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Issue 1 2006



Security in urban transport

31 March 2006 | By Marjeta Jager, Director of Security, European Commission

Urban transport is used by millions of passengers every day in big cities. It has a tremendous importance for both the lives of our citizens and the economy and will be crucial in the coming years for reducing congestion, matching mobility needs as well as reducing energy consumption and emissions.…


MVV’s preparations for the World Cup 2006

31 March 2006 | By Dr Markus Haller, Ph.D., MVV GmbH, Authorised Signatory, Head of Conception Department, Head of MVV Consulting

After the World Cup of 1974, the time has finally come again: just a few more months and Germany will host its second FIFA World Cup. Under the slogan ‘Germany 2006: A time to make friends’, countless football fans from all over the world are expected to visit the twelve…


BVG’s preparations for the World Cup 2006

31 March 2006 | By Andreas Sturmowski, Chairman of the Management Board of the Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe (BVG)

As many as 5 million visitors could descend upon Berlin to watch the World Cup. It is the responsibility of transport operator BVG to ensure that everything runs smoothly. The Football World Cup in Germany will consist of 64 matches played by teams from around the world. Berlin is one…


London Underground: a resilient network

31 March 2006 | By Kevin Clack, Security Development Manager, London Underground

The Tube is the backbone of London’s transport network and carries over three million passengers per day, on more than 500 trains at peak times. It travels through 275 stations along hundreds of miles of tracks and tunnels. The terrorist attacks on July 7, 2005 and subsequent events were unprecedented…


Controlling access to metros

31 March 2006 | By James Abbott, Technical Editor

Public transport authorities responsible for metros and other rail and bus systems are increasingly using access control systems to regulate access to their premises. Recent security alerts on European metros have served to emphasise the benefits of systems that regulate access to stations and trains. Increased security awareness provides a…


The Copenhagen Metro

31 March 2006 | By Torben Johansen, Technical Director, Orestad Development Corporation

The Copenhagen Metro is one of the most modern systems in the world. The metro’s latest development is an extension to the airport, which will open in 2007. There are also future plans for a city ‘Circle Line’, which would be one of the biggest construction projects modern Copenhagen has…


A modern system for Modena

31 March 2006 | By ET

Having already successfully adopted one of the first magnetic-based automatic fare collection systems in Italy, operator ATCM is not content to rest on its laurels. The company is about to start using an advanced fare collection and revenue management system using the latest smart card technology. Christian Shelton reports. In…


On the right track for the Olympics

31 March 2006 | By Rob Niven, DLR Development Project Manager, Docklands Light Railway

From humble beginnings, Docklands Light Railway has become the UK rail industry’s most prominent success story and will play a key role in the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games Docklands Light Railway (DLR) opened in 1987 as a modest £77 million railway to serve the earliest development sites in the…


Integrated ticketing for Ireland

31 March 2006 | By John Churcher, Integrated Ticketing System’s team, Railway Procurement Agency (RPA)

The RPA believes that the Integrated Ticketing System will completely change the way that the general public views public transport across Ireland. It will have such a profound impact that it will be hard to imagine travelling without smart cards. In 2002, I was invited to review the business case…


Fire safety measures for road and rail tunnels

31 March 2006 | By Martin Shipp, Head, BRE Centre for Fire Safety in Transport

A wide range of factors need to be considered when it comes to preventing tunnel fires. From tunnel design to actual fire fighting – every element could prove critical in saving lives. In recent years tunnel fires have been in the news, reflecting, or stimulating, public concern. This public concern…


Considerations in financing

31 March 2006 | By Jeremy Gardner, Director, Faber Maunsell

The way in which a new urban mass transit system is financed can be a crucial factor in deciding whether it is actually built or not. Recently a number of proposed schemes have failed due to disputes over funding – despite the many advantages they seemed to offer. Good public…


The Midland Metro expansion project

31 March 2006 | By Peter Adams, Assistant Director Metro Implementation, Centro

Light rail in the UK has suffered a number of blows in recent months with funding and support for the Merseytram and the South Hampshire Rapid Transport System being withdrawn by the Department for Transport. However, transport bosses in the West Midlands are still confident that their proposals to expand…


The future for mobile A/C systems

31 March 2006 | By ET

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jürgen Köhler from the Institut für Thermodynamik, based at the Technical University Braunschweig, Germany, answers Christian Shelton’s questions about the issues surrounding the use of fluorinated greenhouse gases in mobile air-conditioning systems.


The COST 349 project

31 March 2006 | By Donald Macdonald, Head of Bus and Coach Policy and Engineering Standards, Department for Transport, Mobility and Inclusion Department

It is important for transport operators to consider the accessibility of coaches and long distance buses for people with reduced mobility. The first question for many is what is COST and what is its purpose. COST, the acronym for CO-operation in the field of Science and Technical research is the…