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.
TRANSPORT for Greater Manchester (TfGM) has awarded a joint venture of Keolis and Amey a 10-year contract to operate and maintain the city’s 92km Metrolink light rail network.
THE International Association of Public Transport (UITP) is calling for urban transport authorities to build their own fleets of autonomous vehicles (AVs) for shared use and integration with existing bus and rail services to avoid “a dystopian future of even more private car traffic on the road.”
BRAZIL’s National Transport Agency (ANTT) invites funding offers by January 27 to enhance a technical and economic feasibility study conducted last year into a public-private project (PPP) to construct a 209km passenger railway between Brasilia and Goiãnia.
A ceremony was held at Nagad station in Djibouti on January 10 to mark the official opening of the new $US 4.2bn 752km electrified standard-gauge railway to the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa.
ITALIAN State Railway (FS) has brought all of its freight activities under one roof with the creation this month of Mercitalia which includes the former Trenitalia Cargo division as well as logistics and terminals.
THE Community of European Railway and Infrastructure Companies (CER) says the European Commission (EC) is putting rail freight, which is subject to customs clearance at European Union borders, at risk by imposing a system developed for road transport which is inappropriate for rail.
NATIONAL Express Group has agreed in principle to sell its c2c rail franchise in Britain to Italian State Railways’ (FS) train operating subsidiary Trenitalia for around £70m, subject to approval from the Department for Transport (DfT).
DURING the past year, several major policy initiatives such as global agreements on climate change and sustainability, and Europe’s Fourth Railway Package, have been concluded. We also saw the completion of the Gotthard Base Tunnel in Switzerland, continuing rail and metro expansion in China, the completion of several metro projects in India, and the approval of high-speed lines in Britain, Russia, and Malaysia/Singapore. The Shift2Rail research programme in Europe is also now in full swing. These are all positive developments which should strengthen rail’s market position, but only if railways can seize these opportunities.
THE Port Authority of New York/New Jersey Board of Commissioners announced on January 6 a $US 32bn draft 2017-2026 capital investment plan for public comment and review.
RAIL leaders will be among the speakers at the next International Railway Summit being organised jointly by IRJ and IRITS Events in association with the International Union of Railways (UIC). The event will be held at the UIC headquarters in Paris on February 15-17 2017.