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March 22, 2016

Future Rail: Issue 36

In this issue: railway development in Nigeria, the Helsinki-Tallinn rail tunnel plan, rolling stock procurement in Europe, the state of rail safety in the US, tackling emissions at stations and more.

By Susanne Hauner

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The decline of Nigerian railways has hampered the socio-economic development in Africa’s most populous country, but now a proposed law to open the network to private investment is hoped to create a much needed public transport system. We find out more about the potential of new infrastructure developments in the country.

We also explore the proposal for a rail tunnel between Helsinki and Tallinn, review the latest report on safety improvements on US railroads, and ask whether rolling stock procurement in Europe could see a shift from public to private funding as governments struggle with dwindling budgets.

Plus, we investigate how London’s mayoral candidates plan to de-tangle London’s much criticised fare system, take a look at new findings on train emissions in the UK and learn why the country’s major infrastructure projects will have a lasting impact on the workforce in rail and related industries.

In this issue

Nigeria: Privatisation for Prosperity?The decline of Nigerian railways has hampered socio-economic development in Africa’s most populous country. Now a proposed law to open the network to private investment is hoped to create a much needed public transport system, as Eva Grey finds out.Read the article.

Europe’s Missing LinkPlans for a rail tunnel between Helsinki and Tallinn accelerated after the Estonian and Finnish ministers signed a memorandum of understanding. Eva Grey asks what the tunnel offers these two Nordic countries.Read the article.

Fare’s Fair?As London’s mayoral election approaches, the debate over the capital’s ever-rising transport fares has picked up steam. Gary Peters explores a range of proposals on the table and asks how they would be funded.Read the article.

Liberalising the European MarketRecent analysis has found that across Europe, governments still finance around 88% of railway rolling stock procurement. Gary Peters ask if a new era of non-state investment could be on the cards.Read the article.

On the Right TrackThe Association of American Railroads’ latest State of the Industry report touts technology and safety improvements across the country’s railways. Jerome Greer Chandler finds out what has been achieved so far.Read the article.

The Big StinkPeak time emissions from diesel trains at London’s Paddington station far exceed European recommendations, a new study has found. Eva Grey asks how legislation and technology can work together to improve the rail sector’s environmental performance.Read the article.

A Platform for GrowthThe massive infrastructure programmes underway could provide a platform for employment growth for decades to come, writes Neil Wilkie, group head of marketing, training and IT at specialist rail recruitment company Fusion People.Read the article.

Keeping the Personal TouchDigital technologies are revolutionising how passengers experience rail transport, but when it comes to customer service, there’s still no substitute for a friendly face, writes Sarah Baxter, account director at Interserve.Read the article.

Next issue

A new rail link between Addis Ababa and Djibouti city is expected to bring relief to drought-stricken Ethiopia and provide better access to trade routes. We take a look at the project and its potential for the country’s development.

In the wake of Amtrak signing up to the International Union of Railways’ Climate Responsibility Pledge, we find out how the US can achieve a modal shift to rail to help reduce emissions from road and air transport.

Also in this issue, we explore Transport for London’s plan to take control of the capital’s entire suburban rail network, take a look at the potential of account-based ticketing and find out how rail operators are improving safety and efficiency on commuter networks by influencing passenger behaviour.

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