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Railways are often controlled by governmental or independent safety and economic regulators, responsible for ensuring that railway operators and infrastructure managers comply with certain laws and standards. Regulatory aspects include funding requirements, access to railway networks and controlling the licenses of the operators of railway assets. Regulators also enforce consumer/passenger protection law in relation to the railway.

What are the emerging and evolving topics around railway regulation, legislation and standards?

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In-Depth Focus: Additive Manufacturing

19 February 2020 | By

Additive Manufacturing (AM), also known as 3D printing, has been adopted in the rail sector and its use has grown over recent years. Read on to find out how AM is being developed for use in Austrian, Swedish and Italian rail companies, and what benefits this technology can bring.

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Global Railway Review Issue 1 2020

14 February 2020 | By

This issue includes articles from Poland's Transport Minister about the country's much-needed railway investment programme, In-Depth Focus sections on Additive Manufacturing, Winter Operations and the Future Railway Mobile Communication System (FRMCS), plus much more.

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What lessons can train operating companies can learn from Uber?

28 January 2020 | By

Uber, not content with up-ending the taxi industry, has its sights firmly set on disrupting the entire travel and transport sector too. But as the ride-hailing app begins to venture into multimodal provision and end-to-end journey planning, this article explores the ways train operating companies and other public transport service…

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Pin-pointing punctuality

23 January 2020 | By

Every second matters to passengers, but did you know quite how much? In 2018 passenger satisfaction dropped to a 12-year low, with one in seven trains falling short of the industry measure of punctuality. During this period the UK's Office of Rail and Road (ORR) said "no-one took charge" during…