Slovenian Railways' (SZ) freight business was badly affected by the recession, its network suffered damage from winter storms in February, and its international passenger business is in decline. SZ's general manager, Mr Dusan Mes (pictured), explained to Marco Chiandoni how the railway is responding to these challenges.
While ERTMS is now widely regarded as a standard train control system and is being adopted by railways around the world, there is still considerable dissatisfaction with the technology and its implementation in Europe. David Briginshaw analyses the current situation.
The Baltic States are seeking to end their isolation from the European railway network with a new standard-gauge line from Tallinn to Warsaw, but governments have struggled to reach a consensus on the region's biggest-ever infrastructure project. Keith Barrow reports from Brussels and Vilnius on the quest to find common ground on Rail Baltica.
THE European Union is set to allocate €34m from its TEN-T funding programme to enhance railway traffic on the Brussels - Luxembourg - Strasbourg corridor, or TEN-T Priority Project 28, by eliminating bottlenecks in and around Brussels.
EUROPEAN transport commissioner Mr Siim Kallas has called on the Baltic states to work together to make the standard-gauge Rail Baltic link between Estonia and Poland a reality, amid concerns that extra conditions being imposed by the Lithuanian government could delay the project.
THE Greek government has secured a €1m grant from the European Union (EU) TEN-T Programme to help fund a series of studies into the construction of a new 43km single-track line from Toxotes Xanthi on the existing Thessaloniki – Alexandroupoli line to the Aegean port of Kavala.
THE European Commission (EC) announced on October 17 that the EU transport infrastructure budget for 2014-20 will be €26.25bn, a threefold increase over the allocation for 2007-13, and the funds will be allocated to a new 'core network' of nine corridors with emphasis on improving east-west links.
With its punishing gradients, sharp curves, and intensive freight traffic, the Brenner corridor between Germany and Italy poses daily challenges for the many operators that use the route. Erwin Reidinger looks at how significant investment in additional capacity will bring a step-change in performance on this vital transalpine artery.