Metro and Urban

Watch an interview with Terry Morgan, Chairman at Crossrail

Crossrail project – who doesn’t want to know more about it? In this interview at MetroRail, Terry Morgan, Chairman at Crossrail, talks about the Crossrail project, the scale of it, the challenges and the solutions, the next steps and things he’s most proud of. Watch the video for a full insight into the biggest construction […]

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25 most innovative urban rail projects currently in development

25 most innovative urban rail projects currently in development

As part of the MetroRail Europe Congress we have the pleasure of showcasing some of the most innovative and exciting urban rail projects currently in development. We are bringing them together to share knowledge and expertise to help develop these complex and costly projects as successfully as possible. This gave us a great opportunity to […]

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Investment

How to deliver the largest transit expansion in history

How to deliver the largest transit expansion in history

Transit expansion is a huge step and if anyone knows a thing or two about delivering the largest transit expansion in history of their region then it’s certainly Metrolinx. Bruce McCuaig, President & CEO of Metrolinx shared some insights last year at MetroRail about how they are planning to deliver the largest transit expansion in […]

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From planes to trains: Former Kenya Airlines CEO, Titus Naikuni, plans to take control of Rift Valley Railways’

From planes to trains: Former Kenya Airlines CEO, Titus Naikuni, plans to take control of Rift Valley Railways’

Written by on August 20, 2014 in Investment with 1 Comment

After retiring from Kenya Airlines, Titus Naikuni , has already set his sights on his next role; chairman of Rift Valley Railways’ board of directors, which will take place in November. Nine years ago, Rift Valley Railways’ (RVR)  were given a 25-year concession to operate the 2,350 kilometre line from the Port of Mombasa in […]

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Passenger Rail/Experience

Widespread protests as UK rail fares plan to increase by 3.5% in 2015

Widespread protests as UK rail fares plan to increase by 3.5% in 2015

Written by on August 20, 2014 in Passenger Rail/Experience with 0 Comments

‘Cut Rail Fares Not Rail Staff’ – These are the words currently being echoed throughout the United Kingdom, as anger over another rise in rail fares sparks demonstrations all over the UK. It has been announced that in January 2015, rail fares will rise by 3.5%, whilst some will go beyond that, increasing by as […]

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Network Rail launch ‘Britain’s first battery-powered train’

Network Rail launch ‘Britain’s first battery-powered train’

Written by on August 13, 2014 in Passenger Rail/Experience with 2 Comments

In an attempt to create a service which is not only more efficient, but also better for the environment, Network Rail are currently trialling Britain’s first battery-powered train. Trains currently operate by using electricity drawn from overhead power lines, but Network Rail have instead retrofitted six lithium iron magnesium battery rafts across the train, which […]

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Signalling

SJ AB introduce TrAppen (The Traffic App) amongst drivers and on-board staff

SJ AB introduce TrAppen (The Traffic App) amongst drivers and on-board staff

SJ AB, the largest train operator in Sweden, introduced TrAppen (The Traffic App) to their drivers and on-board staff. SJ AB have recognised the growing demand for efficiency within their operations. As a result of this, the train operator have implemented a modern and effective technological system for their staff which is accessible via smartphones […]

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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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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

California’s High Speed Rail receives approval for 114-mile expansion

California’s High Speed Rail receives approval for 114-mile expansion

Written by on August 13, 2014 in High speed rail with 0 Comments

At the Surface Transportation Board on Tuesday, Federal officials approved the request to construct a 114-mile section from Fresno to Bakersfield. The new line expansion will be the second part of  the Californian high-speed rail project, the first of which runs 500 miles from San Francisco to the Los Angeles basin. ARCADIS, a leading global design […]

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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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Ticketing & Payment

Top 10 Ticketing Innovations: Present and Future

Top 10 Ticketing Innovations: Present and Future

Europe’s passenger rail market is seeing a huge growth in competition, and as a result, ticketing innovations are reaching new heights. We’ve put together an E-Book of some of the top innovations that are changing the way customers are able to purchase their tickets. Rail users currently have busier lifestyles than ever before and convenience […]

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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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Infrastructure

Turkey: High-speed rail increases the demand on train stations

Turkey: High-speed rail increases the demand on train stations

Written by on August 20, 2014 in Infrastructure with 0 Comments

Turkey have recently launched a high-speed rail link between Istanbul and Ankara, which has halved the normal seven hour journey time. This construction marks the first steps in transforming the Turkish rail industry. Turkish Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, declared that big changes will transform the Turkish transport system: ‘We made a promise. We worked […]

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London Infrastructure Plan 2050: ‘The demand on the Underground and rail is likely to go up by 60 and 80 per cent respectively.’

London Infrastructure Plan 2050: ‘The demand on the Underground and rail is likely to go up by 60 and 80 per cent respectively.’

Written by on August 4, 2014 in Infrastructure with 0 Comments

London Mayor, Boris Johnson, has released the ‘London Infrastructure Plan 2050‘ which has highlighted the need to expand our current transport system in a desperate bid to meet an ever increasing population. The report stresses the importance of looking into London’s population growth, and what this will mean in terms of demand on infrastructure; ‘our […]

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Other Recent Posts

Top 10 Energy Efficient Projects in Rail

We’ve counted down the top 10 energy efficient projects in rail which have been implemented in a bid to combat rising energy prices and EU targets to reduce CO2 emissions. It’s no secret that transport is one of the biggest contributors towards pollution and with railway being an essential means of transportation, it is vital […]

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French National Railways report a 74% drop in net profit

French National Railways (SNCF) have recently reported a 74 per cent drop in net profit to €224m for the first half of 2014 compared with a net profit of €865m for the first half of 2013. Recent French rail strikes have seemingly been the biggest contributed in the SNCF’s loss of profit. SNCF’s president Mr Guillaume […]

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

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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