Press review

Introducing competition in Indian Railways

In a major initiative, the Bibek Debroy committee has proposed to invite private players to compete with the Indian Railways by running sleek, brand-new coaches replete with high-tech gadgetry zipping through the countryside at 200 kmph or above,...2015-04-20

What's wrong with Britain's railways?

To watch ministers promise a Northern transport "revolution" you could be forgiven for thinking that the Government has a record of untrammelled success when it comes to transport up north. The truth is very different: evening fares have been hiked...2015-04-08

Fewer Oil Trains Ply America’s Rails

The growth in oil-train shipments fueled by the U.S. energy boom has stalled in recent months, dampened by safety problems and low crude prices. The number of train cars carrying crude and other petroleum products peaked last fall, according to...2015-04-07

Kim Jong Kwan, Vice-President of KITA: “Zarubino attracts us but we are cooled down by poor infrastructure and sluggish customs”

Prospects of Russia-Korea investment cooperation at port Zarubino has been recently discussed at the meeting of the regional authorities and the business representatives of the Republic of Korea. Kim Jong Kwan, Vice-President of the Korea...2015-04-07

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

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The Rockies may crumble, Gibraltar may tumble...

The Rockies may crumble, Gibraltar may tumble. They’re only made of clay. But Algeciras is here to stay. (With apologies to George and Ira Gershwin). After centuries of nestling in the shadow of the Rock of Gibraltar, the Port of Algeciras is fast emerging as a bright light in the development of intermodal logistics in Europe. In February of last year, the port authorities announced investments of Euro 19 million to accommodate the latest...2015-04-01

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