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rastatt-was-a-disaster-for-rail-freight-let’s-learn-the-lessons
October 02, 2017
The closure of a small stretch of railway line must never again lead to the chaos and wide-reaching economic damage of Rastatt, an incident which has directly exposed rail as the weak link within the...
embrace-change-it’s-the-only-way-forward
October 01, 2017
TECHNOLOGY is advancing at a faster rate than ever before, and the pace of change is impacting many areas of business and industry, with some of the innovators firmly intent on disrupting the status quo.For...
will-alstom-siemens-merger-check-crrc’s-international-expansion?
September 27, 2017
THE merger of Alstom and Siemens’ Mobility division on September 26 might be read as a reaction to another recent tie-up in this age of consolidation in the railway rolling stock supply market: the combination...
alstom-siemens-mobility-merger-won’t-leave-bombardier-in-the-cold
September 27, 2017
SEPTEMBER 26 brought a double-dose of bad news for Bombardier, with the US Department of Commerce imposing punitive tariffs of 219% on the import of C Series aircraft and Alstom and Siemens announcing the combination of...
cross-border-rail-links-the-spark-to-ignite-intra-african-trade
September 15, 2017
OVER the last 20 years the value of trade between Africa and the rest of the world has quadrupled, but trade between African nations remains extremely limited. According to the World Trade Organisation, intra-regional trade...
rastatt-calamity-underlines-need-for-track-and-train-separation
September 14, 2017
THE closure of the north-south corridor in Rastatt, Germany, is a disaster for rail freight on perhaps the most heavily-used intermodal corridor in Europe. According to operators, only 15% of the normal 200 intermodal trains...
innovative-funding-gains-momentum
September 01, 2017
FOR several years now governments around the world have been trying to attract private funding for rail projects as a way of bridging the gap between dwindling public resources and the need to expand urban...
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...

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