With an annual purchasing volume of more than €10bn, German Rail is a key customer for thousands of rail industry suppliers. Chief procurement officer Uwe Günter tells Keith Barrow how DB's procurement strategy seeks to harness both innovation and standardisation to improve performance and reduce life-cycle costs.
Despite the recent launch of a new premium express service intended to draw traffic back to rail, these are turbulent times for Poland's national long-distance passenger operator. Andrew Goltz considers the reasons behind declining traffic and looks at potential solutions to the problem.
At the start of this year new 10-year concessions came into effect for infrastructure management and operation of passenger services on most of the Dutch railway network. Quintus Vosman considers whether lessons have been learned from the previous concession, and how the new agreements will shape the operation of the network over the next decade.
THE dramatic fall in oil prices has already claimed its first railway casualties, including Mexico's troubled high-speed project, and it could have serious consequences for rail if the cost of road transport remains at a much lower level.