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

Designed by Ferrari, and costing an estimated $50 million to make, will this Japanese train be the most luxurious yet?

Designed by Ferrari, and costing an estimated $50 million to make, will this Japanese train be the most luxurious yet?

Written by on July 14, 2014 in Passenger Rail/Experience with 0 Comments

Designed by Ken Okuyama, the man behind the luxurious sports car, Ferrari, and built by JR East the Cruise Train, this latest Japanese development will only feature 10 carriages, and 34 passenger vessels. The train will place a key focus on being  able to see the surrounding landscapes, and will consequently feature two observation areas, as well […]

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Will plans to have free, improved WiFi on trains encourage more people to travel by rail?

Will plans to have free, improved WiFi on trains encourage more people to travel by rail?

Written by on July 8, 2014 in Passenger Rail/Experience with 2 Comments

New proposals announced by the UK government have declared that £53 million will be used for fitting out new trains with WiFi equipment, to make a faster and better internet connection for travellers. The money will come from the fines which Network Rail are currently being faced with, for failing to meet punctuality targets set by […]

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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

George Osborne: HS3 high-speed rail link will help northern England ‘take on the world’

George Osborne: HS3 high-speed rail link will help northern England ‘take on the world’

Written by on June 24, 2014 in High speed rail with 0 Comments

Recent political focus has become very centered around London, and how concentration on its dominance has meant that the development in the rest of the country has been ‘neglected’.  In response to this, George Osborne has announced plans to create a further HS3 high-speed rail link which will connect Manchester and Leeds. By connecting the […]

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Guest Post: Will HS2 ruin the UK rail network?

Guest Post: Will HS2 ruin the UK rail network?

Written by on April 28, 2014 in Featured on App, High speed rail with 0 Comments

Will HS2 mean billions more rail funding for the UK rail network or the closure of many lines and stations? As the DfT must well know HS2 will be such a leach on the existing network that either billions more subsidy will be required or many cities and will lose rail services.  The figures do […]

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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

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

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

Written by on July 15, 2014 in Infrastructure with 0 Comments

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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Other Recent Posts

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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France face rail transformation, as Senate approves reform bill

New legislation to restructure the French railway industry passed the French Senate’s approval on Thursday, with 188 votes for and 150 against the bill. Recent train strikes in France had caused chaos throughout the country, costing millions and creating major traffic delays. Whilst rail strikes are not a rarity in France, this most recent protest […]

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India’s new rail minister declares; ‘the challenges of tomorrow cannot be met by the tools of yesterday’

The new rail minister for India, Sadananda Gowda, has announced his first railway budget for India today. Amongst many of the things he discussed, some of the key features looked upon will be his focus on how important it is for allowing foreign investment in, as well as more private participation which will allow the […]

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