THE European Commission’s objective of completing the rollout of ERTMS across its nine Core Network Corridors (CNCs) by 2030 could be in jeopardy because of the patchy nature of deployment and the reluctance of infrastructure managers and operators to invest in the technology, according to a report published on October 3 by the European Court of Auditors.
FRENCH infrastructure manager SNCF Network has confirmed that the 22km Belfort - Delle line, which has been closed since 1992, will become operational again at the timetable change in December 2018, creating a further connection between the French high-speed and Swiss railway networks.
Recent terrorist attacks in Europe have intensified calls for greater security at stations. However, introducing airport-style security may not be financially viable, or do anything to combat the terrorist threat, as Bartlomiej Jesionkiewicz explains.
AFTER lengthy negotiations and technical preparations, Polish operator Regional Railways (PR) and Lithuanian Railways (LG) carried out the first test run on May 5 for a new service connecting Bialystok in eastern Poland with the Lithuanian city of Kaunas via the new standard-gauge link between the two countries, which opened last October.
Once the butt of jokes for its poor reliability and slow journey times, Israel Railways is undergoing a radical transformation which promises to turn it into a competitive and viable means of transport for more and more people. CEO Boaz Tzafrir outlines to Kevin Smith how the company is delivering these improvements.
With at least two sets of national rules and numerous location-specific technical considerations to contend with, cross-border ERTMS deployments can represent a daunting challenge for infrastructure managers. Keith Barrow looks at two key projects which are seeking to streamline international train movements on the Rhine-Alpine Corridor.