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Gerard Willemse, Squarell account manager for Europe, visited the 4th International Railway Summit in Paris, February 2017. He told us it was a remarkable event with in-depth discussions about the issues that face the rail industry. He met with many interesting visitors, experts and key players in the industry.

 

The summit provided Squarell with a peek into an old-fashioned industry that is now facing the challenges of modernization. The industry is further developing in all facets of its structure in an effort to grow and (sometimes) survive.

 

Squarell, in joint cooperation with the telematics service provider Traveltainer, were the only companies at the summit that presented a cost saving solution with the additional advantages of energy savings and CO2-reduction.

 

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Digitise or decay: the urgent need for technical agility

March 1 2017

International Railway Journal

THE rail industry is at a crossroads. On the one hand, the continuing increase in global population and the shift from rural areas to the cities is boosting demand for rail services, but on the other hand the unprecedented speed of technical development and the digital revolution threatens to leave rail behind if it is does not adapt and embrace change quickly enough.

 

These were two of the main messages to emerge from last month’s International Railway Summit staged in Paris by IRJ and our partner Irits Events in association with the International Union of Railways (UIC).

 

The UIC’s director general, Mr Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, set the scene for the conference by reminding delegates of the scale of the demographic and economic changes taking place. “The shift to the cities is the biggest migration in history, and 56% of world GDP will come from cities,” he said. The good news is that rail is the only mode which is able to move huge numbers of people simultaneously, while making a valuable contribution to sustainable mobility by helping to reduce the rapidly-worsening pollution in our major cities.

 

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Rift Valley Railways: Life after standard gauge

March 1 2017

International Railway Journal

Rift Valley Railways, which has the concession to operate and maintain Kenya’s 1918km metre-gauge network, wants Kenya Railways, the regulator, to take back control of the infrastructure and is seeking a new investor to put it on a sound financial footing. RVR’s new group CEO, Mr Isaiah Okoth, spoke to David Briginshaw at the International Railway Summit in Paris about his plans to revive RVR’s fortunes.

 

RIFT Valley Railways (RVR) has struggled to run Kenya’s metre-gauge network profitably since it was awarded a concession to operate and maintain the railway in 2005, while Kenya’s new standard-gauge railway (SGR), which parallels RVR between the port of Mombasa and the capital Nairobi, is due to open in June and become fully operational by the end of the year.

 

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Over three days, senior executives representing the world’s rail operators, infrastructure managers, rolling stock manufacturers, national and local governments and technical experts brainstormed on future solutions for a competitive railway transport system.

 

Shift2Rail (S2R) took part as the first and unique European Railway Research and Innovation Programme, contributing to the future agenda, through railway sector concrete innovative solutions co-funded by S2R through the H2020 Programme. Carlo Borghini, the Executive Director of the S2R JU, spoke at the International Railway Summit, powered by the International Railway Journal in Paris on 16 February 2017.

 

    “Innovation, through communication, automation, digitalisation hooking up on the fast developments on artificial intelligence is”, according to Carlo, “the necessary step the sector has to take to ensure user-centred mobility as a service, for passengers and freight; it should come together with the industry evolution towards a new business model underpinning its attractiveness and competitiveness”.

 

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Night trains: "ÖBB can do it, DB cannot

February 19 2017

APA (Austria Press Agency) - www.nachrichten.at

According to ÖBB long-distance transport manager Kurt Bauer, at the International Railway Summit (IRS) in Paris, ÖBB's night train business is performing better than expected. Passenger numbers are above the original projections.

 

The area has recently been expanded: by December 2016, the Austrian State Railways took over parts of the night train business of Deutsche Bahn (DB). The German party "Die Linke" was so outraged that even the Bundestag has discussed it

 

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ÖBB long-distance transport manager Bauer: Rail has to be more attractive

February 19 2017

APA (Austria Press Agency) - www.tt.com

Kurt Bauer says that train comfort can still be further improved: in new design models, the wagons should be similar to a living room.

 

According to Kurt Bauer, the head of the Austrian Federal Railways' (ÖBB) long-distance transport network is coming to terms with new competition. Passengers can now decide whether they want to use the train, self-propelled cars, travel services, over-the-counter, remote buses or other innovative transport systems. That is why the train will need to become even more attractive.

 

In urban agglomerations, the railway - also subway and rapid transit railway - is safe as a mass transit system, while in rural areas there is more competition. As a result of  new transport services, passengers will be given more and more options.

 

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London's Elizabeth line: railway project to be finished by the end of 2019

February 17 2017

APA (Austria Press Agency) - www.tt.com

For many troubled commuters, the traffic jams in and around London will soon be a thing of the past. The Crossrail railway project will form a new West-East link across the British metropolis and be completed in late 2019, explained Jeremy Long of the MTR Corporation at the 4th International Railway Summit (IRS) in Paris.

 

In operation, the railway would go by the name of "Elizabeth Line", a new name given by the British Government in honour of the queen. £15 billion (€17.65 billion) were agreed as an investment in urban mobility in 2007. The new line will lead from Reading in West London, with a detour to Heathrow airport across the city center and in the east to Brentwood and Shenfield.

 

The trains for the new Elizabeth line will be provided by Bombardier and ten new railway stations have been erected. As a result of the time savings for commuters and visitors, the British Government expects a positive effect on economic growth, said Mr Long. The MTR Corporation is a Hong Kong stock exchange listed company.

 

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Uber and autonomous vehicles? The railways do not feel threatened

February 17 2017

APA (Austria Press Agency) - www.tt.com

The new mobility trends are no threat to the railways, according to the conclusion of a discussion at the International Railway Summit (IRS) on Friday 17 February 2017 in Paris. Both Uber and autonomous vehicles on the road - cars or buses - can not compete with the railway as mass transport in conurbations, but would rather complement it, the experts say.

 

The backbone of the transport system is rail: in London, 79 per cent of people coming to work in the city are using the train, explained Gareth Powell of Transport for London. According to the forecasts, the British metropolis will continue to grow - with or without Brexit - nine new residents will arrive every hour. By 2030, almost 10 million people will live in the city.

 

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Westbahn boss criticises the foreclosed railway market in Austria

February 17 2017

APA (Austria Press Agency) - diepresse.com

Erich Forster, the head of the West's mostly private Westbahn, criticised the railway market in Austria as being foreclosed at the International Railway Summit in Paris. Although it had been a competitor to the ÖBB for some years with the Westbahn, the state had to rely on direct awards rather than tenders for services.

 

The Westbahn would like to participate further in regional traffic, but could not do so because of a lack of tenders. Thus, since the start of the operation, it has been essentially restricted to the Vienna-Salzburg route. According to Forster, Austria is one of the least open railways in Europe. He also expressed dissatisfaction with European policy: the liberalisation plans described in the White Paper of the EU Commission in 2011 were diluted in compromises by the Fourth Railway Package.

 

The Westbahn has been running since December 2011 between Vienna and Salzburg. The Haselsteiner Familienprivatstiftung owns 49.9 per cent, the Augusta Holding 32.7 per cent and the French SNCF 17.4 per cent.

 

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Uber and autonomous vehicles, a challenge for railway managers

February 17 2017

EFE (Spanish news agency) - www.finanzas.com

The challenge of competition from Uber and autonomous vehicles was one of the main issues discussed at the 4th International Railway Summit which ended today in Paris.

 

David Briginshaw, editor-in-chief of the International Railway Journal (IRJ), the industry reference publication and organiser of the summit with the company IRITS Events, told [Spanish news agency] Efe that Uber is taking an active role in the market by offering a new perspective on door to door transport services.

 

Mr Briginshaw indicated that autonomous vehicles suppose a loss of competitiveness for rail to the extent to which its passengers have an alternative method of travelling without having to be behind the wheel.

 

Briginshaw acknowledged that it is too early to assess how this will affect existing rail systems, but recalled that in its almost two centuries of history rail has resisted many "crashes" and technological innovations, such as the appearance of the motor vehicle.

 

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Future of the railway: driverless, digitally networked and urban

February 16 2017

APA (Austrian Press Agency) - https://science.apa.at

The participants in the 4th International Railway Summit (IRS), held on 16 and 17 February at the headquarters of the International Union of Railways (UIC) in Paris, are confident about the future of the railway as a means of transport which has already survived several industrial revolutions. "The railway is the backbone of an effective transport system," said UIC Director General Jean-Pierre Loubinoux.

 

Loubinoux expects a strong growth in the railway sector over the coming decades. According to the OECD, freight transport by rail will triple by 2050, more than doubling passenger transport by rail. The proportion of people living in cities will increase from 45 per cent to 60 per cent. The train as a mass transport will become more important in urban centres, Loubinoux was convinced.

 

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Great speaker line-up at next IRJ rail summit

December 23 2016

International Railway Journal

Rail leaders will be among the speakers at the next International Railway Summit being organised jointly by IRJ and IRITS Events in association with the International Union of Railways (UIC). The event will be held at the UIC headquarters in Paris on February 15-17 2017.

 

Mr Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, director general of the UIC, will be the opening speaker during the first session on February 16 on the future of rail together with Mr Guillaume Pepy, president of French National Railway (SNCF) and Mr Josef Doppelbauer, executive director of the EU Agency for Railways.

 

Mr Wick Moorman, president of Amtrak, will make a keynote presentation on the outlook for long-distance passenger rail in the United States.

 

The first afternoon sessions will consider whether regional passenger rail has a future and speakers will include...

 

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Rail must battle for its share of the digital pie

November 2016

International Railway Journal

The International Railway Summit reunion breakfast held on September 22 in Berlin produced a lively debate on digitisation and what the rail industry needs to do to realise the benefits on offer. Kevin Smith was in the audience.

 

Digitisation and the growing importance of internet-connected smart components and technology in future rail systems was the major theme and talking point of InnoTrans 2016.

 

Suppliers were understandably enthusiastic to demonstrate their latest innovations and solutions in fields ranging from rolling stock and infrastructure maintenance to passenger information and connectivity. Yet many questions remain over how the rail industry can effectively reap the potential cost and efficiency savings on offer.

 

 

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Doppelbauer: Rail must protect bandwidth

22 September 2016

International Railway Journal

IRJ at InnoTrans 2016: Growing demand from other modes and industries for internet-connected technologies requires urgent action from the rail industry to protect the bandwidth it has already secured and will require in the future, according to Mr Josef Doppelbauer, executive director of the European Union Agency for Railways.

 

Digital and smart technologies and how the industry utilises these to improve performance has been a major theme of InnoTrans 2016. However, Doppelbauer argued that the rail industry needs a coordinated and united approach to secure the level of radio coverage it requires.

 

“Digitisation is an opportunity but it is also a threat,” said Doppelbauer, who was speaking at the International Railway Summit reunion breakfast hosted by IRJ and IRITS in Berlin.

 

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International Railway Summit 2016: Connecting People and Ideas

19 April 2016

Benjamin Williams

When you think of a railway, what comes to mind? Is it hopping on a passenger train to a new destination or the morning commute? Is it a train passing by with loads of cargo and freight? Or perhaps you may picture an empty railway track, asking yourself if a train even goes down the tracks? Whichever image comes to mind, one thing is certain - the railway industry, while impacting our daily lives moving people and products around the globe, is one which is subject to many different perceptions, perspectives, and relevance.

 

This past February, I was fortunate to attend the International Railway Summit, held in Vienna, Austria.

 

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Rail needs a step change in performance

March 2016

International Railway Journal

Rail has huge potential for growth, but all too often it fails to realise this due to high costs, poor service quality which make it unattractive, or lack of marketing. Rail needs to address these deficiencies and make the most of its strengths, and it needs to do so quickly before autonomous driving road vehicles make life even harder.

 

These were some of the clear messages to emerge from the International Railway Summit staged by IRJ and IRITS in Vienna in February. Mr Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, director general of the International Union of Railways (UIC), wants rail to become the backbone of the transport

system, and highlighted the potential for rail up to 2030

where freight traffic could grow eight-fold and passenger

12-fold...

 

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Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, Director General of UIC, was invited by the International Railway Journal (IRJ) to open the International Railway Summit in Vienna. This conference brought together a number of speakers from the railway sector, including Josef Doppelbauer from ERA, Philippe Citroën from UNIFE, Alain Flausch from UITP, Andy Doherty, Chairman of ERRAC, and others, to examine the changes in the railway sector and its sustainable development.

 

The seminar, held not long after the COP21 conference – which highlighted the commitments of the railway sector towards the environment – enabled UIC to reiterate a number of strong messages and look at the rail sector’s contribution to socio-economic developments at global level.

 

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Warsaw OKs Two-Phase Metro Extension

23 February 2016

nextcity.org

The International Railway Journal reports that Warsaw Metro CEO Jerzy Lejk announced at the 2016 International Railway Summit that work will begin soon on the first of two expansions of the Metro’s east-west Line M2 in the sprawling capital of Poland.

 

Each of the two expansions will add stations to both ends of the line. This first one will add six stations total; three will be located in a 3.44-km eastern extension and the other three in a 3.14-km western extension. Lejk said a general contractor will be appointed for this project soon. Work should commence in June or July and take 38 months to complete.

 

The second expansion will consist of a 2.14-km, two-station extension on one end and a 3-km, three-station extension on the other.

 

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Doppelbauer outlines schedule for 4RP technical pillar

22 February 2016

International Railway Journal

IRJ at International Railway Summit 2016: EUROPEAN Railway Agency (ERA) executive director Dr Josef Doppelbauer says he is now "almost certain" that the technical pillar of the Fourth Railway Package will come into force on June 1.

 

Doppelbauer says that on February 4 the European Commission (EC) sent its official position on the technical pillar to the European Parliament and a vote in the European Parliament will take place in May. "The clock is now ticking," Doppelbauer says. "We have three months until the vote on this and if successful the regulations will come into force the following month."

 

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It's not a bird, it's not a plane, it's Hyperloop, a pod which travels at 1,200 km/h inside a steel tube, and which will make its first voyage in 2021. Five Spanish students have been involved in its design.

 

This revolutionary project is fresh from attracting much attention at International Railway Summit 2016, which is taking place this week in Vienna.

 

Knut Sauer, Vice President Business Development at Hyperloop Technologies  predicted that "travelling with Hyperloop will be accessible to everyone".

 

"It will be significantly cheaper than air travel within the same continent", Dr Sauer assured Efe in comments made in Vienna.

 

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Warsaw metro starts next expansion phase

19 February 2016

International Railway Journal

International Railway Summit 2016, Vienna: Mr Jerzy Lejk, CEO, of Warsaw Metro, announced that a general contractor will be appointed very soon to construct the first phase of planned extensions to Line M2.

 

The entire project involves building underground extensions at each end of the east-west line in two phases. The first phase comprises a 3.44km three-station extension at the eastern end and adding 3.14km three-station section in the west. Work will start in June or July and will take 38 months to complete.

 

The second phase will add a further 2.14km and two stations at one end and 3km and three stations at the other. Lejk says a design company will appointed soon with a view to awarding a construction contract in 2017.

 

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Supeo CEO and founder Troels Hannecke is set to deliver a keynote speech on the use of Big Data in the railway and transportation industry as the headline sponsor of the International Railway Summit (IRS) 2016, taking place on 17-19 February 2016 in Vienna, Austria.

 

The presentation is on the topic of Big Data and the importance of getting and having control over the data that an organisation generates. Data is generated constantly, and there is a lot to be gained by ensuring that it is collected, stored and utilised. This talk is going to deal in-depth with methods of doing that in a way that generates value to the organisation and how to improve data handling and analysis.

 

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Great line-up for IRJ’s Vienna conference

24 December 2015

International Railway Journal

IRJ has put together a great line-up of speakers for its International Railway Summit being staged in association with IRITS Events in Vienna on February 17-19 2016. The main theme of the event is the future of rail transport.

 

Mr Christian Kern, CEO of Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB), will be the guest speaker at the pre-conference dinner on February 17. This will be followed on February 18 by keynote presentations from Mr Alain Flausch, secretary general of the International Association of Public Transport (UITP), who will talk about the UITP's project to boost public transport usage in cities.

 

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New partnerships forged at International Railway Summit

April 2015

International Railway Journal

The more entrepreneurs we have in the market taking ownership will only enhance the technical pillar of the Fourth Railway Package." Mr Libor Lochman's, executive director of the Community of European Railways (CER), point in his address during the opening session of the International Railway Summit 2015 in Barcelona on February 19 was apt given the presence of delegates from various SMEs in the audience and the entrepreneurial spirit on display throughout the event.

 

Meetings held between buyers and suppliers over the two days gave these delegates the opportunity to present their latest technological innovations to prospective customers during 30-minute one-on-one sessions.

 

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London partner Matthew Smith recently attended the International Railway Summit 2015 in Barcelona. The International Railway Summit provides a meeting ground for senior decision makers from the world’s key rail operators, transport ministries and solution providers. Matthew had the opportunity to discuss the importance of risk assessment, project delivery structure, and risk allocation in rail contracts as a presenter at the conference.

 

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Impressive line-up for IRJ’s first conference

27 January 2015

International Railway Journal

Plans for International Railway Summit 2015, IRJ's first conference being staged in Barcelona next month in cooperation with IRITS, are now being finalised with an impressive line-up of senior figures from the railway industry agreeing to take part at the event.

 

The conference will open on February 19 with keynote presentations on two of the railway industry's most topical initiatives. Dr Libor Lochmann, executive director of the CER, will outline the implications of the European Union's fourth railway package while Mr Philippe Citröen, director general of Unife, will bring delegates up-to-date with the Shift2Rail research project. They will be joined in a panel discussion by Mr Chris Carr, head of the European Railway Agency's safety unit.

 

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Parla l’amministratore delegato di Agomir S.p.A., Mario Goretti, appena rientrato dall’evento

 

Barcellona - Il filo conduttore che lega importanti manifestazioni internazionali, come ad esempio Expo Ferroviaria di Torino (la vetrina italiana per le tecnologie, i prodotti e sistemi ferroviari) e IRITS di Barcellona (rassegna internazionale dedicata all’industria del trasporto su rotaia) passa attraverso la relazione tra innovazione ed efficienza, dove il tema della gestione della manutenzione assume il ruolo cruciale di incubatore di opportunità e fonte di un ritorno non solo economico, ma anche di qualità e prestazioni.

 

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IRJ and IRITS to co-host International Railway Summit

19 September 2014

International Railway Journal

International Railway Journal (IRJ) and International Rail Infrastructure and Technology Summit (IRITS) will jointly host a unique matchmaking event for rail professionals next year with the aim of bringing together the industry's buyers and suppliers to discuss the future of procurement and technology in the industry.

 

Under this partnership, IRJ's experienced team of journalists and correspondents will draw up the conference programme, which will highlight the most pressing issues facing the industry and provide an informative and interactive platform for debates on the future of the global rail industry.

 

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Can CBTC cope with complex rail networks?

4 February 2014

International Railway Journal

While nobody yet has devised a way to get to 50 trains/hour, and it is difficult to see how they would, London Underground is already achieving 30 trains/hour on the Jubilee Line and 33 trains/hour on the Victoria Line with CBTC. Speaking at the Irits summit in Berlin last November, Mr George McInulty, programme director for infrastructure with Transport for London, said with 10 to 15 more trains and “very aggressive dwell-time management” it would be possible to achieve 36 trains on the Jubilee Line.

 

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Can rail react fast enough to new challenges?

6 December 2013

International Railway Journal

The world’s richest economy is failing to invest sufficiently in its infrastructure. As Mr Brooks Bentz, managing director of Accenture, puts it, the United States is facing what he describes as a “perfect storm” in the next 25-30 years. “This may sound like a long time, but it isn't that long when you are investing in infrastructure,” he told delegates at the inaugural International Rail Infrastructure and Technology Summit (Irits) in Berlin last month.

 

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Lochman calls for more investment in rail

6 December 2013

International Railway Journal

Speaking at the first International Rail Infrastructure and Technology Summit in Berlin last month, Libor Lochman, executive director of the Community of European Railway and Infrastructure Companies (CER), set out his blueprint for the future of railways. David Briginshaw was at the event to hear what Lochman had to say.

 

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