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Train seating concepts offer peak capacity boost BRITISH design agency PriestmanGoode has unveiled two train seating concepts which seek to maximise capacity and comfort for passengers on services which frequently suffer from overcrowding.

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NETHERLANDS Railways (NS) and Prorail have successfully completed a joint research initiative that looked at the use of smartwatches by conductors, with the aim of increasing punctual departures. The smartwatches aim to increase efficiency by providing...
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BRITAIN’s Railway Safety and Standards Board (RSSB) has confirmed that Chiltern Railways will participate in a three-month testing programme of an alternative hybrid traction system as part of the powertrain competition, which is funded by...
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SWISS Federal Railways (SBB) is launching a pilot project to use self-driving car shuttles as part of the existing integrated mobility system already in place in the city of Zug. This is the first such...
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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...
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In order to compete effectively in a 21st century economy and society, railway infrastructure managers must be ready to embrace new innovations and technologies to reinvent the service on offer, argues Infrabel CEO Luc Lallemand.SINCE...

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FRENCH National Railways (SNCF) is starting to use IBM Watson Internet of Things (IoT) on IBM Cloud to monitor train and infrastructure performance in real-time.SNCF’s scheduling, train operation and maintenance activities are being equipped with...
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TESTING of the ERSAT EAV satellite signalling system concluded on February 24, when the operation of the technology was demonstrated to guests including Mr Josef Doppelbauer, executive director of the EU Agency for Railways, Mr...
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SIEMENS has won a €40m contract to install communications-based train control (CBTC) on the initial two lines of the Nagpur metro in India.Using its Trainguard MT system, Siemens will install CBTC on the two lines...
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SWISS Federal Railways (SBB) has launched a new strategy which aims to combine its existing strengths with new technology to enable it to increase capacity, offer door-to-door journeys, and develop digital stations and smart freight...
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SCIENTISTS at the University of Birmingham, Britain, have developed application which enables passengers to measure ride comfort using their smart phones. Data collected through the app will give operators instant feedback from passengers about bumps and...

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