Logistics firms and their education advisors are now targeting children as young as 14 in an attempt to create more interest in the profession, as fears intensify of a gaping staff shortfall in the future. Ian Nichol, head of logistics at Career Ready, told delegates at Multimodal this morning that the industry is expected to need an additional 1.2m employees by 2022. “We have a ready-made training programme, but we need the industry to channel its knowledge and enthusiasm, b
On 31 March 2018, a new fully automated metro line was added to the Shanghai metro network. Shanghai Keolis, a joint venture between the Shanghai Shentong Metro Group Co. Ltd. (51 percent) and Keolis Group (49 percent), started operating the Pujiang metro line, the first fully automated metro line in Shanghai. The line comprises 6.7 kilometers of double track and six elevated stations. The seven-year operations and maintenance contract was awarded to Shanghai Keolis two years
South Surrey-White Rock MP Gordie Hogg says he is encouraged following a recent meeting with B.C. Premier John Horgan that there is a chance for meaningful forward progress on relocating rail traffic away from waterfront areas in the riding. Hogg – who was in Victoria last week to meet with Horgan and provincial ministers and MLAs – noted in particular Horgan’s subsequent announcement that the province will chip in $300,000 towards a U.S. business-case study of a high-speed r
The idea translates easily into any language: Charge drivers for using congested streets and watch them change their habits. It has become an increasingly attractive tool for major metropolises overwhelmed by the traffic strangling their streets. But actually carrying out congestion pricing has been anything but easy — at least in three cities that are often cited as international models. In London, Singapore and Stockholm the fees were met with skepticism and outrage by comm
A team from Japan’s Tohoku University has found an economical way to improve the properties of “shape-memory” metals, so called for their ability to spring back after being deformed. The method could allow the mass production of such metals for applications such as earthquake-resistant construction materials.
Most metals are made of a large number of crystals but, in some cases, their properties improve when they are formed of a single crystal. However, single-crystal metal
A Chinese state-owned space and military technology group will investigate the feasibility of a magnetic levitation (maglev) rail system that would leave Elon Musk’s futuristic Hyperloop concept in the dust. China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation (CASIC), which develops space and missile technology, plans to research a "flying" train network that it says could eventually have a top speed of 4,000km/h.
China was a pioneer in maglev rail, completing a 30.5-km line f
Astounding footage has captured how China builds its high-speed railways ahead of a planned multi-billion pound expansion. A video of China Railway Corporation's impressive bridge building machine - known as SL900/32 or 'The Iron Monster' - shows how giant concrete girders are pieced together to speed up construction. Footage shows how the 580-tonne mega machine, which is able to wheel back and forth on bridges, holds concrete in place as an army of engineers frantically work
France’s national railway operator aims to have autonomous high-speed TGV trains running by 2023, according to a report from FranceInfo. The train operator, known by the French acronym SNCF, will begin testing a prototype of its so-called “drone train” in 2019, FranceInfo reports. The new TGV train would be equipped with sensors that would allow it to detect obstacles and automatically brake, if necessary. The TGV, which reaches speeds of nearly 200mph, could be remotely pilo
China has unveiled a track-less train that runs on virtual rails in a bid to speed up public transportation in major cities. The new trains were announced on June 2 in Zhuzhou, China's Hunan province and are said to be non-polluting, reports the People's Daily Online. The Chinese rail corporation began designing the new system in 2013 and it is set to begin operating in 2018. The transit system uses rubber wheels on a plastic core and has new technology copyrighted by the Chi
Just because we have planes and cars doesn't mean the good old-fashioned train ride is obsolete.. While many folks still use the train for urban commutes—and light rail tracks for even more—the world's web of longer train tracks offer all kinds of opportunities, whether gut-wrenching bridges, sleep-inducing lengths or purely wild looks at scenery. We hop aboard for seven of the craziest train rides available. Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad, New Mexico/Colorado The 10,015-fo