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is-etcs-drinking-in-the-last-chance-saloon?
August 01, 2017
THE deployment of the ETCS train control element of ERTMS in Europe has been painfully slow, with only 4500km of lines either equipped or in the process of being installed, and virtually no cross-border lines...
high-speed-rail-projects-gain-momentum-despite-challenges
July 01, 2017
THIS month we report on a flurry of activity in the high-speed rail sector where three projects are coming to fruition in France, and French National Railways (SNCF) is starting to rebrand its iconic TGV....
eu-leaders-are-united-on-climate-change-they-should-be-united-on-decarbonising-transport
June 02, 2017
US president Donald Trump’s appalling decision to pull out of the Paris climate accord has rightly been met by a chorus of condemnation from all key European leaders, and a collective commitment to continue working...
rail-should-broaden-its-recruitment-horizons
June 01, 2017
THE railway industry faces a serious skills shortage for three main reasons: a high proportion of employees, particularly among operators, are approaching retirement age, the current level of investment which calls for large number of...
rolling-stock-boom-could-have-a-sting-in-the-tail
May 01, 2017
WITH many of the world’s leading rolling stock suppliers poised to promote their expertise and products this month at the Railtex exhibition in Britain and the International Association of Public Transport’s global summit in Montreal,...
managers-need-long-term-vision-for-rail-to-prosper
April 01, 2017
TOP management changes at two of the world’s major railways, CSX in the United States and German Rail (DB), were announced in March. While the circumstances around the new appointments could not be more different...
digitise-or-decay-the-urgent-need-for-technical-agility
March 01, 2017
THE rail industry is at a crossroads. On the one hand, the continuing increase in global population and the shift from rural areas to the cities is boosting demand for rail services, but on the...
autonomous-road-vehicles-are-coming-start-preparing-now
February 01, 2017
THERE is little doubt that the introduction of autonomous vehicles (AV) will have a profound effect on land transport when driverless cars, buses and trucks become commercially available, but the big question is how will...
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...

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