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britain’s-railways-descend-into-crisis
July 02, 2018
BRITAIN’s railways are currently facing their worst crisis since the Hatfield derailment in 2000 which was caused by a broken rail and led to the virtual paralysis of the system while engineers inspected the entire...
high-speed-must-continue-to-drive-innovation
June 01, 2018
HIGH-SPEED rail is having a growing impact on both transport and the wider economy as the number of lines in operation steadily increases. It is a driver of railway technology which is helping to transform’s...
will-digitalisation-spur-etcs-deployment-in-europe?
May 01, 2018
THE International Union of Railways’ (UIC) held its first global signalling conference in Milan on March 26-28 in cooperation with Italian State Railways (FS), as the successor to its series of conferences on ERTMS. While...
will-the-unions-stop-french-rail-reform-in-its-tracks?
March 30, 2018
TWO of the four French railway unions joined air traffic controllers and other public sector workers in a national strike on March 22 in protest against president Mr Emanuel Macron’s plans for labour reform and...
change-your-mindset-or-risk-losing-out-in-the-new-digital-world
March 14, 2018
“YOU need to think like you are the Google of transport, or you will be dead.” Mr Oliver Wolff's bold statement was met with nods of approval during the opening session of the International Association of...
a-growing-appetite-for-change-in-france
March 01, 2018
THE French government has initiated discussions with regional authorities and stakeholders following the publication in February of two watershed reports into the future priorities for infrastructure investment and the structure of French National Railways (SNCF)....
open-access-passenger-operators-come-of-age
February 01, 2018
SEVERAL of Europe’s private open-access passenger operators are proving the sceptics wrong and disproving a widely-held belief that passenger rail services can only survive with government hand outs and subsidies. As we report this month,...
digitalisation-the-new-driver-of-railway-technology
January 04, 2018
AS we take our annual look at the year ahead, it is hard to avoid the “D” word. Digitalisation is starting to take hold in the minds of railway managers and engineers around the world...
flexibility-is-the-key-to-survival-in-a-rapidly-changing-world
December 01, 2017
THE quest to reduce the emission of greenhouse and noxious gases from diesel engines appears to have taken on a new sense of urgency judging by the recent flurry of announcements about pilot projects for...
will-the-siemens-alstom-merger-live-up-to-expectations?
November 01, 2017
THE announcement on September 26 that Siemens and Alstom have agreed to merge their rail businesses did not come as a complete surprise as rumours of a potential tie up, first between Siemens and Bombardier...

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