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High-Speed Rail - Articles and news items

25 years of high-speed rail in Spain: a beacon of international reference

Issue 3 2017 / 10 May 2017 /

Pedro Fortea, Director of Mafex – the Spanish Railway Association, explains how Spain’s extensive experience and continued developments with high-speed rail make the country a worldwide reference model.

Should we go ahead with HS2?

Railway Extra, Z Homepage promo / 16 March 2017 /

Regular European Railway Review blogger, Graham Ellis, delves into the subject of high-speed train lines, specifically HS2.

HS2 gains Royal Assent

Rail industry news / 23 February 2017 /

The HS2 Bill gained Royal Assent today after three years of Parliamentary scrutiny, paving the way for the new rail line that will increase capacity on Britain’s railways while also connecting the biggest cities and generating jobs and economic growth.

University of Leeds appoints new Chair in High Speed Rail Engineering

Rail industry news / 20 February 2017 /

The University of Leeds has announced the appointment of Professor Peter Woodward as a new Chair in High Speed Rail Engineering.

Baltic States sign agreement for implementation of Rail Baltica project

Rail industry news / 1 February 2017 /

The Prime Ministers of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia have signed an intergovernmental agreement on the implementation of the Rail Baltica project.

High-Speed Rail in-depth focus 2017

Issue 1 2017, Supplements, Z Homepage promo / 31 January 2017 /

In this supplement: maintaining momentum for high-speed rail; the state of play and vision for European development; Poland’s modern Express Intercity Premium Trains; and a roundtable with industry experts…

ÖBB Railjet – technology that moves

Issue 1 2017 / 31 January 2017 /

Railjet is the most modern high-speed train in ÖBB’s fleet and connects the whole of Austria with Germany, Switzerland, Hungary and the Czech Republic (and from 2018 with Italy as well) at up to 230km/h on a regular schedule. Here ÖBB’s Head of High-Speed and Long-Distance Services, Kurt Bauer, explains that passengers travel at the highest levels of comfort and can also take advantage of a new and improved Wi-Fi system including service and infotainment offerings on all Railjets equipped with Railnet.

Poland’s modern Express InterCity Premium trains

Issue 1 2017 / 31 January 2017 /

PKP InterCity has invested in purchasing 20 modern high-speed Pendolino trains to improve passenger services. For European Railway Review, Marek Chraniuk, President of the Board at PKP InterCity, gives a technical overview of the new fleet as well as their on-board features specifically designed to provide passengers with a premium level of travelling comfort.

Sapsan Trains passenger numbers increased by more than one-third in 2016

Rail industry news / 10 January 2017 /

According to JSC Russian Railways, high-speed Sapsan Trains have seen a 37.4 percent increase in passengers during 2016.

Renfe awards high-speed train contract to Talgo

Rail industry news / 28 November 2016 /

Spain’s national train operator Renfe has awarded a contract to supply and maintain up to 30 hi-speed trains to Talgo.

A high-speed future – what do passengers want?

Issue 6 2016 / 23 November 2016 /

The UK’s High Speed 2 project has the potential to transform travel between major cities – but what do passengers really want from the new railway service? In this article Ian Wright, Head of Insight from Transport Focus, explains that understanding the needs of passengers is a crucial element if the project is to be delivered successfully.

FRA proposes safety standard updates allowing high-speed trains in the U.S.

Rail industry news / 22 November 2016 /

The U.S. Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) has announced proposals for safety standard updates that will aid the introduction of high-speed trains.