David Briginshaw

David Briginshaw

TWO reports this month from Australia and Europe regarding additional infrastructure investment should give heart to the rail industry, but they also highlight the differing attitudes to investment around the…
MUCH of last month's UIC conference in Paris on GSM-R was devoted to the situation in Europe, where interference and lack of capacity have become important issues. There were also…
IN an ideal world human beings would never make mistakes and equipment and systems would never fail. Unfortunately we don't live in utopia as the spate of serious railway accidents…
THE way railway equipment is procured has changed considerably during the last 20 to 30 years, with competitive tendering now the norm in most parts of the world. While competition…
THIS is the third issue of IRJ this year to include feature articles on rail projects in Africa. It is not a coincidence, but reflects the growing rail revival taking…
THE operation of cross-border rail services, whether freight or passenger, has always been rail's Achilles' heel. Trucks, buses and cars pass from one country to another either without stopping where…
LISTENING to some of the frankly rather depressing presentations at a railfreight seminar last month in Vienna, I started to think that it is a minor miracle that rail carries…
THE new Chinese government has finally done what many regarded as inevitable: dissolving of the Ministry of Railways (MOR). Its administrative functions are being transferred to the Ministry of Transport…
WHAT a mess! I'm referring to the total collapse of Fyra's high-speed service between Amsterdam and Brussels. The immediate cause is problems encountered with the V250 trains during snow and…
THE chairman of Eurostar, Mr Richard Brown, published his recommendations for reform of Britain's passenger franchising system on January 10.
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