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Combatting the challenges within the rail industry

17 December 2020 | By

Toni Shepherd, Director of Sales at TRB Lightweight Structures, discusses the importance of equal opportunities for SMEs, why the rail sector should focus on diversifying its workforce and how the digitalisation of the industry is going to thrive in the near future.

Stop using spreadsheets for rail infrastructure planning

14 December 2020 | By

There are a number of tools you might use when planning and managing a project. But one tool seems to be more ubiquitous than any other – spreadsheets. Moving away from spreadsheet models for your most important projects can feel overwhelming, but why is it important to move to more…

Building a diverse and inclusive workforce post-COVID-19

14 December 2020 | By ,

The coronavirus lockdowns changed the UK overnight. For office workers, it meant a dramatic shift towards the workplace becoming the kitchen table, with pets and children being distractions, and technology being pushed to its limits. Atkins’ Jo Moffatt and Sukhy Duggal look at how to assess and capitalise on the ‘new…

In-Depth Focus: On-Board Connectivity

11 December 2020 | By

Reliable connectivity has become an ‘expected norm’ in our everyday lives, including when stepping onto a train. With passengers expecting to be able to work, access up-to-date information and be entertained while they travel, this In-Depth Focus showcases the on-board connectivity strategies of three different train operating companies and how…

Moving ahead with Australia’s Inland Rail freight project

11 December 2020 | By

Australia is a vast country, and its freight challenges are unique. The long‑touted solution to long‑haul rail freight in Australia is the 1,700km Inland Rail project, which is now becoming a reality. Richard Wankmuller, Inland Rail’s CEO, provides a project update and outlines the key benefits and opportunities that Inland Rail will…

Ensuring that rolling stock are freeze-free all winter long

10 December 2020 | By

When winter temperatures dip below freezing, passenger trains with potable water-bearing systems for on-board kitchen galleys and sanitary systems are in danger of freezing when the train heat is turned off for switching locomotives or even during brief layovers. If not properly protected, a freeze up can result in burst…

In-Depth Focus: Winter Preparedness

10 December 2020 | By

When harsh winter weather threatens major disruption to rail services, infrastructure managers and train operating companies must pull together to keep rail networks moving safely. The authors in this In-Depth Focus share the benefits of robust planning strategies and the importance of being prepared to deal with the challenges that…