IRJ Blogs

the-stage-is-set-for-rail-to-deliver
January 09, 2017
DURING the past year, several major policy initiatives such as global agreements on climate change and sustainability, and Europe’s Fourth Railway Package, have been concluded. We also saw the completion of the Gotthard Base Tunnel...
how-might-us-transit-fare-under-trump?
December 19, 2016
WHILE Republicans across the United States were popping champagne corks in jubilation as their party won the presidential election and secured majorities in both houses of Congress on the night of November 8, the election...
britain-needs-the-sparks-to-fly-again
November 23, 2016
A combination of poor project management and overengineering which had led to delays and soaring costs on a major British electrification project will seriously undermine the prospects for future main line electrification in Britain, unless...
rail-and-the-paris-agreement-industry-faces-major-challenges-to-become-mode-of-choice
November 01, 2016
The rail sector continues to lead the way as a sustainable transport mode, but it must do more to encourage further modal shift and to meet its ambitious targets for reducing emissions and energy consumption,...
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...