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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GOVIA Thameslink Railway (GTR), in cooperation with Britain’s infrastructure manager Network Rail (NR) and Siemens, is claiming a world first by running the first train in passenger service on the central-London section of Thameslink using ATO over ETCS.

GERMAN Rail (DB) achieved a 5.2% increase in revenue in 2017 to €42.7bn which translated into a 37.1% jump in pre-tax profit to €968m, a 2.8% rise in adjusted Ebitda to €4.93bn, and a 10.6% increase in adjusted Ebit to €2.15bn.

GERMANY's Federal Cartel Office has approved the acquisition by VTG of the Nacco Group, Europe’s fourth largest wagon leasing company, from CIT Rail Holdings Europe, subject to certain conditions. VTG hopes to get approval from the Austrian antitrust court before the end of March.

FRAPORT, which operates Frankfurt Airport, has awarded a contract to a consortium of Siemens, Max Bögl Group and Keolis to build, operate and maintain a new fully-automated Airval peoplemover to serve the new Terminal 3.

BRITAIN’s Department for Transport (DfT) has invited promotors and investors to come forward with financially-credible projects to build new lines or enhance the rail network, starting with a new southern rail link to London Heathrow Airport.

SPAIN’s minister of development, Mr Iñigo de la Serna, has announced an investment of €660.6m to increase the capacity of Madrid Puerta de Atocha station and alter the track layout at Charmatín station.

JAPAN’s International Cooperation Agency (Jica) has agreed to lend Yen 104.53bn ($US 1bn) to the Philippines for construction of the first underground metro line in Manila, which is a flagship scheme of the government’s Build-Build-Build programme.

THE mayor of Quebec City, Mr Régis Labeaume, in the presence of Quebec province’s premier Mr Philippe Couillard and the president of Capital Transport Network (RTC) Mr Rémy Normand, has unveiled a $C 2.9bn ($US 2.22bn) plan to expand the city’s public transport network, as the existing bus-based system is at maximum capacity in several locations.

CHARLOTTE Area Transit System (Cats) opened an extension to its 15km Lynx Blue Line light rail line on March 16.

NORWAY’s infrastructure manager Bane Nor has awarded a NKr 600m ($US 78m) contract to Thales to install a national traffic management system (TMS) as part of the roll out of ERTMS across most of the network by 2034.

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