Other Railway Press….The World at a Glance… 3rd February 2015




UK’s Network Rail to upgrade Ashford Bowdler level crossing
UK’s rail infrastructure operator Network Rail is set to upgrade the Ashford Bowdler level crossing in Shropshire in a bid to improve safety at level crossings.

Cityringen project makes tunnel breakthrough under Copenhagen Central Station
The Copenhagen Metro Team (CMT) has completed a segment of the tunnelling programme beneath Copenhagen Central Station (Copenhagen H) in Denmark, marking an important milestone in the Cityringen metro project.

Full-size mock-up of Ottawa’s future Alstom Citadis Spirit train unveiled
Canadian rail operator OC Transpo has unveiled a full-sized mock-up of Ottawa’s future Alstom Citadis Spirit light rail vehicle that will be used on the O-Train Confederation Line in the city.

Vossloh to deliver new EURO 4000 locomotives for France’s Europorte and VFLI
Vossloh España has received orders worth more than €40m from French railway operators for the delivery of 12 units of the EURO 4000 locomotives.


Alstom selected by RATP to supply new trains for Paris metro(Eurotransport Magazine)

£4.5 million funding boost for Dudley’s light-rail innovation(Eurotransport Magazine)

PKP Cargo to take stake in Pol-Miedź Trans – Railway Gazette

National Express selected for Nürnberg S-Bahn operating contract – Railway Gazette

Addis Ababa light rail test running begins – Railway Gazette

Hangzhou opens third metro line – Railway Gazette

Mexico High speed project cancelled as economy worsens – Railway Gazette


From CTAA:

  • Why Can’t Public Transit Be Free?
    Source: The Atlantic
    About 500 subway riders in Stockholm have an ingenious scheme to avoid paying fares. The group calls itself Planka.nu (rough translation: “dodge the fare now”), and they’ve banded together because getting caught free-riding comes with a steep $120 penalty. Here’s how it works: Each member pays about $12 in monthly dues – which beats paying for a $35 weekly pass – and the resulting pool of cash more than covers any fines members incur. Perhaps the cost of public transportation shouldn’t be looked at from an angle of reducing traffic and emissions. Sure, that’s a noble question, but those turnstile-hopping Swedes might have a point. Maybe free public transit should be thought of not as a behavioral instrument, but as a right; poorer citizens have just as much of a privilege to get around conveniently as wealthier ones. If the debate shifted from means-to-an-end thinking to pure egalitarianism, the hope of free public transit might actually be realized.


  • More Women Ride Mass Transit Than Men. Shouldn’t Transit Agencies Be Catering to Them?
    Source: CityLab
    The majority of the people who use public transit in the United States are women. They account for 55 percent of overall ridership across the country, according to a 2007 survey from the American Public Transportation Association. In some places, the proportion of women riders is even higher. Marketers of many, many consumer products focus on women – quite naturally, because women are the ones doing most of the buying for families. Imagine if more transit systems in the U.S. started doing the same. The result would no doubt be transit systems that would be better for, and more attractive to, everyone.
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Undeterred by the furore over HS2, the UK Government unveiled plans in October for a high-speed rail link in the north of England, dubbed HS3, which aims to improve rail links across the Pennines. With critics already questioning the necessity and economic viability of such a project, we investigate the proposal and ask whether it will survive the upcoming general election.

We also take a look at a proposed cross-border link between the US and Mexico which could spark new interest in high-speed rail in the region and explore China’s many investments and contracts for the development of rail infrastructure across Africa.

Moreover, we ask Cisco what it hopes to achieve with its Connected Transport Challenge for SMEs developing systems that could improve the passenger experience at stations, investigate how the UK’s skyrocketing rail fares can be brought down to more reasonable levels and speak to Cranfield University about its world-first MSc in safety and accident investigation and training a future generation of rail accident investigators.
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