IRJ Blogs

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...
china’s-rail-industry-the-dragon-on-your-doorstep
November 06, 2014
THERE is little doubt that China is starting to reap the rewards of its long-term railway strategy. This has involved equipping its railway industry with modern technology and expertise, largely through joint ventures with many...
long-distance-buses-–-the-emerging-challenge-to-germanys-train-operators
October 14, 2014
THE announcement on October 14 that Veolia Verkehr will withdraw all of its InterConnex trains between Leipzig, Berlin and Germany's Baltic Coast from the December timetable change is the first tangible evidence that long-distance bus...
marking-half-a-century-of-high-speed-rail
October 02, 2014
THIS month we celebrate the opening of the Tokaido Shinkansen in October 1964, the world's first dedicated high-speed railway. The event was a momentous step forward not just for Japan but much further afield because...
italys-new-energy-policy-is-bad-news-for-rail
September 08, 2014
A decree issued by the Italian government on competition in the energy sector, which became law on August 21, is causing widespread discontent among the country's rail operators. The issue concerns the special tariff regime on...