IRJ Blogs

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...
the-luxembourg-protocol-–-turning-vision-into-reality
March 08, 2016
A study by Roland Berger published by the Rail Working Group shows that 88% of all rolling stock purchased in Europe is directly or indirectly publicly funded or underwritten, so that out of an annual...
is-technical-interoperability-an-impossible-dream?
February 10, 2016
WHILE the European Union's desire to create a single market for rail seems to be finally making headway with the Fourth Railway Package expected to be adopted soon, the implementation of ERTMS across national boundaries...
asia-europe-railfreight-set-for-further-rapid-growth?
January 19, 2016
EAST-WEST railfreight, specifically bulk intermodal between China and Europe, is an industry success story of the last few years and will continue to grow at pace in 2016 as new trains are added and existing...
open-access-operators-gain-momentum
January 19, 2016
THE story of the liberalisation of Europe's long-distance passenger market has long had something of a Wild West flavour - a handful of pioneers setting out to find their fortune in an often hostile and...
we-must-balance-increased-security-with-the-freedom-to-travel
November 30, 2015
THE appalling terrorist attacks in Paris on November 13 and the thwarted attack on an Amsterdam - Brussels - Paris Thalys train on August 21 will inevitably lead to calls for greater security and the...
will-europe-really-back-more-passenger-rail-competition?
November 02, 2015
THE announcement last month that the 26 transport ministers of the European Union (EU) have finally decided to open up the domestic passenger rail market in each member state to competition from 2020, and to...
get-ready-for-the-next-signalling-revolution
September 29, 2015
WHETHER we like it or not, we have to face up to the accelerating development of technology which is both a huge challenge as well as a real opportunity for rail to reduce costs and...