It’s almost time for the weekend! So, why not take some time to catch up with all the latest stories from the week in this week’s International Rail News Round Up? This week we take a moment to celebrate and find out more about the winners of the SmartRail Europe Innovation Awards. Find out more about Manila’s metro line ground-breaking ceremony, and learn how Perkin’s School for the Blind are developing an app to help the blind easily locate their through the “last 30-feet”. We also take a look at the FRA’s attempt to implement better railroad crossing safety and see how the EU are planning to increase completion across its passenger rail lines. In our Rail Video of the Week we step into London’s Holborn station to see how they are experimenting with passenger movement through the station.
Rail Innovation: Winners of the SmartRail Europe Innovation Awards 2016 Announced (SmartRail World)
On Tuesday at SmartRail Europe, the votes were counted and the winners of the inaugural SmartRail Europe Innovation Awards 2016 were announced. The announcement followed a three month long, continent-wide search for the most innovative new products and solutions for rail and metro in Europe. Cubic Transportation Systems (CTS) and Abellio won the Product of the Year Award with their world first ‘video ticket office’ NextAgent™ at Stansted Airport (UK). And Project of the Year 2016 was secured by Virgin Trains for their innovative customer information screens at Euston Station in London.
Passenger: School plans app to help blind riders locate bus stops (The Transit Wire)
At the beginning of this week, Perkins School for the blind announced that they wanted to solve the issues of the “last 30-feet.” Their solution, creating a mobile app that will help blind passengers navigate their way right up to the bus stop, as well as other very specific locations. These last few feet can often be a challenge and if successful the app can be used to help the blind navigate their way, within a canes length or less, onto all types of transport.
Rail Projects: Manila metro Line 7 breaks ground (Railway Gazette)
In the Philippines this week ground was broken on the Metro Line 7 in Manila. Costing 69.3 billion Pesos, the 22.8km of line is due to open in 2020. The line will serve 14 stations and is expected to carry 350,000 passengers daily. The project developed by San Miguel Holdings, a subsidiary of Universal LRT Corp under a PPP concession, awarded a contract earlier in the year to Hyundai Rotem to supply signalling, communications and power supplies, as well as 36 three-car trainsets.
Rail Business: Increased European domestic passenger rail competition a step closer (International Rail Journal)
Early this week, the European Parliament and the Dutch presidency of the Council of the European Union (EU) came to an informal agreement which hopes to increase competition in domestic passenger rail transport and ensure a level playing field for all operators. The agreement hopes to safeguard existing operators and aims to increase the levels of understanding train operators and infrastructure managers and will make competitive tendering the norm across the EU.
Rail Safety: FRA Releases List of Railroad Crossings with Most Incidents over Last Decade (Mass Transit)
Following the letters recently sent by the FRA to US state Department of Transport secretaries, encouraging them to increase cooperation and safety measures for railroad crossings, a list of some of the most problematic crossings has been released. The list compiled by the FRA includes the details of 15 crossings, where in the last decade 10 or more incidents have occurred. U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx spoke about the list arguing that “Preventing incidents and fatalities at railroad crossings is one of the Department’s top priorities, and I urge states to work with FRA to achieve this life-saving goal.”
Rail Video of the Week: Standing On the Right AND Left of Holborn's Escalators
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