On 26 February the first hydrogen train arrived in the Netherlands. The Dutch rail infrastructure manager ProRail led the train into the country from Germany via Oldenzaal and then ran it on track to its provisional parking facility in Leeuwarden.
In Q1 of 2019, rail passenger journeys grew 2.4% compared to the same period in 2018. Passenger revenue and the average length of journey also increased too. Despite the rise in usage, passenger satisfaction was only at 83%. This is good – but it needs to be so much better. Train Operating Companies (TOCs) need to improve and modernise the quality of their services if they’re to keep up with passenger demands. Here are six rail industry innovation ideas to look out for 2020 that can do just that.
Over the last two years, the EU-funded MOMIT project has sought to demonstrate the use of remote sensing technologies – such as drones and satellites – for railway infrastructure monitoring. The ultimate benefit could be the safeguarding against the effects of natural hazards.
Stadler, together with ProRail, the Provincie Groningen and Arriva Netherlands, has opened the doors of an ATO test train to a group of VIPs, taking them on a trip in the Groningen area. This is the first time that passengers in the Netherlands have been on board an ATO train which can accelerate and brake automatically. To guarantee the train’s safety, it operates under a train protection system and the supervision of a driver
Eiffage, through its German subsidiary Eiffage Infra-Bau, has been awarded by Deutsche Bahn the last contract for renovating the Oldenburg-Wilhelmshaven railway line in Lower Saxony, Germany. The contract, realized through a consortium led by Eiffage, covers a 10-kilometre section between Oldenburg and Rastede. Eiffage will be handling almost €117 million of the total €151 million of planned works.