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The future of rail freight in Europe

The 3rd European Rail Freight Day, co-organised by the European Commission and RailNetEurope (RNE), took place 9 December in Vienna. The Rail Freight Day, which was attended by over 200 participants, provided a fruitful exchange between stakeholders and the Commission on operational issues and interoperability for rail freight, focusing on a customer-oriented development of the Rail Freight Corridors. Matthew Baldwin, the Deputy Director-General for DG MOVE, kicked-off the event by …

Transdev chooses IVU.rail software

Transdev Sverige is to use IVU.rail software for service planning across all its Swedish rail operations from December.

IVU.rail can be used to develop efficient timetables and rolling stock diagrams, offering automatic suggestions and incorporating configurable planning rules which take into account service intervals, track and depot capacity and fleet availability. Controllers receive information about the current operating situation, enabling them to react swiftly to disruption.

High-Level Advisory Group offers plan to advance sustainable transport

A UN high-level advisory group offers a ten-point plan to advance sustainable transport. Greater investment in greener, more sustainable transport systems is  essential for propelling the economic and social development that is essential for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, according to an expert panel report delivered to UN Secretary-General Ban Kimoon on 28 October.

 Finding that global, national and local transport systems are hobbled by inefficiencies and

Austria – Slovenia rail link to be redoubled

Slovenia’s Ministry of Infrastructure and Austria’s Ministry of Transport,  Innovation & Technology signed an agreement on October 20 for a €192m modernisation and redoubling of the Graz – Maribor line in 2017-21.

This is intended to increase capacity from 63 to 84 trains/ day, and reduce the journey time from 70 to 45 min. The Graz – Maribor route forms part of the historic Südbahn main line from Wien to Trieste, …

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