The Stockholm City Line will double rail capacity in the city centre upon its opening in July. The 6km underground line will take suburban trains away from the congested double-track line where trains currently account for 60% of traffic. We talk to contractor Strukton Rail about delivering the project in a busy urban area. While in Canada, we scope the potential of Ontario’s GO Transit Regional Express Rail project, after agreed funding of $1.35bn.
Plus, we analyse the state of the positive train control implementation across the US, hear TopRail’s plans for rail tourism, take an in-depth look at Riga central station’s redevelopment in Latvia, and find out about UK freight’s timetable shakeup.
In this issue
Positive train control The 2015 deadline for implementing positive train control on the US rail network was extended to December 2018, giving railroad companies vital breathing space. Following a report suggesting that commuter rail is making good progress, we analyse the current state of affairs. Read the article
Canada’s regional express is a GO The Canadian Government is to fund up to $1.35bn for the GO Transit Regional Express Rail project in southern Ontario, in a scheme which will encompass new tracks, trains, stations and electrification of lines. We take a look. Read the article
Stockholm's double down on rail Stockholm City Line will double main line rail capacity through the centre of the city, easing up the congested double-track line between Stockholm Central and Stockholm South, where trains currently account for around 60% of traffic. We talk to Strukton Rail, contractor to find out. Read the article
The scenic route Can rail travel be re-discovered as a means of sustainable tourism? TopRail, a project by the International Union of Railways, is working to raise awareness of cruise and heritage railways, as well as train services across scenic routes around the world. We talk to TopRail about its action plan. Read the article
Changing times for UK freight UK freight is facing a massive overhaul, potentially freeing up 50% of timetable slots which were going unused. Following a two-year industry report, thousands of new passenger services could be available. How will this be achieved? Read the article
Rebuilding Riga for Rail Baltica Danish firm PLH and engineering partner Cowi have won an international competition to design the new Centrala station in Riga, as part of the Rail Baltica project. We find out what the redevelopment means for Latvia’s capital city. Read the article
In the next issue
A private group of investors has proposed a new $8bn freight rail line that bypasses Chicago as a solution to the city’s longstanding rail gridlock, which brings up to $799bn yearly losses to the US economy. But critics say the project will have a significant environmental impact on the thousands of acres of farmland in north-eastern Illinois. We look at how robust the proposal really is and analyse its potential pitfalls.
Plus, we find out how a Siemens-Bombardier merger could re-shape the entire rail industry, look into freight trains of the future with Germany’s new fast and automated designs, hear the reasons behind the reopening of a disused London station, ask how developers can limit the impact on communities of opening new lines, and take a look at the weird and wonderful world of the railway lost and found.
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