David Briginshaw

David Briginshaw

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.

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Wednesday, 18 October 2017 05:57

First Haramain test run to Mecca conducted

THE first test run with a Talgo high-speed train was conducted on the southern section of Saudi Arabia’s Haramain high-speed line between Jeddah and Mecca on October 17.

MR Rafael Santana, president and CEO of GE Latin America, will take over from Ms Jamie Miller as president and CEO of GE Transportation on November 1 following Miller’s appointment as chief financial officer of GE.

MALAYSIA’s prime minister, Mr Najib Razak, says that land acquisition has started for the construction of the 350km high-speed linking Kuala Lumpur and Singapore, while three months of public consultation to allow people to comment on the project will begin on November 1.

THE first 200km/h Inter-city Express Programme (IEP) bi-mode trains being supplied by Agility Trains consortium, which includes Hitachi Rail Europe, entered service with Great Western Railway (GWR) on the London Paddington - Bristol/Swansea route on October 16.

THE global outlook for the railway industry remains positive according to the latest quarterly survey of senior managers from around 100 companies conducted by SCI Verkehr, which says its quarterly business index is now at 30, the highest since 2014.

THE £760m project to install automatic train control on London Underground’s (LU) sub-surface lines, representing about 40% of the total network, has reached a milestone, with multiple test trains running under the control of the new signalling system for the first time.

INDIAN Railways’ Modern Coach Factory (MCF) is seeking expressions of interest to supply “world class” interiors for 1000 new LHB-type passenger coaches. A pre-bid meeting will be held in Raebareli on November 3 with bids to be submitted by November 23.

LOS Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LACMTA) will stage a forum at Union Station on October 13 for private companies interested in becoming a master commercial developer for the Link Union Station project.

Sunday, 15 October 2017 00:00

MTR Express takes on SJ in Sweden

David Briginshaw joined Mats Johannesson, the new CEO of MTR Express, for a trip from Gothenburg to Stockholm on MTR’s first open-access inter-city operation on August 29 where he saw first-hand how the service is performing.

MTR has steadily expanded its Swedish portfolio since it won its first concession to operate the Stockholm metro in 2009, and is now poised to bid for concessions in neighbouring Nordic countries, as David Briginshaw reports from the Swedish capital.

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