Metro and Urban

Everything you need to know about New Tube for London

Everything you need to know about New Tube for London

Written by on April 10, 2014 in Featured on App, Metro and Urban with 0 Comments

The New Tube for London scheme is coming. Here’s what we know so far. Today’s fixed infrastructure constraints date from the original line construction, dating back to 1906. Circular bored tunnels are 3.5m in diameter, tunnel linings are made out of cast iron, platform lengths and depths accommodate to older trains and fewer passengers and […]

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Honolulu rail project finally off the ground

Honolulu rail project finally off the ground

Written by on April 4, 2014 in Featured on App, Metro and Urban with 1 Comment

The Honolulu rail project has been in planning for 40 years. It has been planned in the form of a bus system and numerous other rail systems with political opposition standing in the way of any conception at all. But now the project is moving ahead and Dan Grabauskas talked us through it. Here’s some […]

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Investment

China Railways 2014 rail budget raised to $116bn

China Railways 2014 rail budget raised to $116bn

Written by on April 11, 2014 in Featured on App, Investment with 0 Comments

China Railways 2014 rail budget has been raised to $US 116 billion. China Railways Corp announced the increase to Yuan 720bn which is 20bn more than planned. The news comes after we discussed China Railways Group plan to dominate despite building debt in January. However, according to a report in People’s Daily, China Railways Corp […]

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How to drive train efficiency

How to drive train efficiency

Written by on April 7, 2014 in Featured on App, Investment with 3 Comments

How do you drive train efficiency? I sat down with experts from Siemens, Bombardier, TFL, Copenhagen Metro and other operators to discuss how to improve efficiency in trains. Energy saving technology is a long term investment and operators have to consider how it will be valued. Most of the focus seems to be on contracts […]

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Passenger Rail/Experience

First round the world rail ticket due in 2015

First round the world rail ticket due in 2015

Written by on April 16, 2014 in Featured on App, Passenger Rail/Experience with 0 Comments

What would you pay for a round the world rail ticket? Most operators are struggling to cross lines let alone borders when it comes to rail tickets. But as you might guess, this is a special case. Great Rail Journeys is offering rail tickets for a 53 day journey across the globe. The journey is […]

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Watch: CTA train derails at Chicago O’Hare Airport

Watch: CTA train derails at Chicago O’Hare Airport

Written by on March 27, 2014 in Featured on App, Passenger Rail/Experience with 0 Comments

CCTV footage has emerged showing how a CTA train derails in Chicago this week. The driver of the train was asleep at the controls of a commuter train that derailed through the barrier and halfway up an escalator. The incident occured at Chicago O’Hare International Airport. Thankfully it was at 2.52am on a Monday when […]

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Signalling

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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What are the major Challenges in Signalling Technology to enable driver-less systems?

What are the major Challenges in Signalling Technology to enable driver-less systems?

Written by on March 13, 2014 in Featured on App, Signalling & Telecommunications with 0 Comments

What are the major Challenges in Signalling Technology to enable driver-less systems? Ansaldo asked this very questions at last MetroRail Congress. This year we will be taking a closer look at automation and driver-less systems with the CEOs of Honolulu, Copenhagen and RATP (Paris). Download this presentation by Francesco Di Maio, Senior Vice President, Transportation […]

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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

Guest Blog: HS2 – Open Access or Nationalise?

Guest Blog: HS2 – Open Access or Nationalise?

Written by on April 10, 2014 in Featured on App, High speed rail with 1 Comment

When it comes to HS2, should we allow open access or nationlise? If UK rail is to prosper and not need huge subsidy after HS2 begins operating, millions of new inter-city passengers will be needed. From being the leader in passenger rail liberalisation the UK has become, if not the most backward, the most dysfunctional. […]

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Guest blog: Rail Planning – Integrating and operating HS2

Guest blog: Rail Planning – Integrating and operating HS2

Written by on March 20, 2014 in Featured on App, High speed rail with 0 Comments

It is good that the RDG (Railway Development Group) has highlighted the need to start serious discussions as to what needs to be done if HS2 is to be of real and lasting benefit to the UK. As the Economic Case attempts to recognise by its methodology building HS2 is about the future of UK […]

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Ticketing & Payment

UK rail subsidy falls and passengers foot the bill

UK rail subsidy falls and passengers foot the bill

UK rail subsidy has fallen this year and it’s passengers that will be footing the bill.  The Office of Rail Regulation has released figures showing that between 2012 and 2013, fare income rose by 3.6% to £7.7bn – however, the government’s contribution fell by 4.2% to £4bn. That’s just over 30% of total income. The figures […]

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5 big ticketing system failures in the last 10 years

5 big ticketing system failures in the last 10 years

— Ticketing system failures can mean joy for passengers who might be in with a free journey. But they’re a nightmare for rail operators and more often than not, they are for passengers too. Sometimes systems are shelved before they’ve been implemented like Railteam‘s European common booking system back in 2009. However, last year CEOs […]

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Infrastructure

An Insight into Middle East Rail Projects

An Insight into Middle East Rail Projects

Written by on April 15, 2014 in Infrastructure, Reports with 0 Comments

At a very exciting time for the Middle East rail industry we had over 3000 rail professionals join us at Middle East   Rail 2014 to make it our most successful show yet and the first in a 3 year partnership with the NTA and Ministry of Public Works. The conference saw 40 speakers from the region’s […]

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Why can’t rail work with smart cities?

Why can’t rail work with smart cities?

Written by on April 7, 2014 in Featured on App, Infrastructure with 0 Comments

Why can’t rail work with smart cities? I sat in on a roundtable hosted by MTA New York at Metro Rail last week that raised a lot of interesting questions… How do you connect the city with urban transportation? Is it that rail isn’t smart enough? Either way, rail needs to less secluded when cities […]

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Other Recent Posts

Crossrail extended to Reading

Western branch of Crossrail extended to Reading from Maidenhead. TfL and DfT announced yesterday that the Crossrail route will now be extended out to Reading. It was previously thought that Crossrail services continuing from London Paddington would terminate at Heathrow Airport, West Drayton or Maidenhead. Connections to Reading will now not need to interchange at […]

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Why the West Japan Railway train crashed

In 2005 a West Japan Railway commuter train crashed in the city of Amagasaki. The BBC have a documentary on the crash that looks into what happens when punctuality, protocol and efficiency are taken to the extreme. The crash resulted in 107 deaths because the driver was trying to make up for an 80 second delay. Why […]

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Key features of East Coast franchise tender

The invitation to tender for the East Coast franchise is now open. 5 months ago it came to light that Eurostar would be bidding for the East Coast franchise tender along with French firm, Keolis. This is the first time Eurostar have bid for UK domestic rail franchises. Other shortlisted bidders include East Coast Trains (First Group) […]

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