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Issue 3 2008



Climate change – the strongest reason in history to develop public transport services

30 June 2008 | By Anu Vehviläinen, Minister of Transport and Communications of Finland

Global climate change – a threat to entire mankind – calls for drastic changes in our behaviour and goal-setting. The transport sector’s responsibility for climate change, and the related measures, best describes the future transport policy of Finland. In March 2008, the Finnish Government presented a report to parliament to…


Underground operations of the Copenhagen Metro

30 June 2008 | By Torben Johansen, Technical Director, Metroselskabet I/S

This article gives an introduction to the Copenhagen City Metro and a brief overview of both running and planned extension projects. The Copenhagen Metro has two lines which run from suburban Vanløse to Vestamager and the Airport, both situated on the island of Amager. The first two parts opened in…


Denmark’s national smartcard takes shape

30 June 2008 | By James Abbott, Technical Editor

In an interview with Intelligent Transport’s Technical Editor, James Abbott, Hans Holmgren, Technical Director of Rejsekort A/S, explains the current status of the smartcard project and how it will be implemented to streamline passenger journeys in Denmark. Denmark’s new national public transport smartcard, the Rejsekort, is due to enter pilot…


Achieving win-win solutions for public transport in Norway

30 June 2008 | By Liv Signe Navarsete, Minister for Transport and Communications, Norway

With an area of 323,000km2 and a population of approximately 4.7 million people, Norway has the lowest population density in Europe, after Iceland. Having 3,700km of coastline and fjords cutting inland up to 204km, transport in Norway is a challenge. There are 92,000km of roads and highways and 75% of…


On the road to public transport

30 June 2008 | By Guro Berge, Per Frøyland and Trine Hagen, Senior Advisors, Norwegian Public Roads Administration (NPRA)

The Norwegian Public Roads Administration (NPRA) has an overall responsibility for ensuring that the road and transport sector develops in line with national transport policy goals. This sector responsibility does not release other authorities from their responsibilities, but means that NPRA shall act as a prime mover and coordinator in…


Significant advantages for commuters, businesses and communities

30 June 2008 | By Noel Dempsey T.D., Minister for Transport

In Ireland, we have recognised the critical importance of transport infrastructure in promoting economic development, and a greater quality of life and standard of living, for the years ahead. That is why we are involved in the most extensive period of investment in our transport network than at any time…


Improved access for all on-board Dublin buses

30 June 2008 | By Joe Meagher, Chief Executive, Dublin Bus

Under the Irish Government’s Transport 21 Investment Programme, bus services will be central to providing a reliable and efficient transport service for the people of Dublin. Each year, Dublin Bus carries close to 150 million people across the Greater Dublin Area (GDA) and with the help of Transport 21, the…


Using ITS to support intermodality and multimodality

30 June 2008 | By Martin Arndt, Technical Officer, ETSI TC ITS

ETSI, the world-renowned Standards Development Organisation (SDO) produces global standards for fixed, mobile, radio, converged, broadcast and Internet technologies, and in 2007 created the Technical Committee “TC ITS” dedicated to supporting the transport sector through Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS). ITS comprises service groups and service domains resulting in the provision…


Improving access and reducing emissions in Europe’s cities

30 June 2008 | By Chris Humphrey, Project Manager of CURACAO & Principle Consultant of Transport & Travel Research Ltd

The unsustainable levels of congestion and pollution affecting Europe’s cities are being tackled by a range of measures, including charging road users to drive into town centres during peak hours. In this article Dr. Chris Humphrey gives an update on progress with the CURACAO project, which seeks to share research…


Tunnel safety – do we behave in the right manner?

30 June 2008 | By Bernhard Kohl, Head of Linz Branch, Austria, ILF Consulting Engineers

Four years have passed since the European Directive 2004/54/EC on minimum safety requirements for tunnels in the Trans-European road network became effective in 2004. In almost all EU member states, the EU Directive considerably changed the legislative background of road tunnel safety as well as the relevant national technical guidelines.…