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Russia Wants to Connect New York and London with One Very Long Road

A Russian Railways tycoon has proposed building an extremely long road connecting New York and London by going the long way around, through the heart of Russia, reports All Mediany. Vladimir Yakunin presented his plan for the Trans-Eurasian belt Development to the Russian Academy of Science last week. According to Yakutin, the road would stretch 13,000 miles long, 6,000 of which will be through Russia. The plan is to connect existing roads, tunnels, and bridges. The road would have to cross the Bering Sea, where it would connect with the Alaskan city of Nome. Yakunin was unclear about how he would cross the Bering Strait, but a ferry system is likely. Yakunin believes that not only would this super highway connect the world in ways it’s never been connected before, it would also...2015-03-30

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Germanwings crash Q&A: Is flying more dangerous?

One of the questions asked of the travel desk of The Independent after the loss of Germanwings flight 4U 9525 was: “Is flying getting more dangerous?” The crash in the French Alps is a tragedy, bring profound grief to the...2015-03-25

Railroading India's Railways

EVERY February, the Indian Parliament performs a curious and unique ritual. The railway minister (a portfolio that exists in few democracies nowadays) presents the “railway budget” to the lower house for its approval. A packed chamber...2015-03-18

Are superfast trains speeding down the tracks?

At the time the UK was completing its first stretch of high-speed rail in 2007, China had barely left the station. Nearly a decade on, Britain still has only that same 68-mile (109km) stretch of track, but China has built itself the longest...2015-03-16

Secret rail plan for Sydney would create massive and costly upheaval to existing network

Could this be the future of Sydney's train system? All rail lines would operate independently. The Airport Line would terminate at Central. And billions would need to be spent on new bridges and tunnels to offer more reliable trains for western...2015-03-06

Wireless Technology--Keeping China's Heavy-Haul Trains On-Track

The Shuohuang Railway, a 368-mile line operated by Shenhua Group, hauls coal from the mines of Shanxi Province to the port city of Huanghua, south of Beijing on the Bohai Sea. With a continually rising demand for coal to fuel China’s surging...2015-03-05

Would it be realistic to renationalise the railways?

This weekend East Coast main line train services passed from public to private hands. But is it realistic to talk about the rail network ever being renationalised? A rare experiment in public ownership has come to an end. Supporters say that...2015-03-04

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To a Mouse...

The best-laid schemes of mice and men Gang aft agley, And leave us nought but grief and pain, For promised joy! “To a Mouse” by Robert Burns, born 25 January, 1759 On January 21st, the Chinese Premier Li Keqiang met with his Serbian counterpart, Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. They celebrated their ambitious plan to upgrade the rail line from Serbia via Macedonia and down to the...2015-02-12

Seaports call for appropriate recognition in the Federal Transport Infrastructure Plan

The Port of Hamburg is the German economy’s Gateway to the World. Along with the other German seaports, it plays an essential role for seaborne foreign trade as an interface between land and sea transport. Its excellent accessibility by water and overland is crucial for the operation of worldwide transport chains. Consequently the Port of Hamburg, Germany’s largest overseas port, has emerged as a high-performance logistics hub for...2015-02-11