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Your Last International Rail News Roundup (13th May 2016)

Posted by Sarah Wright on May 13, 2016

National_College_for_High_Speed_Rail___Department_of_Transport.jpgHello Friday! The time has come to say goodbye to our International Rail News Round Up as we are launching a super exciting new Friday feature - "5 minutes with…"  next week. This will be a weekly interview, giving you a more personal insight into the industry’s leading figures (if you wish to sugggest a interviewee contact us!). In our final week we catch up with the latest high-speed rail news to see how Caltrain have received additional funding, we head to Sweden to learn more about Strukton Rail’s contract with Trafikverket and we explore the efforts being made by rail operators to recycle. Looking toward the future we hear about Apple’s investment in Uber’s rival in China, and we learn more about the UK’s next high-speed rail training academy. Echoing our goodbye, this week’s Rail Video of the Week looks at the transition from steam trains to electrification. We hope you enjoy this final edition of the International Rail News Roundup and we look forward to welcoming you back next week for 5 minutes with…!

Training: Ground broken on high-speed rail college sites (Global Rail News)

In the UK the ground has been broken on two sites for the new National College for High Speed Rail, on will be in Birmingham and the other in Doncaster. With hopes of educating the next generation of rail engineers and specialists, the school is due to open in September 2017. Chair of the corporate board for the National College for High Speed Rail, Terry Morgan, has said: “The college will have a major and hugely positive impact on the ability of the rail industry to develop a multi-skilled specialist British workforce… It will be a catalyst for growth in both Doncaster and Birmingham that will bring new investment into the area and provide highly skilled jobs for local people.”

Sustainability: Recycling: are rail companies really doing enough? (SmartRail World)

Sustainability and going green are regular features in stories about rail, and rightfully so. You don’t have to look to hard to find rail operators proudly promoting the fact that they have reduced their emissions, cut down on waste when carrying out upgrades, or are helping to protect the wildlife around the tracks. Rail’s smaller carbon footprint when compared to road to transport is also increasingly being utilised in marketing by operators. However, something is missing here, what efforts are they making to recycle the waste left on their trains? I think we are all familiar with boarding or leaving a train strewn with newspapers, coffee cups, sandwich packets and other waste. The lack of information and clarity on this all too visible problem led SmartRail World to find out what is really happening and to asking some of the leading operators in the UK how they are tackling the issue.

5 minutes with…

Next week we will bring you the very first 5 minutes with… This fun, fast-paced feature will help you get to know more about the industry’s leading and most influential figures. Hear more about their ideas and experiences and join us each Friday for a great new interview.

Want to take part? Email sarah.wright@globaltransportforum.com to find out more.

 

High-Speed Rail: California rail operator Caltrain gets additional funding for modernisation programme (Railway Technology)

Early this week, California commuter rail operator Caltrain received an additional $211m investment into their modernisation programme. The announcement was made following a seven-party agreement made by the agency's board of directors. With this approval the operator will be able to start awarding contracts. Jim Hartnett, executive director of Caltrain, spoke of the project arguing that it “offers unique economic, environmental and mobility benefits to the region and it is a key link in a high-speed rail network that will transform the way we think about transportation in California." It is hoped the project will be completed in 2020.

Rail Maintenance: Strukton awarded Stockholm track maintenance contracts (Railway Gazette)

On Wednesday Trafikverket awarded Strukton Rail contracts to carry out preventive and corrective maintenance of their tracks through Stockholm. The five year contract will also include upgrades to the electrical and signalling systems, as well as works on the new Citybanan tunnel link due to open in 2017.

Transport Business: Apple invests in Chinese Uber rival Didi Chuxing (BBC News)

As ridesharing apps continue to come to the forefront of transportation, Apple announces that it has invested $1 billion in China’s Didi Chuxing. Claiming to have an 87% share of the Chinese market the app is far more successful than its US rival, Uber which has been trying to break into the Chinese market. Chief Executive of Apple, Tim Cook, has argued that the investment will help Apple better understand the Chinese market. A smart move as China is Apple’s second largest market.

Rail Video of the Week: Goodbye to Steam Aka Railway Modernisation (1958)

 

5 minutes with…

Next week we will bring you the very first 5 minutes with… This fun, fast-paced feature will help you get to know more about the industry’s leading and most influential figures. Hear more about their ideas and experiences and join us each Friday for a great new interview.

Want to take part? Email sarah.wright@globaltransportforum.com to find out more.

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Sarah Wright

Written by Sarah Wright

Post studying for a Masters in History at the University of Essex and taking time out to travel Europe and South East Asia, Sarah came into the world of events and marketing. She has been putting her communication skills and creativity to good use here with us since.

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