IRJ Blogs

india-needs-to-accelerate-railway-investment
September 29, 2016
THE Indian government should take a long hard look at the way it funds railway and metro investment as well as planning and project management processes if the country is to address the huge backlog...
rail-market-remains-steadfast-in-turbulent-times
September 05, 2016
THE global rail market continues to demonstrate its resilience to economic shocks and turbulence, and while the rate of growth may have slowed a little, the market is still growing at a respectable 2.3% according...
british-decision-to-leave-european-union-will-affect-rail
July 27, 2016
THE decision by 52% of the British electorate which voted in the referendum on June 23 to leave the European Union (EU) is likely to have far-reaching consequences for rail transport not only within Britain...
time-is-running-out-to-improve-rail’s-competitiveness
July 05, 2016
WHETHER we like it or not the rate at which new technology is being introduced is accelerating and some of rail's main competitors appear able to adopt new ways of working and technical innovations more...
forget-hyperloop-we-need-the-hyper-railway
June 07, 2016
THE notion of transporting people and goods at high speeds through pressurised tubes has existed as long as rail technology itself. From the Dalkey Atmospheric Railway in the 1840s to Vactrain in the late 20th...
infrastructure-investment-alone-will-not-guarantee-success
June 01, 2016
THIS month sees the handover of the 57km Gotthard Base Tunnel from AlpTransit to Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) for trial operation in preparation for the launch of commercial services on December 11.The Gotthard Base Tunnel...
exciting-prospects-ahead-for-passenger-rail
May 10, 2016
SIGNIFICANT developments on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean are likely to have a profound effect on the future of passenger rail. Radical new funding models are emerging in North America, while in Europe the...
etcs-progress-still-dogged-by-challenges
March 30, 2016
ON the face of it you might be forgiven for thinking that a conference on ERTMS would be rather dull. Far from it: there is always plenty of lively debate over the numerous issues bedevilling...
rail-needs-a-step-change-in-performance
March 22, 2016
RAIL has huge potential for growth, but all too often it fails to realise this due to high costs, poor service quality which make it unattractive, or lack of marketing. Rail needs to address these...
digitisation-speed-up-or-die
March 09, 2016
"The rail industry moves very slowly" is a common refrain heard at conferences and trade shows around the world with respect to the introduction of new products and technology. Rail's strong safety culture partly explains...