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…the risks don’t stand still

25 May 2017 | By

The industry has come a long way in improving safety at UK level crossings in the last seven years. This has come from a concerted focus from the Office of Rail and Road (ORR) and Network Rail becoming more rigorous in its approach. It’s resulted in over 1,000 crossings closing…

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Digital and geoinformation technologies in the development of Russian railway infrastructure

22 May 2017 | By ,

The JSC Russian Railways 2030 Development Strategy involves the large-scale deployment of advanced technology to all of the company’s business activities, including its complex infrastructure. It is tasked, among other things, with developing the technologies and processes for the design, construction and operation of high-speed lines (up to 350km/h), as…

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Rail industry’s export strength begins at home…

10 May 2017 | By

“Railways are the greatest productive act there has ever been, not just in the 19th century but throughout history”. This insight from German sociologist and national economist Werner Sombart (1863-1941) has rarely been more relevant than it is today. The current digitalisation of rail transport represents not only a fundamental…

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Seizing the opportunities of digitalisation

10 May 2017 | By

Digitalisation has long been making inroads into all business segments at Deutsche Bahn (DB)1. The DB Group is tackling a range of cutting-edge fields, including digital customer platforms, Work 4.0 and automatic train operation. Manuel Gerres, who is responsible for new digital business models at Deutsche Bahn, explains the opportunities…

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25 years of high-speed rail in Spain: a beacon of international reference

10 May 2017 | By Pedro Fortea, Director of Mafex – the Spanish Railway Association

High-speed rail in Spain is now 25 years old. With more than 3,100km in commercial operation, it is not only one of the largest but also one of the best equipped lines with the most advanced breakthroughs in innovation and design. The network’s length in kilometres ranks first in Europe…