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Issue 3 2007



Public transport in Poland

13 June 2007 | By Jerzy Polaczek, Minister of Transport, Poland

As a result of the political changes in Poland after 1990, public transport was taken over by the municipal authorities. Town authorities in Poland have been given control over the property and are entitled to run public transport services. The State authorities, however, when leaving public transport, did not provide…


Renovating the M2 metro line

13 June 2007 | By László Somodi – Director for Transport, Budapest Transport Limited; Andor Szonntag – Director for Metro Operations, Budapest Transport Limited and József Pandula – DBR Project Manager, Budapest Transport Limited

The article published in Intelligent Transport in 2005 (Comprehensive renovation of the Budapest M2 metro line) presented the east-west metro line, the justification of renovation, the road from the resolution to the decision, the technical contents of renovation in a professional breakdown and the work completed until 2005. This article…


DLR goes from strength to strength

13 June 2007 | By Jonathan Fox, Director, Docklands Light Railway Limited

Docklands Light Railway (DLR) has enjoyed a hugely successful 12 months, recently carrying 60 million passengers for the first time in its 20-year history. The railway, part of Transport for London (TfL), is also undergoing a comprehensive programme of extensions and enhancements to meet demand and link to further areas…


Brussels public transport is on the move

13 June 2007 | By ET

Just like in every city, it is becoming more and more of a challenge to adapt public transport to the needs of modern society. An increasingly efficient and effective service for a larger number of passengers is a challenge faced by many public transport companies. And Brussels is no exception.…


30 years of safe and secure metro operation in Vienna: Successful strategies and future developments

13 June 2007 | By Karl Bergner, Head of Metro Operations, Wiener Linien and Thomas Kritzer, Metro Operations Department, Wiener Linien

Modern public transport in a large city is expected to keep transit times short, but it is also expected to give potential customers a feeling of comfort, safety and security. These factors play a major role in city dwellers’ choice of transport modes. Thirty years of successful metro service with…


TFL’s advertising estate

13 June 2007 | By Nigel Marson, Director of Marketing, Transport for London

Transport for London (TfL) is currently engaged in an ambitious programme to modernise and improve London’s vast transport system. By 2010 more than £10bn will be spent on refurbishing, modernising and in some cases extending the transport network. The vision of this programme is to not only provide a fast,…


New trains help Metronet set track renewal record

13 June 2007 | By Clive Maxwell, Metronet contract manager, new engineers train fleet

Metronet’s track renewal programme, which exceeded its annual asset management plan (AAMP) for ballasted track replacements, will be further boosted with the introduction of the first rail and sleeper delivery train (RSDT). Being used for the first time on the London Underground network Tube Lines’ innovative RSDT is similar to…


The uses of data from Smartcard systems for public transport management

13 June 2007 | By Peter White and Mousumi Bagchi, Transport Studies Group, University of Westminster

The growing provision of smartcard systems has been documented in recent articles in this journal – for example the development of ITSO-compatible systems, and of contactless cards, in issue 2 of 2007. Examples such as ‘Oyster’ in London and ’Octopus’ in Hong Kong are well-known and now account for high…


The new Citea city bus

13 June 2007 | By Rémi Henkemans, Managing Director, VDL Bus & Coach

One of the highlights of this year’s UITP World Congress and Exhibition was the launch of VDL’s new Citea flat-floor city bus. The bus is the first model in VDL’s new generation of public transport buses. The Citea will replace VDL Bus & Coach’s SB 250 Jonckheer and the Diplomat…


Driving forward bus services in Sheffield

13 June 2007 | By David Brown, Passenger Services Director, South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive

The first few months of 2007 have been exciting and dynamic for South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE) in terms of improving bus services in Sheffield. This year two ground-breaking agreements have been put in place, both aimed at growing bus patronage within the sub-region. In January history was made…


The European Investment Bank’s role in financing sustainable urban transport

13 June 2007 | By Mario Aymerich, Deputy Head of Division Urban Transport & Development, EIB Projects Directorate

Since 2000, the European Investment Bank has lent over EUR 17 billion for investment in urban transport projects, mostly for schemes located within the European Union Member States. Established nearly 50 years ago, EIB is the EU’s bank for financing projects that promote the Union’s economic and social policies. Currently,…


When is a PCN not a PCN?

13 June 2007 | By Patrick Troy, Head of Traffic Enforcement, Transport for London

Currently in the UK a Penalty Charge Notice’s validity depends on who is issuing it and how it is issued, according to a recent ruling at the High Court. If one of our camera enforcement officers observes a motorist stopping illegally on a red route, he or she will issue…


The CDGVAL at Paris – Charles de Gaulle airport

13 June 2007 | By ET

CDGVAL, Paris – Charles de Gaulle airport’s new fully-automatic on-site metro transit system, was inaugurated on 3 April 2007. With a top speed of 70km/h, it links terminal CDG 1 with terminal CDG 2 (at the SNCF railway station) in only eight minutes via car park PR, terminal 3/Roissypole and…


Analysis of transport of dangerous goods through tunnels

13 June 2007 | By J.E. Nieuwenhuis M.Sc, ARCADIS Infra BV, Amersfoort, Netherlands

Both ADR and RID regulations enable the competent authorities responsible to restrict the transport of dangerous goods through tunnels. However, account should be taken of the tunnel characteristics, and a risk assessment including the availability and suitability of alternative routes and modes and traffic management should be conducted. ARCADIS has…


Ticketing of the future

13 June 2007 | By ET

In 2005 Finnish company Fara Oy (formerly Buscom Oy) developed a new mobile solution that enabled public transport users to load serial and period cards to their mobile. When entering a vehicle the mobile is shown to a card validator in the same way as smart cards are and the…