Kevin Smith

Kevin Smith

Kevin Smith joined IRJ in 2009 as features editor and since then has travelled the world reporting on developments in the world's railways. Before joining IRJ, Kevin worked for several local newspapers in the United States and as a freelance technical writer for a university engineering magazine. Kevin graduated with a first class honours degree in American Studies from Lancaster University, Britain, in 2006, and with a Master's degree in American Studies from Purdue University, United States, in 2008.

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Tuesday, 17 October 2017 06:35

Mezghani to succeed Flausch at UITP

THE International Association of Public Transport (UITP) has confirmed that Mr Mohamed Mezghani will succeed Mr Alain Flausch as the association’s secretary general from January 1.

Tuesday, 17 October 2017 05:47

Talgo reveals plans for British factory

SPANISH rolling stock manufacturer Talgo has announced details of a long-term plan for the British market, which includes establishing a plant and creating a localised supply chain.

Oslo’s public transport administrator Ruter is adopting a pioneering approach to digitalisation as it prepares future public transport services in the Norwegian capital region. Kevin Smith travelled to the city to meet with CEO Bernt Reitan Jenssen to find out what the company has achieved and what it is planning for the future.

THE merger of Alstom and Siemens’ Mobility division on September 26 might be read as a reaction to another recent tie-up in this age of consolidation in the railway rolling stock supply market: the combination of Chinese state-owned companies, CSR and CNR, in June 2015.

Tuesday, 26 September 2017 04:30

Sydney Metro receives first driverless train

THE first of 22 six-car driverless Alstom Metropolis trains for Sydney’s North West Rail Link automated metro project has arrived at Sydney Metro Trains depot in Rouse Hill.

Monday, 25 September 2017 08:42

Bombardier confirms German reorganisation

BOMBARDIER Transportation announced on September 25 that the company’s Management and General Works Council has signed a general company agreement formalising the transformation strategy for its German sites, announced on June 29, which will result in 2200 job losses.

SINGAPORE public transport operator SMRT and Kuala Lumpur operator Prasarana signed a memorandum of understanding in Kuala Lumpur on September 25 to form a joint venture company for the Johor Baru Singapore rapid transit link.

THAILAND’s Office of Transport and Traffic Policy and Planning has released a 20-year masterplan for rail development worth more than Baht 2.7 trillion ($US 81.57bn).

CONTRACTORS working on London’s Crossrail project have completed track installation work, marking another key milestone in the £14.8bn project ahead of the opening of the Elizabeth Line in December 2018.

SNCF’s Gares & Connexions is embracing design thinking, a concept famed in Silicon Valley, to enhance passenger experience at its stations across France. Kevin Smith visited the division’s headquarters in Paris to see what it has achieved so far.

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