In this week’s International Rail News Roundup we take a look at Turkey’s €13 billion investment in its future railway plans, explore Network Rail’s plans to grow it’s training scheme, hear about RENFE’s introduction of passenger wi-fi, explore how London’s Crossrail 2 will be influenced by its passengers, and see the dangerous side of taking a selfie that Network Rail are now facing. This week’s video of the week we rewind time to the 1930s to see the construction of a steam engine…
Training: Network Rail announces substantial increase in engineering graduate places in 2016 (Rail Staff)
This week Network Rail announced that in 2016 they plan add an additional 40% more engineering placements to its Graduate programme. Placements will also be created for the business side of the rail company. Mark Carne, chief executive of Network Rail, has argued that his hope for the plan is that it will attract a diverse group of young professionals into the industry and who can help revolutionise the rail network.
Rail Projects: Consultation launched over Crossrail 2 design (Global Rail News)
In 2020 construction is due to begin on Crossrail 2, a project which Mayor of London, Borris Johnsons argues “will be a vital new transport link that will significantly improve capacity on the rail network into and out of London.” In order to provide the best service to its potential passengers TfL has announced the launch of a public consultation on the project to determine public opinion on station locations and service patterns.
Passenger Wifi: RENFE prepares for wi-fi roll-out (Railway Gazette)
On the 26th October, Spanish National rail operator, RENFE announced its plans to introduce passenger wi-fi. Development Minister Ana Pastor has announced that in its first stages 89 highspeed trains and 20 suburban stations are to be installed with internet by partner Telefónica. It is hoped that the satellite connection accommodate over 400 users at one time and once the first phase has been carried out and considered a success bidding for the next phase will begin in 2017.
Rolling Stock: Turkish rail receives further boost with €13bn investment announced (SmartRail World)
A further indicator of major rail development in Eurasia arrived last week with the announcement by Turkey’s Interim Science, Industry and Technology Minister, Fikri Işık that €13 Billion is to be invested into the purchasing of new tram cars and metro vehicles. The report indicates that Minister Işık sees these investments as a big step towards the completion of Turkey’s ambitious plans for the expansion and modernisation of its rail and metro systems due to be finished in 2023.
Rail Safety: Network Rail warns people against taking photos on railway tracks (Railway Technology)
The selfie phenomenon is now taking its toll on Network Rail as they have this week had to warn against the growing number of people taking photos on railway tracks. Network Rail operations risk adviser Martin Brown warned: "Level crossings in rural, picturesque settings such as Matlock may look like good opportunities for a photo but the railway is not a playground.” It is clear that Network Rail and the UK transport police are concerned about what will happen when one of these selfies goes wrong.
Rail Video Of The Week: Building the Steam Engine of the Princess Royal
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