The great upgrade – modernising the UK’s railway tunnels
Even infrastructure ‘built to last’ can’t truly last forever; eventually there comes a time when elements need upgrading and replacing. Colin Sims, principal engineer at Network Rail, discusses the practicalities of upgrading incredible lengths of Victorian tunnels to maintain the UK’s railway network.
Ticket in a tap – the rise of contactless ticketing
Contactless ticketing has become widespread among the world’s rapid transit systems, but what’s next for fare management, and what will it mean for operators and passenger convenience? Urban Transport Agenda finds out from Michael Gwinn, director of revenue at Chicago Transit Authority, and Chris Tucker, director of revenue operations at the Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon.
The hot ticket – keeping the London Underground cool
Over 100 miles of the London Underground network runs through 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.
On the buses - Europe’s Zero Emission Urban Bus System project
Europe’s Zero Emission Urban Bus System project hopes to reduce emissions, improve air quality and lower noise levels across the continent by bringing electric bus systems to the heart of the transport network. Elly Earls meets the project’s coordinator, Umberto Guida, to find out how.
Ride out the storms – TfL’s flood prevention strategy
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.