David Briginshaw joined IRJ in 1982 as associate editor, and was appointed editor-in-chief in 2001. He has travelled the world extensively interviewing many of the CEOs and senior managers of the world's railways and transit systems which has given him an in-depth knowledge of the global railway industry.
BRUSSELS Transport (Stib) has awarded a consultancy contract to a consortium of Systra, Geste and Tractebel to assist with the introduction of communications-based train control (CBTC) on metro lines 1 and 5.
SIEMENS has won a €40m contract to install communications-based train control (CBTC) on the initial two lines of the Nagpur metro in India.
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 wagons.
CANADIAN National Railway (CN) says 64% of its $C 2.5bn ($US 1.9bn) capital investment budget in 2017 will be used to upgrade track and structures.
THE European Commission (EC) is inviting transport infrastructure investment proposals which combine €1bn of grants through the Connecting Europe Fund (CEF) with other sources including the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) and public and private finance.
SLOVAKIA’s national passenger operator ZSSK has launched a tender worth €69.5m for the supply of 26.4m-long long-distance air-conditioned passenger coaches.
CITY Rail Link has issued a call for tender to pre-qualify by March 1 for the C3 stations and tunnels package of the $NZ 3bn ($US 2.18bn) project to build a cross-city line in Auckland, New Zealand.
SOUND Transit, which is responsible for building and operating commuter rail, light rail and bus services in the Everett, Seattle and Tacoma area of Washington State, plans to invest $US 1.6bn this year, of which $US 1.2bn is for light rail as part of a plan to create a 187km light rail system.
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 their introduction affect not only road transport but also rail, and what the implications will be for public transport operators and railways.
TRANSNET, South Africa, has awarded a contract to GE to install its Predix operating system for the industrial internet to connect shippers and transport operators by providing real-time information on the status of shipments.