Winter Operations supplement
Posted: 24 October 2014 | Christer Olsson, Gabriel Haller, Ollipekka Heikkilä
In our latest-free-to-view Winter Operations Supplement, industry experts from Gothenburg and Helsinki cover details of how transport operators prepare their networks and vehicles for continuous operations during the harsh winter months…
- Gothenburg’s public transport system is well-prepared for the winter months
Västtrafik – the Swedish City of Gothenburg’s transport administration company – is well-prepared for countering the problems that can arise in public transport during the cities harsh winter months. In an interview for Intelligent Transport, Christer Olsson, Head of Tram Operations at Västtrafik; Susanne Hilmersson, Västtrafik’s Winter Coordinator; and Anna-Karin Odinger, Process Manager at Västtrafik’s Customer Service Centre, speak about how the city’s focus is on safety, accessibility, reliability and availability, as well as a functional system for informing riders of disturbances.
- Making trams fit for the winter
Safe and reliable operation of trams under all weather conditions is an essential prerequisite for enhancing the attractiveness and acceptance of public urban transport. This is especially true for the low temperatures and ice and snow conditions prevailing in the winter months which can cause problems and malfunctions of certain components and lead to delays or service interruptions. This is not only extremely inconvenient for passengers but also expensive for public transport operators. Exclusively for Intelligent Transport, Gabriel Haller – Technical Director and Executive Manager of Rail Tec Arsenal – explains the importance of climatic wind tunnel testing on public transport vehicles and how the tests can save time and money on identifying problems before vehicles go into service.
- Helsinki’s new tram design and dealing with winter conditions
When preparations for the procurement of new trams for Helsinki began in the middle of the last decade, the standards were set high. The tram had to be affordable to use, whilst also being a pleasant way to travel. In addition, the new tram had to have a larger capacity, even though its length or width should remain pretty much the same. The city transport operator – HKL – also had to take on board the highly challenging climate conditions experienced in Helsinki – especially the extreme winter weather – when designing the tram. Ollipekka Heikkilä – HKL’s Head of Development, provides further details about the tram’s overall design.
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