While other countries still debate high-speed rail, it is already reality in China. But have recent corruption allegations and growing concerns about the safety of the high-speed rail network cast a shadow that could prevent future progress of the projects? Elisabeth Fischer reports.
A shake-up of the railway industry makes it increasingly difficult for suppliers to stay on top of future trends. Elisabeth Fischer speaks to Nicholas Kay, manager of the new Siemens Rail Innovation Centre of Competence, about how to stay ahead of the game.
Digital technologies like smartphones and RFID are transforming railways, but how quickly are stations catching on? Frances Cook spoke to the University of Technology in Sydney to find out how a new project to integrate digital technology with station architecture at Sydney’s Central Station is transforming ticketing, information and safety.
Europorte in France has signed a contract with Belgian company Railnova to fit GPS beacons in all its locomotives, starting from next month, in order to improve traffic efficiency, enhance safety and optimise resource management. Railnova will fit the locomotives with a rail movement moni
The US has proposed changes to the Federal Railroad Administration’s (FRA) rule regarding the installation of positive train control (PTC) systems that will give railroads greater flexibility in assessing the need for PTC on certain lines. The amendments will provide flexibility to railr
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Eurostar, the high-speed passenger service linking the UK and Europe, has launched a free mobile application to allow passengers to book journeys on the go and receive tickets directly to their mobile phones. The bookings will enable passengers to have a ticket on their mobile phone with
The Russian Government has approved an ambitious plan to build a 65 mile-long undersea rail tunnel under the Bering Strait to connect Russia and the US at a cost of $100bn. The Bering Strait high-speed rail tunnel was first proposed in 2007, and could connect the far east of Russia wit
As technology improves, more cities are opting for fully automated and driverless metro systems. Elisabeth Fischer finds out how removing the element of human error can help an industry keen on enhancing safety and customer service.
Built to service 5.4 million people, the tunnels that form the Bangalore metro are earthshaking to say the least. Jon Young attended the launch of India’s first earth drilling slurry TBM to find out more about the drilling of Bangalore’s new metro network.
When London opens its arms, train platforms and carriages to the millions of spectators for the Olympics, will it be ready? Liam Stoker catches up with the capital’s transport plans and potential problems that could derail the proposed gold medal services.