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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BRITAIN’s Department for Transport (DfT) has announced that it will ditch plans to electrify the Midland Main Line (MML) between Kettering, Nottingham, and Sheffield, the Great Western Main Line (GWML) between Cardiff and Swansea, and the Windermere - Oxenholme branch in the Lake District.

KEOLIS subsidiary Syntus has awarded Stadler a 15-year contract to maintain the 16 Flirt EMUs the Swiss manufacturer is supplying for use on Dutch regional services between Zwolle and Kampen/Enschede from December.

Friday, 14 July 2017 05:51

Stadler eyes new plant in Georgia

STADLER CEO Mr Peter Spuhler has signed a memorandum of understanding with Georgia’s minister of economy and sustainable development, Mr Giorgi Gakharia, paving the way for the Swiss rolling stock manufacturer to set up a plant in the country.

METROPOLITAN Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (Marta) has selected Kapsch TrafficCom, Austria, to design, develop, implement, support, and maintain a turnkey regional mobile ticketing system covering the authority’s nearly 80.5km of metro lines and more than 2250km of bus routes.

Thursday, 06 July 2017 04:49

Moscow - Kazan HSL takes step forward

RUSSIA’s state appraisals company, the Glavgosexpertiza, has approved design documentation for the third and fourth construction phases of the proposed Moscow - Kazan high-speed line.

SAUDI Arabia’s Public Transport Authority (PTA) has announced that it is seeking to enter into a long-term partnership with leading international railway companies and investors to provide passenger and freight services in the country.

Saturday, 15 July 2017 00:00

Developing the new TGV, brick by brick

Since it was launched in 1981, the TGV has become Alstom’s blue ribbon product. But what might the TGV of the Future look like? Kevin Smith visits Alstom’s headquarters in Paris to find out more about the joint government-industry programme that is underway to develop France’s next-generation high-speed train.

Saturday, 15 July 2017 00:00

Will France say “oui” to inOui?

Under a new strategy made public at the end of May, SNCF is hoping to attract 15 million additional passengers to its high-speed network by 2020. SNCF Voyages CEO Rachel Picard explains to Kevin Smith how the railway plans to reach this ambitious target.

THE International Union for Road-Rail Combined Transport (UIRR) says combined road-rail transport in Europe reported growth for only the second time since the financial crisis in 2016-17, albeit only minor growth, with the total number of consignments increasing by 0.66% and tonne-km by 3%.

AUSTRALIAN prime minister Mr Malcolm Turnbull announced a $A 1.42bn ($US 1.08bn) federal cash injection to fund upgrades to regional rail lines in Victoria on June 27.

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