ITALIAN infrastructure manager Italian Railway Network (RFI) has awarded Stars Railway Systems, a consortium of IDS Ingegneria Del Sistemi and Intecs, Italy, a contract to supply 100 Sirio-LX obstacle detection systems for deployment on PAI-PL automatic level crossings in Lombardy and Tuscany.
THE government of the Australian state of Victoria has announced the introduction on February 8 of what it describes as a temporary, stable timetable for V/Line regional passenger services which have been crippled by excessive wheel wear on VLocity DMUs and a level crossing malfunction.
Aarhus is currently developing Denmark's inaugural light rail project which is on course to open in 2017 to coincide with the city becoming the year's European Capital of Culture. Kevin Smith took a trip to eastern Jutland to see how the project is progressing.
A new ballastless track system developed by French engineers is designed to reduce the initial capital required for slab track and deliver better life-cycle costs than ballasted track. As Keith Barrow reports, NBT is now on test in Russia, where it will be subjected to high axleloads and extreme temperatures.
Increasing rail traffic in North America is coinciding with a rise in the risky behaviour of delayed road users at occupied level crossings. Ian Naish, of Naish Transportation Consulting, considers the findings of recent research on this subject and suggests means to mitigate this risk in a study conducted for Transport Canada.
The European Restrail research project, which concluded in October 2014, investigated means to reduce fatal incidents and suicides on Europe's railways, including two approaches to prevent illegal trespassing in Finland. Dr Anne Silla and Mr Veli-Pekka Kallberg from VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland reveal their findings.
FRENCH National Railways (SNCF) has complained to the organisers of the Paris – Roubaix cycle race for allowing several competitors to stream across a level crossing well after the barriers had come down, narrowly avoiding a collision with a TGV.
FOLLOWING a number of serious accidents in 2013, the positive trend showing a reduction in accidents and improving passenger safety on European railway networks was halted in the International Union of Railways (UIC) 2014 Railway Accidents in Europe annual report issued on October 17.
THE total number of fatalities on Europe's railways declined from 1095 in 2011 to 1011 in 2012 according to the International Union of Railways' (UIC) annual Railway Accidents in Europe report, which was released at the end of December.