Keith Barrow

Keith Barrow

Keith Barrow joined IRJ as News Editor in 2006 and was promoted to Associate Editor in 2008. He was previously editor of employee publications for the Welsh Assembly Government, G4S, and Thomsonfly, and has written for a range of other publications including the Derby Telegraph. He graduated from Lincoln University in 2002 with a degree in journalism.

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Deep beneath the streets of Stockholm, a new railway is taking shape which will solve a decades-old railway capacity problem in the Swedish capital. As construction approaches the halfway stage Keith Barrow looks at the City Line project and how it will transform the region's rail network.

Monday, 04 February 2013 04:29

Iran invests in cross-border connections

Iran is currently engaged in a major programme of railway construction which will significantly improve links with its neighbours. Mr Taleb Zare, acting president and board member of Iranian Islamic Republic Railways (RAI) talks to Keith Barrow about how this investment is transforming the network.

In recent years the Jordanian government has advanced plans for a national railway network which will link Iraq with the Red Sea and Saudi Arabia with Syria, Turkey, and Europe. Keith Barrow reports from Amman on how this major regional project is moving forward.

BRITISH open-access operator Direct Rail Services (DRS) has revealed the design of its forthcoming EuroLight UK locomotive, 15 of which were ordered from Vossloh last January.

Friday, 01 February 2013 06:43

Planning resumes on German high-speed line

GERMAN infrastructure manager DB Networks and Hessen State Ministry of Economics, Transport and Regional Development announced on January 30 that the planning process for the Hanau – Würzburg/Fulda high-speed line is to resume, and a programme of public consultation will begin later this year.

JAPAN's Iwate Kaihatsu Railway (IKT) has installed a new emissions reduction system from Hotstart, United States, in one of its diesel locomotives with the aim of reducing exhaust smoke, which had led to complaints from residents living near the line in Ofunato.

Wednesday, 30 January 2013 11:43

EC unveils draft Fourth Railway Package

SANCTIONS could be imposed on vertically-integrated railways obstructing competition in their home market under new measures included in the draft Fourth Railway Package, which was unveiled by the European Commission (EC) on January 30.

Wednesday, 30 January 2013 09:20

Agreements signed on Mexican passenger projects

MEXICAN transport minister Mr Geraldo Ruiz signed a cooperation agreement on January 28 with the governor of the state of Querétaro, Mr Jose Calzada, to advance plans for a new passenger railway between Mexico City and Querétaro.

INVENSYS Rail Dimetronic has begun dynamic testing of the signalling system on the initial 4.3km section of Singapore's Downtown Line between Chinatown and Bugis in preparation for the start of commercial services in October.

HABTOOR Leighton Group (HLG), the civil works contractor building Qatar's Education City light rail line, has awarded Rail.One a contract to supply its Rheda City ballastless track system for the project.

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