Passengers crammed onto carriages and platforms are a common sight on metros all over the world during peak commuting hours. But can the rush hour be beaten with optimised services and innovative station design? We look at some of the world’s busiest local networks to find out.

We also investigate if Network Rail‘s plan to invest £37.5bn to develop the UK’s railway infrastructure and improve service over the next five years will be enough to make up for rising fares, and examine the recent corruption allegations and safety concerns casting a shadow over China’s high-speed rail network. Moreover, we find out how rail networks are affected by heavy rains and floods and look at the processes behind reopening lines and resuming services after severe adverse weather conditions.

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In this issue

Beating the Rush Hour
Tackling overcrowding is a top priority for most metro network operators. London Underground‘s director of capital programmes, David Waboso explains the importance of boosting capacity on one of the world’s busiest metros to keep up with demand.
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Case Study: Hangzhou Metro, Zhejiang, China
Hangzhou, the capital city of Zhejiang Province is China’s tenth most populated city. To avoid traffic congestion and provide an alternative transport link, the Chinese Government is constructing a rapid transit system in the city.
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A Fare Deal?
Network Rail has announced a five-year investment plan, which includes putting 355,000 more trains in service and an additional 225 million passengers a year. Mike Hewitson, of consumer watchdog Passenger Focus, about why passengers face inflation-busting fare rises until 2015.
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China’s High-Speed Rail Revolution
While other countries still debate high-speed rail, it is already a reality in China but there are growing concerns about the safety of the high-speed rail network.
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Adverse Weather
Freak weather events have brought flooding and caused chaos on rail services in recent months. With such events on the rise how can a nation’s rail network be protected?
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Bombardier Innovia APM 300 Germany
INNOVIA APM 300 is a new-generation automatic people mover specially designed for flexible operation in both urban and airport transportation.
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Next issue preview

Russia has hinged a great deal of its economic ambition on the construction of a huge rail network. In the next issue we find out how investment in rail infrastructure and the opening up of new transport links to Western Europe could have a massive impact in the country’s economic and political future.

We also explore innovative financing for an extension of London Underground’s Northern Line, which is set to be agreed, compare the findings of two recent UK passenger satisfaction surveys, and find out how more stringent ticketing policies and the widespread roll-out of new technology are used to combat fare dodging in Europe.

Moreover, we profile the Radical Train Project which seeks futuristic rolling stock concepts, and take a look at new and eco-friendly train fuels like natural gas and hydrogen fuel cells.

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