Despite COVID-19 hugely impacting the rail sector, Tim Danvers, Business Development Manager at Atkins, writes that transforming rail in the North of England is now more important than ever, and sight must not be lost on delivering projects such as HS2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail which are crucial for securing…
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Alexandre Savard, Director of Business Development for Rail at GIRO, discusses the challenges and opportunities of planning and delivering an efficient and flexible rail service in an environment of increasing constraints, which have been amplified by the COVID-19 crisis.
Riccardo Pasinetti, Commercial Director of Lucchini RS, explains how their Smartset innovative solution for condition-based maintenance of axles helps to significantly optimise maintenance costs and is a key solution in rail’s digital transformation.
Did you know that there is currently 11,693km of high-speed lines under construction around the world? This In-Depth Focus explores this progress and includes how Turkey is planning to transform its high-speed network, as well as how high-speed rail really must be pushed forward in North America.
Sorin Baltac, General Manager at the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA), provides details of South Africa’s complex signalling modernisation programme, currently considered one of the most modern and ambitious signalling programmes in the world.
This In-Depth Focus explores several project developments and what long-term opportunities lie ahead for the rail industry, including: the importance of financing; what changes must take place to recover and move forward from the coronavirus pandemic; the continued approach to tackling climate change; and focusing on how improving passenger and…
Virginie Taillandier, Manager of SNCF’s Tech4Rail Level Crossing project, and Gérard Hernja, Training and Educational Research Coordinator at Ecole de Conduite Française (ECF), give details of how level crossings can be transformed into smart level crossings, improving safety for all users.
The rail industry is under pressure to reduce its emissions and meet global government sustainability targets. This In-Depth Focus will explore how a modal shift to rail would help to achieve these goals, and how solutions such as alternative powered trains will play a key part.
Steve White, COO and Deputy CEO of Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR), looks at how the UK’s biggest rail franchise had to modify its operations to support colleagues, society and passengers through the COVID-19 pandemic.
Andreas Scheuer, Germany’s Federal Minister of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, writes about the objectives for the country’s railway network, which includes strengthening its innovative capacity, attractiveness and competitiveness, and setting an example for stronger European connectivity.
This issue takes a look at South Africa’s complex signalling modernisation programme, the next steps in standardisation of data exchanges between TMS and trains, GTR's passenger-centric response to the challenges of COVID-19, plus our 'Decarbonising Rail', 'High-Speed Rail Development' and 'Rail: Thinking Long-Term' In-Depth Focuses.