THE German state of Rhineland-Palatinate and the French Grand Est region have agreed to deepen cross-border cooperation and on June 19 released a joint concept and tender for cross-border regional rail services to start operation in December 2024.
At the start of this year new 10-year concessions came into effect for infrastructure management and operation of passenger services on most of the Dutch railway network. Quintus Vosman considers whether lessons have been learned from the previous concession, and how the new agreements will shape the operation of the network over the next decade.
Melbourne's Regional Rail Link project is set to transform rail travel in the city when it is completed later this year. The project offers valuable project management lessons to other undertakings in Australia and around the world, as Allen Garner, CEO of Regional Rail Link Authority, explains.
Russian suburban services are struggling to achieve what was hoped when the railway market was reformed in Russia in 2001. Vladimir Savchuk, deputy director general of Russia's Institute of Natural Monopolies Research (IPEM), considers what is holding these suburban operations back and explains how a new round of regulatory changes could halt their decline.
While high-speed lines have been built primarily to serve the inter-city market, regional travellers are also benefiting from the investment in new rail infrastructure. IRJ editors look at the development of regional high-speed in three European countries and consider the prospects for growth.