Urban Transport Agenda Vol. 1 2016
As global warming exerts a palpable influence on the UK's climate, Transport for London is looking to safeguard its warren of stations and tunnels from an increased risk of flooding. Greg Noone talks to Ian Uttley, a senior drainage engineer with London Underground, about the methodology behind the organisation's latest flood-risk assessment for the network, and how it might be protected in the future.
Over 100 miles of the London Underground network runs through subsurface tunnels, which are difficult to cool effectively. François Maurin, Hesop product manager at Alstom, explains how the company is working with TfL to reduce the network's temperature and carbon footprint.
Also in this issue: The implementation of free Wi-Fi on board the Dubai Metro has set a high standard for other networks in the UAE to beat, but will it catch on elsewhere? Sophie Peacock speaks to Dr Spencer Dando from Du to find out. Plus, Colin Sims of Network Rail discusses the practicalities of upgrading incredible lengths of Victorian tunnels to maintain the UK's railway network.
Urban Transport Agenda Vol. 2 2014
Underground rail travel is safer than ever, but the risk of fire still lurks in the tunnels. In the latest edition of Urban Transport Agenda, Mosen's MD Dr Fathi Tarada explains what must be done to protect passengers from harm.
Also in this issue: We examine the successes and shortcomings of the EU's Seventh Research Framework Programme (FP7); UKTram general manager James Hammett answers Barry Mansfield's questions on what's next for tram technology; Timetric reports on the latest trends in the industries building South Africa's transport network; and Grant Klein, director at PricewaterhouseCoopers, shares his thoughts on how and why smart ticketing should be implemented on public transport networks.
Urban Transport Agenda Vol. 1 2014
In this edition of Urban Transport Agenda, we speak to European Commission vice-president for transport Siim Kallas about the importance of the 'Roadmap to a Single European Transport Area', the ambitious campaign aimed at installing a competitive and resource efficient transport system across the continent.
Many countries in the Middle East are seeing rapid economic growth, population expansion and urbanisation. As Timetric reports, governments in the region are investing heavily in infrastructure, and road and rail in particular, in order to support these developments.
Also in this issue, Oscar Martos of the European Railway Agency explains recent regulatory developments in the area of fire safety in railway line and vehicle design, and Shashi Verma, director of customer experience at Transport for London, looks at the lessons learnt from Oyster, and how contactless technology and new initiatives around fare management are enabling customers to reap the benefits of travelling on public transport.
Urban Transport Agenda Vol. 2 2013
In this issue of Urban Transport Agenda, Ross Davies meets Crossrail chief engineer Chris Dulake to learn about excavation techniques and the importance of "good detective work" in negotiating the potential hurdles under the capital's streets. Jim Banks talks to Thomas Hartmann of Volvo Buses Germany and Edward Jobson of Volvo Buses about the benefits of their technology and how hybrids bring a fully electric future one step closer. Transport for London (TFL) is also testing a cutting-edge contactless payment system for London's rail network ahead of a customer roll-out early next year. After a successful trial run on the buses, director of customer experience at TFL Shashi Verma speaks to Ross Davies about this modern intersection of transport and technology.
Urban Transport Agenda Vol. 1 2013
With the rate of transport development increasing in cities around the world, it's becoming more important to get the right balance between innovation and customer satisfaction - whether that's comfort, affordability or efficiency of service. We certainly cover these issues in the latest issue of Urban Transport Agenda, with cutting-edge projects in Singapore, Bucharest, Manchester and Vienna.
For any project to get the green light, safety has to be the underlying imperative. With that in mind, we speak with Tony Cash, lead fire engineer at Transport for London, who discusses fire safety management for rolling stock and the need for a single cross-border fire-safety standard. Also the SECUREMETRO project brings experts from across Europe together to design a new generation of inherently secure, blast-resistant and fire-safe metro vehicles. We sit down with Conor O'Neill, project coordinator NewRail, and discuss improving passenger security through intelligent structural design.
Urban Transport Agenda Vol. 1 2012
If public transport stops - whether it is an underground network, rail or bus - a whole city can come to a standstill. The development of transport goes hand in hand with political will and whatever the ultimate goal is. If the pursuit is to develop economically, the goal has to be the creation of a pleasant, liveable city for its citizens. In this inaugural edition of Urban Transport Agenda, RATP experts and Ross Davies discuss the future expansion of trains with no one in the driving seat. Mike Weston of Transport for London gives us the lowdown on the New Bus for London (NB4L)'s green credentials, and we ask transport convenor Lesley Hinds if Edinburgh's tram network can overcome all the bad press it has received.