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hs2-needs-a-cross-london-link-to-continental-europe
April 11, 2014
PASSENGERS travelling on Britain's planned HS2 line from northern England wishing to travel to continental Europe are destined to trudge along Euston Road in London to transfer from Euston to St Pancras stations for the...
dawlish-disaster-must-be-the-spark-for-a-new-southwest-railway
April 09, 2014
THE nature of IRJ means that we report on railway-related news and events from a global perspective, rarely looking at anything too close to home. Some of you may not be aware that IRJ's editorial...
rail-must-embrace-innovation-to-survive
April 03, 2014
ONE of the main messages to emerge from last month's Railway Forum, staged in Berlin by the Institute for Production Management (IPM), is that rail needs more innovation if it is to remain competitive with...
study-dispels-the-myths-of-high-speed-economics
March 07, 2014
A REPORT into the further development of Europe's high-speed rail network, conducted by Civity Management Consultants on behalf of French National Railways (SNCF) and Alstom, should prove invaluable to transport planners, politicians, railways and proponents...
how-robust-is-your-infrastructure?
February 21, 2014
THE recent spate of extreme weather which has affected countries around the world, has disrupted rail services due to lines being blocked by snow, ice, flood water, fallen trees and infrastructure failures. With more extreme...
can-cbtc-cope-with-complex-rail-networks?
February 04, 2014
RECENTLY in IRJ we have reported on a positive development with communications-based train control (CBTC) - its first application in Japan and, on the downside, the cancellation of a major CBTC contract in London which...
open-access-operators-deserve-fair-treatment
January 07, 2014
WHILE members of the European Parliament's Tran Committee are currently debating amendments to the European Commission's Fourth Railway Package regarding the opening up of domestic passenger rail markets to competition, the reality on the ground...
can-rail-react-fast-enough-to-new-challenges?
December 06, 2013
WHETHER we like it or not, change is one the certainties of life and anyone who tries to assert that things will remain the same is suffering from a serious dose of complacency. Take the...
clear-thinking-needed-to-maximise-infrastructure-investment-benefits
November 04, 2013
TWO reports this month from Australia and Europe regarding additional infrastructure investment should give heart to the rail industry, but they also highlight the differing attitudes to investment around the world, the way projects are...
russian-high-speed-takes-two-steps-back-one-step-forward
September 25, 2013
WHAT a difference two years makes. In October 2011 Mr Denis Muratov, CEO of Russian Railways' (RZD) High Speed Rail Lines subsidiary, declared confidently to a room of British journalists in London that Russia would...