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.
THE newly-appointed CEO of German Rail (DB), Dr Richard Lutz, announced a return to profitability on March 23 having turned a loss of €1.3bn in 2015 into a €700m profit last year.
SWISS Federal Railways (SBB) can look back on a successful year in 2016 with records in several areas: passenger journeys rose by 3.5% to 1.25 million per day, total freight traffic was up by 9.9% to 16.6 billion tonne-km, and the network was more intensively used than ever before.
THE supervisory board of German Rail (DB) has confirmed the appointment of Dr Richard Lutz as its next CEO for a five-year term which will run until March 2022.
TENDERS have been invited for a €23m project to electrify the 49km Viana do Castelo - Valença section of Portugal’s Minho line which runs north from Nine via Viana do Castelo to Valença on the Spanish border.
THE European Union’s (EU) Transforming Transport big data research project, which was launched in January and runs through to June 30 2019, is preparing to launch a rail pilot project in Spain as one of 13 pilot schemes in Europe covering all modes of transport.
FRANCE’s infrastructure manager, SNCF Network, put into service a new control centre for Paris Gare de Lyon during the weekend of March 18-19. The first train departed the terminal at 05.01 on March 20.
THE stations and connections division of French National Railways (SNCF) has signed a research and exchange agreement with MIT Senseable City Lab, United States, to improve station comfort.
PLZEN Urban Transport (PMDP), Czech Republic, has issued a call for tender for the supply of 16 medium-capacity low-floor trams.
ACCORDING to a report published by SCI Verkehr, Germany, all types of rail traffic are expected to grow up to 2025, building on the growth already achieved since 2005. The strongest growth is expected in urban rail, followed by mainline passenger and freight.
THE CEO of Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) Mr Andreas Meyer and the president of French National Railways (SNCF) Mr Guillaume Pepy signed an agreement in Paris on March 9 regarding the joint operation of cross-border regional passenger services in the Geneva area.