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Issue 3 2012



Large investments in public transport in the Copenhagen area

25 June 2012 | By Henrik Dam Kristensen, Minister for Transport, Denmark

If you have recently visited Copenhagen, you will have noticed it has a large number of on-going construction sites. Significant investments made in various public transport projects over the last couple of years has meant that many roads have been closed and there have been temporary changes in public transport…


Bybanen Bergen light rail: Some important lessons learned when planning a new light-rail system

25 June 2012 | By Thomas J. Potter, Senior Transportation Engineer, Norconsult AS

Bergen is Norway’s second largest city with a regional population of 350,000. In March 2000, and after more than 10 years of heated political and public discussion, a decision was made to build the city a new light-rail system. In 2006, the Norwegian Parliament approved the innovative financing package based…


Act brings Denmark’s first lightrail a step closer

25 June 2012 | By Ole Sørensen, Head of the Light Rail Secretariat and Project Manager, Midttrafik

Construction of the initial phase of Denmark’s first light-rail network has now progressed from the planning to the construction phase, as the Danish Government recently passed the Aarhus Light Rail Act. Work towards the building of a light-rail network in the Aarhus area began in 2007 when eight local authorities,…


Interview Spotlight: Martin Giles, MD, Lloyd’s Register’s UK rail buisness

25 June 2012 | By Craig Waters, Editor, Intelligent Transport

Craig Waters, Editor of Eurotrasnport, speaks to Martin Giles, Managing Director of Lloyd's Register's UK rail business... Lloyd’s Register has recently been appointed as the ISA for the new light-rail project in Aarhus. What exactly will Lloyd’s Register’s responsibility be for this role? First of all, from a Lloyd’s Register…


On track to operate a world-class metro in Stockholm

25 June 2012 | By Peter Viinapuu, CEO, MTR Stockholm

Operating on 108km of track, over three lines, and serving 100 stations, the underground metro network in Stockholm is far more than a mode of transport; it’s an absolutely critical piece of the puzzle that makes the city work. In a special interview for Intelligent Transport, Peter Viinapuu, CEO of…


Financing urban and intercity transport in the North

25 June 2012 | By Stefan Fridriksson, Senior Manager, Lending Department, Nordic Investment Bank

Cities and large urban areas usually allocate large proportions of their budgets to fund the construction of the vital transport infrastructure, often in combination with borrowing. Funding infrastructure and public transport projects through the budget requires balanced, economic and ecological long-term planning, including factors such as availability and utilising land…


TfL’s ultimate test during the 2012 Games

25 June 2012 | By Peter Hendy, CBE, London’s Transport Commissioner

This summer, the world’s spotlight will settle on London with the staging of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. In the biggest event the capital has ever seen, tens of thousands of the world’s greatest athletes will arrive in one of its finest cities to put their sporting ability…


Metro automation: A leap ahead

25 June 2012 | By Miryam Hernández, Metro Division Manager, UITP

The UITP Observatory of Automated Metros held its 3rd Seminar in Paris in March 2012, where it presented its 2011 Atlas of automated metros – a detailed overview of the metro automation landscape and an analysis of future trends. This article presents a selection of the Atlas data, as well…


Research to make tramway, metro and mainline operations more reliable and cost effective

25 June 2012 | By Nicolas Furio, Infrastructure & Electrification Manager and PM ‘n’ IDEA Coordinator, UNIFE

Predictive Maintenance employing Non-intrusive Inspection & Data Analysis (PM ‘n’ IDEA1) is a jointly funded European research project focused on developing innovative inspection and maintenance technologies for railway track infrastructure. It is a three-year project that began in June 2009 with a budget of approximately €5 million. Sixteen partners are…