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Issue 4 2005



A lesson in co-operation

6 December 2005 | By Peter Davis, Transport Initiatives Co-ordinator, Bristol City Council

During the last four years, the cities of Aalborg, Bremen, Bristol, Kaunas and Nantes, supported by a total of 15 partners including public transport operators, transport organisations, utilities, academic institutions and consultants, have been working together on the European Commission supported VIVALDI project. The project forms part of the CIVITAS…


Stratford City Project: London’s new Olympic gateway to Europe

6 December 2005 | By Drew Hillier, Acting Editor

Hailed as the single most exciting regeneration project yet to be undertaken in the UK, the new metropolitan centre in Stratford, East London, represents one of the largest outline planning applications ever submitted in this country. Unquestionably, the key element of the impressively ambitious Stratford City Project is the building…


German eTicketing ready for implementation

6 December 2005 | By Dr.Till Ackermann, Economics and Tariff Manager, German association of transport companies and authorities and Head of VDV Core Application company, Cologne

Demands on interoperable standards for electronic fare management are at their highest in Germany,with its dense,multi-centred transport network. The transport companies and authorities organised in the Association of German Transport Undertakings (VDV) carry some 27 million passengers every day. The majority of customers travel in integrated public transport systems under…


Major advances in eTicketing

6 December 2005 | By ET

KreisVerkehr Schwäbisch Hall ready to pioneer a trailblazing system. The Kreisverkehr utility in the district of Schwäbisch Hall covers an area of approx. 190,000 inhabitants and a transport network more than 4,000 km in length.With a total of 1000 stations and train stops, the transport utilities deliver a transport performance…


A journey through ITSO

6 December 2005 | By Mike Eastham, General Manager and Head of Technology, ITSO and Peter Stoddart, Head of Marketing, ITSO

When looking back through previous ITSO articles in Intelligent Transport, I was struck by the number of times I have said “ITSO is coming”.The sentiment behind that was more a promise at that time, but now I can safely say “ITSO is coming” as a statement of fact. This article…


A vision of integration for Edinburgh

6 December 2005 | By Alex Macaulay, Projects Director, tie limited

In 2003, tie limited undertook a public consultation on the introduction of a light rapid transit system for City of Edinburgh Council.The consultation focused on routes for Tram Line One (North Edinburgh) and Tram Line Two (West), forming a network that is a core element of the Council’s vision for…


Urban transport: a view from the Americas

6 December 2005 | By William Spurr, President, North America, Bombardier Transportation

From Europe to Asia and the Americas, Bombardier Transportation is developing innovative approaches to urban transport that strive to improve mobility within urban areas, reduce congestion, and increase the quality of life for citizens. Following are some examples of Bombardier metro cars and light rail vehicles that are meeting the…


The case for ‘clean’ buses

6 December 2005 | By Maurice Perl, Group Director, Wright Bus

The threat of global warming together with growing congestion and pollution in European cities has now become a major, centre-stage issue of international concern.Today,many national Governments recognise the serious dangers for future generations if global temperatures continue rising at the present rate.Moreover, there is increasing pressure from the general public…


Value for money LRT in Turkey

6 December 2005 | By Ken McQueen, Director, Louis Berger

During the last ten years,Turkey has invested in two heavy rail metro systems, seven light rail systems, and two nostalgic or ‘tourist’ tramways.All of these systems are operating to capacity, each meeting the planned ridership forecasts,with the possible exception of the Istanbul Metro. Building a Metro is an expensive business…


A European partnership to improve safety

6 December 2005 | By C. (Kees) Both, Head TNO Centre for Fire Research, Coordinator of the EU project UPTUN ( and management team member of the VSH-lead L-surF project (, Prof. Dr. Dipl.-ing.Alfred Haack, Executive board member Stuva, former ITA president, chairman ITA Committee on operational safety of underground facilities, and Felix Amberg, CEO Hagerbach Test Gallery Ltd, Coordinator of the EU project L-surF

Mobility of people and reliable transport of goods are key issues in our society. Economic growth and societal development rely heavily upon safe and secure infrastructure, in which road, rail and metro tunnels and other covered infrastructure are important elements. In the aftermath of major disasters in Europe in the…


Considerations for interiors of urban public transport

6 December 2005 | By Robin E. Bronkhorst MSc, TNO

Comfort and emotion research models have a major role to play in implementing better urban public transport interiors, helping designers identify and confirm vital improvements.These models can also be implemented to optimise the driver’s cab for a better performance. Public transport companies looking to increase passenger traffic face a difficult…


Harnessing innovation to win new business

6 December 2005 | By Piers Marlow, Director – Northern Europe, Bob Holland, Director – Southern Europe and Kate Kollias, Marketing Communications Manager, Arriva plc

Arriva is one of the largest private sector providers of passenger transport in mainland Europe with operations in Denmark, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain and Sweden.Our mainland European businesses have some 6,000 vehicles operating an extensive range of services including buses, trains, commuter coaches, taxis,water buses and fully accessible…


Sunny side up

6 December 2005 | By Thomasz Slusarz, Project Manager, European Photovoltaic Industry Association

Throughout Europe, bus stops and shelters are increasingly being fitted with lighting to enhance security and safety on public transport.More and more suppliers are looking at alternatives to traditional grid connected electricity supply – with solar photovoltaic panels leading this expansion. Solar photovoltaic works by generating electricity directly from the…


UITP highlights lessons to be learnt

6 December 2005 | By James Abbott, Technical Editor

London played host to a major conference organised by the UITP in November, discussing the terrorist threat facing public transport systems. James Abbott reports. Suicide bomb attacks on the London Underground system in July 2005 underlined once again that public transport systems are a target for terrorists the world over…