From China by rail – first train heads for UK
The first direct UK bound train from China left Yiwu on January 1 and is scheduled to arrive at the Barking international rail freight terminal in London on January 18. Continue reading From China by rail – first train heads for UK
Should train operators take control of the tracks?
The dust is still settling from last week’s government call for greater integration between Network Rail and the train operators. Details remain scant but more will be known when a green paper ‘Rail Vision’ is published next spring. Continue reading Should train operators take control of the tracks?
Thinking big, Swiss style
When it comes to mega-construction projects they don’t come any bigger than the Gotthard Base Tunnel. Superlatives run out in describing the longest, deepest and one of the costliest rail tunnels ever built, which opened on June 1st. Continue reading Thinking big, Swiss style
Some public sectors are more equal than others
Any notion that the latest version of the EU’s Fourth Railway package might somewhat mitigate the current prohibition of UK public sector bodies from operating rail services has been firmly scotched. Continue reading Some public sectors are more equal than others
New EC rules to access European rail infrastructure
The European Commission has introduced new rules to give independent train providers better and fairer access to rail infrastructure within the EU. They take effect on 1 December 2016. Continue reading New EC rules to access European rail infrastructure
End of the line for high-speed rail?
When the California high speed rail project got the go-ahead in 2012 some of the whizz-kids in Silicon Valley were horrified. They said the 220mph scheme linking Los Angeles with San Francisco would be slowest bullet train in the world and have the highest cost per mile. Continue reading End of the line for high-speed rail?