Still reeling from the worst economic crisis in more than half a century, Europe's railfreight operators enter a new decade contemplating a long line of financial, political, and technical hurdles. Keith Barrow reports from Marketforce's Future of Railfreight in Europe conference in Berlin, where delegates debated the industry's most pressing issues, and how they might be tackled.
Despite the high reliability of ERTMS, the rapid roll-out of GSM-R, and the increasing number of ETCS projects – particularly outside Europe – there is still a lack of confidence in ERTMS in Europe, as David Briginshaw discovered at the UIC’s ERTMS conference in Malaga, Spain, last month.
Hartmut Mehdorn has transformed German Rail (DB) over the last decade from a struggling national railway to a successful international company ready for a stock exchange flotation. But allegations that senior DB managers spied on thousands of workers has led to his resignation, as Keith Barrow explains
Chris Acton, director of British railway engineering and design consultancy Tritech Rail, highlights the continuing skills shortage in the industry, which he says is threatening business growth and the future development of the rail network in Britain.
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