IRJ Blogs

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...
new-rzd-president-will-have-big-shoes-to-fill
August 25, 2015
THE news that Dr Vladimir Yakunin is to step down as president of Russian Railways (RZD) after 10 years will come as a shock to many both within Russia and abroad, especially as he has...
major-european-railways-need-the-right-people-at-the-top
August 03, 2015
THREE of Europe's major railways face some serious challenges in the coming months as they try to grapple with problems ranging from a failure to react to rapid changes in the market, as in the...
germany-and-france-cling-to-their-railway-monopolies
July 24, 2015
WHILE still opposing the European Union's (EU) Fourth Railway Package in the EU council and parliament, Germany and France are already making sure it will have no effect in bringing competition to public service obligation...
is-rail-doing-enough-to-secure-its-future?
June 24, 2015
TRUE success lies in the ability to predict future trends accurately and embrace them successfully rather than letting them adversely affect your business. The difficulty lies in making accurate predictions and knowing how to react,...