Metro and Urban

The CEO of Bytemark discusses the future for mobile ticketing

Written by on July 21, 2014 in Metro and Urban with 0 Comments

Micah Bergdale, CEO of Bytemark, discusses the future for mobile ticketing.

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Belgium rail strike causes havoc throughout Europe

Belgium rail strike causes havoc throughout Europe

Written by on July 1, 2014 in Metro and Urban with 0 Comments

A rail strike in Belgium has reportedly ‘crippled’ the European city, as well as causing all international high-speed services and trains on most local lines to come to a standstill. The strike began on Sunday between 22:00 local time on Sunday until Tuesday morning, and resulted in virtually no passenger service in the country’s French-speaking […]

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Investment

Network Rail pump £12.5m into Euston station in a bid to make it ‘bigger, and brighter’

Network Rail pump £12.5m into Euston station in a bid to make it ‘bigger, and brighter’

Written by on July 23, 2014 in Investment with 0 Comments

At the end of this month, work will begin on developing Euston station. Network Rail have proposed that a budget of £12.5m will be spent on expanding the size and facilities at London’s fourth busiest station. The development will be sectioned into two phases; Phase one will involve the station being cleared of kiosks and […]

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Brazil and China combine efforts and sign a five-year rail project memorandum

Brazil and China combine efforts and sign a five-year rail project memorandum

Written by on July 23, 2014 in Investment with 0 Comments

President Xi Jiniping of China, took an official visit to Brazil on Thursday and agreed to signing a five-year memorandum, alongside the Brazilian president, Dilma Roussef.  This will see both countries join forces and co-operate on various aspects within different railway projects. In combination with China and Brazil, Peru also joined forces and an additional […]

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Passenger Rail/Experience

3 ways to help the 21st century traveller choose rail

3 ways to help the 21st century traveller choose rail

Passenger experience of rail travel has improved dramatically since the early days of rickety steam locomotives carrying passengers from point A to B. Rail operators are now offering their passengers household coffee and food brands, Wi-Fi and free infotainment and passenger information announcements. The emergence of hi speed rail has seen some rail journeys completely […]

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Enhancing passenger experience by utilising passenger touch points

Enhancing passenger experience by utilising passenger touch points

Passenger experience is being improved by rail operators by utilising passenger touch points. Today’s digital traveller is enabling passengers to use their smart phones to help them complete their journey with ticket purchases, disruption management, maps and loyalty offers. Download the full presentation here > Renfe have implemented a mobility initiative context with 4 key […]

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Signalling

Lessons learned from Munich’s test setup of 3 different platform track intrusion detection systems

Lessons learned from Munich’s test setup of 3 different platform track intrusion detection systems

Our guest blogger, Kevin McNally, Director, Driven Transport Solutions, heard from Olaf Frobenius, MVG about the test setup of three different platform track intrusion detection systems in Munich. Munich’s unattended stations had meant that at many times, they didn’t know what was happening on their system and they were looking for a cost effective method to deal […]

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Suzhou signalling contract awarded and LRVs unveiled

Suzhou signalling contract awarded and LRVs unveiled

Written by on April 11, 2014 in Featured on App, Signalling & Telecommunications with 0 Comments

A Suzhou signalling contract has been awarded this week for metro line 2 and the first LRVs for Suzhou’s light rail construction have been unveiled. China Electronics Technology Group Corp has placed a 15m euro order with Siemens to supply signalling equipment for the extension of Suzhou metro line 2. The extension is 15km long […]

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Freight

China to Europe rail service to go ahead

China to Europe rail service to go ahead

Written by on March 28, 2014 in Featured on App, Freight with 0 Comments

Rail freight forwarding services from China to Europe have been given the go ahead. Russia (RZD), Kazakhstan (KTZ) and Belarus (BC), the United Transport & Logistics Company Project Office (UTLC PO), and DHL Global Forwarding signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) this week. Steve Huang, CEO, DHL Global Forwarding China, who signed the MOU, said: […]

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African Railways- Project report

African Railways- Project report

A must have guide for anyone looking to access the African Rail industry Africa has allocated billions of dollars to various railway projects over the next decade, which will result in railway tracks throughout the region. The following market report has been compiled using data collected and a series of interviews with regional rail executives. […]

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High Speed Rail

Thai junta approves a high speed rail budget in a bid to link with China

Thai junta approves a high speed rail budget in a bid to link with China

Written by on July 30, 2014 in High speed rail with 0 Comments

Thailand’s military government, Thai junta, have approved a 741.46 billion baht ($23.3 billion) budget in an aim to upgrade the country’s railway system. This will include their high-speed links, of which they hope will eventually reach China. The plan, which will span over the course of 8 years, echoes that of a similar agenda initiated […]

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China leads the world in High Speed Rail, and at a cost which is one third lower

China leads the world in High Speed Rail, and at a cost which is one third lower

Written by on July 30, 2014 in High speed rail, Infrastructure with 0 Comments

A recent report has uncovered new statistics on China’s high-speed Rail. The paper, which was written by the World Bank, has taken a look in to China’s construction costs, and in doing so has announced that the country is not only leading the world in HSR but also doing this at a cost which is […]

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Ticketing & Payment

Top 8 ticketing opportunities in rail

Top 8 ticketing opportunities in rail

Transport ticketing has a huge growth potential in passenger rail.  Ahead of this year’s Rail Ticketing Europe event we’ve asked some of the world’s top rail executives about where they saw the biggest opportunities in transport ticketing for passenger rail, such as mobile, e-commerce and smart technology. Click here to view the e-book and find […]

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The future of contactless payments for rail in London

The future of contactless payments for rail in London

Mike Tuckett discussed TfL’s plans for the future of contactless payments for rail in London at Metro Rail 2014. Oyster has been a huge success and has enhanced the experience of TfL’s (Transport for London’s) customers in London. 68% of passengers rate their satisfaction with Oyster at 8 out of 10 or higher. Through increasing the […]

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Infrastructure

Cambodia signal the start of works to reinstate the cross-border railway with Thailand

Cambodia signal the start of works to reinstate the cross-border railway with Thailand

Written by on July 30, 2014 in Infrastructure with 0 Comments

A ceremony which has been labelled as ‘ground-breaking’ , was held at Poipet in Cambodia on Friday, and has marked the start of work to reinstate the cross-border railway to Thailand. Those that attended the ceremony, which included Cambodia’s Deputy Minister for Public works and Transport Guang Sun and Thailand’s Permanent Security for Transport Soithip […]

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Alstom and South Africa join forces in a project which has been labelled ‘the biggest in rail transport worldwide’

Alstom and South Africa join forces in a project which has been labelled ‘the biggest in rail transport worldwide’

Written by on July 23, 2014 in Infrastructure with 0 Comments

The French engineering company, Alstom, has announced a contract with Passenger Rail Agency Of South Africa, which will cost a total of 4 billion euros. In their statement, Alstom declared that this project is ‘one of the biggest in rail transport worldwide and is the largest contract ever signed in Alstom’s history.’ The contact will span […]

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Other Recent Posts

Train Personnel + Tablet App = Flytoget’s Success Story

Flytoget, the Norwegian high-speed airport rail link introduced their tablet app (iFlytoget) in a bid to increase the efficiency and safety of their operations. Their projective objectives were to: Increase customer and personnel security Create automation of core processes Create ease of access to crucial information Improve customer service Build an intuitive system with superb […]

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The high street continues its battle, whilst Network Rail thrives in retail profit

Network Rail may have been hitting the headlines recently for their failure to meet their performance targets within rail, but a different story can be told in their achievements with rail stations. Network Rail currently manages 19 of the biggest train stations in the UK. It has transformed spaces such as Kings Cross by slowly […]

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Rail unions present an ‘unarguable’ case in their losing bid on franchises

Rail unions have had to admit to losing a High court bid in their protest against Government creating franchising competitions, in a case which the judge, Mr Justice Cranston deemed ‘unarguable.’ Back in April, rail unions began their legal battle with the coalition government, suggesting that they were ‘rushing through’ the privatisation of the East […]

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