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Risk Analysis for Road Tunnels – Light at the end of the tunnel?

9 August 2007 | By Bernhard Kohl MSc, Head of ILF branch office, ILF Consulting Engineers

Since 1999, road tunnel safety has become a subject of growing interest in the public as well as among tunnel specialists. This is largely because of different incidents that have led to an increased risk awareness. The recent catastrophes in the Mont Blanc tunnel, the Tauern tunnel, and Gotthard tunnel…

Fastrack project update

9 August 2007 | By David George, Fastrack Project Manager, Kent Thameside Delivery Board

The first stage of the Fastrack new bus rapid transit system, launched in March 2006, has already had a huge impact on the travel patterns of local residents already living in north Kent. Now a new route has been launched, this time with the focus on influencing the travel behaviour…

Security on the Athens Metro

9 August 2007 | By Dimosthenis Giannisopoulos, Chief Security Officer, Athens Metro

Preparing the Athens Metro for the Olympic Games 2004 in Athens was a multi-faceted project. As the Chief Security Officer, I was called upon to not only produce a security plan, but also to evaluate the situation in regards to what was necessary in terms of training and equipment required.…

Spain embraces the Bombardier FLEXITY design

9 August 2007 | By Diego Diaz, Director Marketing & Business Development Light Rail Vehicles, Bombardier Transportation

The introduction of a new transportation system into the urban environment provides the opportunity to re-define the role of public transport beyond that of pure function. Public transport can contribute to an enhanced lifestyle and commuting experience, improved local economy, more efficient use of resources and an optimisation of urban…

Greater Manchester’s light rail revolution

9 August 2007 | By Jeff Done, GMPTE’s Metrolink Team Leader

Greater Manchester’s Metrolink network has become one of the most successful light rail schemes in the UK since it began operating in 1992. Passengers now make around 55,000 journeys on the service every day; that’s nearly 20 million each year. There are three Metrolink lines which run from Manchester to…

Inter-modal Real-time Passenger Information and Managed Transfer Availability in Public Transport

9 August 2007 | By Stefan Gemperli, International Sales Manager, Siemens VDO Automotive AG (Schweiz)

To make local and regional public transport more attractive, passenger information is one of the critical success factors. Unlike dynamic real-time passenger information at stops, inter-modal in-vehicle dynamic passenger information that includes information on available transfers at next stops is still an exception. Based on the VDV-453 real-time interface, Siemens…

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…