IRJ Blogs

railway-investors-need-nerves-of-steel
June 01, 2015
THIS issue of IRJ contains a number of stories which highlight some of the challenges associated with investing in the construction of new lines or increasing the capacity of existing ones. Whether it is shifts in...
it’s-time-for-change-in-public-transport
May 05, 2015
THE 61st UITP World Congress and Exhibition being staged in Milan on June 8-10 comes at a time when the public transport industry is facing an unprecedented number of challenges. Though the theme of the...
seismic-shifts-are-reshaping-the-railway-supply-industry
April 29, 2015
THIS year is shaping up to be a watershed for the global rolling stock supply industry. A series of mergers, acquisitions and disposals, coupled with the growing importance of small and medium-sized enterprises are likely...
high-speed-operators-need-high-speed-reactions
April 07, 2015
TWO of Europe's leading high-speed rail operators, French National Railways (SNCF) and German Rail (DB), have announced restructuring plans in a bid to revitalise the lacklustre performance of their high-speed services and revive growth. The...
want-to-make-an-impact-host-cop21-in-a-city-with-intolerable-pollution
March 09, 2015
IN preparation for the upcoming United Nations COP21 climate change conference, I've been appearing at a number of international events and outlining public transport's position in the climate debate. If you take a look at the...
declining-oil-price-poses-serious-threat-to-railways
March 04, 2015
THE dramatic fall in oil prices has already claimed its first railway casualties, including Mexico's troubled high-speed project, and it could have serious consequences for rail if the cost of road transport remains at a...
europe-has-lost-its-way-on-cross-border-train-services
February 26, 2015
THIS Sunday sees the demise of another European cross-border train service with the withdrawal of the three daily Regional Express services between Dresden, Germany, and Wroclaw in Poland. The RE 100 Dresden Wroclaw Express was launched...
rail-infrastructure-projects-too-risky-for-private-investors?
February 05, 2015
TAIWAN High Speed Rail Corporation (THSRC) is on the brink of financial collapse because its operating profits are insufficient to meet preferred share redemption obligations and Taiwan's Legislative Yuan has unanimously rejected a financial restructuring...
is-reintegration-the-answer-to-sncf’s-problems?
January 08, 2015
ONE could argue that the reintegration of French railways into a holding structure after 17 years of separation is another nail in the coffin of the European Union's (EU) plan to create a single market...
counting-the-cost-of-under-capacity
December 04, 2014
THE primary function of rail transport is to move high volumes of freight and large numbers of people. This is what rail excels at, and its high cost base means it needs high traffic volumes...