Glossary of Terms

Participants in and visitors to any large technical and policy-influencing project will inevitably come across a certain amount of jargon. On this page we aim to describe and demystify some of those terms relating to Sintropher.

Tram-train: A light rail unit, resembling a tram and able to run not only on conventional tramways, but with adaptation on existing railways as well. Power is most frequently taken from overhead catenary (typically D.C. for tramways; A.C. for railways), but models also exist with onboard diesel engines.


The Department for Transport is the UK body responsible for transport matters including railway franchising and oversight of a range of executive agencies.

Network Rail has been the legally responsible owner and operator of Britain’s rail infrastructure since 2002.

Northern Rail was formed as a 50:50 joint venture between Serco Group plc and Abellio in order to operate train services in the north of England until September 2013.

South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE) is responsible for the coordination of local and regional public transport services in South Yorkshire.

The Netherlands

HTM Personenvervoer NV is responsible for the coordination of public transport in the Haaglanden region.

Nederlandse Spoorwegen (NS) ist the Dutch national railway operator.

ProRail is responsible for the railway system in the Netherlands (construction, maintenance, management and security).

Provincie Zuid-Holland is one of 12 Dutch provinces (provincial capital: The Hague; largest city: Rotterdam).

Provincie Gelderland is also one of the 12 Dutch provinces including the Arnhem-Nijmegen city region.


De Lijn is the Flemish regional transport operator, running bus and tram services.

SNCB/NMBS Holding has been the Belgian national railway company since 2005. It is divided between two sister companies, Infrabel, which is the infrastructure manager, and SNCB/NMBS, which is the network operator.