefore, implements an investment programme in compliance with the Common European Policy on railway/combined transports. The current activities of OSE that are financed by both European Union’s structural funds and OSE’s financial resources include such large investment projects as the construction of […]