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Issue 2 2010



Safeguarding vital investment

11 May 2010 | By Kulveer Ranger, Mayor of London's Transport Advisor

Since the dawn of the industrial revolution, the development of industry to support a thriving economy has been wedded to the need to build infrastructure that can enable people to move and to transport goods. Transport projects are crucial to the future of our cities, countries, and continent, and as…


Creating a new bus for 21st century London

11 May 2010 | By Mike Weston, Operations Director of London Buses, Transport for London (TfL)

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, made a manifesto commitment to introduce a new bus catering for the needs and tastes of 21st century London. The new bus will draw some inspiration from the iconic Routemaster, including an open platform at the back. The design will also make use of…


The Stratford International extension: Building for the future

11 May 2010 | By Jonathan Fox, Director, Docklands Light Railway Limited

Transport for London's Docklands Light Railway (DLR) is in the final stage of construction of its newest extension, northwards from London's Canning Town station to Stratford International, the new High Speed 1 station, which is situated in what will be the heart of the Olympic Park. For Intelligent Transport, DLR…


On track for delivering a world class underground network

11 May 2010 | By Keith Sibley, Stations Delivery Manager, Tube Lines

Over the last seven years the London Underground has been undergoing a major transformation to improve its performance, safety and reliability, thereby improving journeys for millions of passengers. One of the largest capital infrastructure projects in the world, Tube Lines is helping to deliver that vision through a 30 year…


ITSO: The vision for smart and integrated ticketing

11 May 2010 | By Michael Leach, ITSO

In December 2009, the UK Department for Transport (DfT) published its strategy for smart and integrated ticketing and in doing so clearly stated an aspiration to revolutionise public transport ticketing and to create a seamless transport experience for the end user. ITSO is at the heart of this vision, through…


Championing the case for automated metros

11 May 2010 | By Miryam Hernández, Junior Manager - Metro Activities, International Association for Public Transport (UITP)

Forty years after the implementation of the first pioneering systems, there are now over 500km of automated lines in operation, distributed among 57 lines in 43 cities and 13 airports. Although the U.S. championed the concept with the development of small-scale systems serving university communities, airports and parks, the use…


The growing importance of the TETRA standard

11 May 2010 | By Phil Kidner, CEO, TETRA Association

Today, TETRA is the most widely used open standard in its field, with recent industry figures showing that the technology has been implemented in some 114 countries around the world. TETRA's major strength is the provision of highly resilient, functionally-rich mission-critical voice and data for public safety, public transportation (including…


The expansion of Prague’s Metro Line A

11 May 2010 | By Josef Stehlík, Strategy Department, Prague Public Transit Co. Inc.

Prague, the capital city of the Czech Republic, is a large urban area with a population of almost 1.25 million living in an area of 496km2. Prague is also the centre of the Region of Central Bohemia, which has an area of approximately 11,000km2 and a population of an additional…


CCTV surveillance in focus for transport security

11 May 2010 | By Pauline Norstrom, Chairman of the British Security Industry Association's CCTV Section

In today's testing global environment, the requirement for robust security measures on public transport across Europe with millions of passengers carried daily has never been greater. Crucially, those responsible for ensuring the smooth running of this critical service have to contend with a broad range of challenges, whether that is…