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Railway Gazette TV

Join our live and interactive online debates

Streamed live from London's Tower Bridge Studio, our free interactive debates are the latest addition to our portfolio of business information channels for the world's railways. Panelists from across the rail industry address topical subjects during a 1 hour discussion, while registered viewers can submit questions and comments in real time using our unique wavecast facility.

Our live broadcasts are usually available to watch 'OnDemand' within 24 hours, with all comments and interactions still visible. 

A full listing of our previous broadcasts appears below, and you can register for free to view these at any time.

Connecting Data & People - Sponsored by ABB

On demand version now available

The data revolution is driving collaboration, knowledge and productivity, ultimately impacting the way railways could be managed and how decisions are made.

But people remain at the heart of the business, and the advent of new tools and systems has a major impact on management, staff and customers at all levels. The rail industry must ensure they adopt the right mix of skills, tools and digital strategies, to deliver performance benefits and value.

In this debate organised by Railway Gazette International, a panel of high-level speakers addressed these key issues:

  • How far can railways integrate their many different administrative and asset management information systems to provide a comprehensive, connected oversight of their business, in order to deliver a more productive and reliable service?
  • What skills are needed to support a data-driven railway, and how can companies ensure that they have the right mix of people in place? What scope is there for mentoring to optimise corporate culture and skills?
  • How should railways manage organisational change in order to implement new technologies and new processes effectively?
  • What is the most appropriate management structure for companies to make effective use of data and systems – how much should be handled centrally and how much devolved? What, if anything, can be outsourced completely?
  • How do railway operators need to approach staff recruitment and retention in an increasingly digitised railway?

The Cybersecure Railway - Sponsored by Nokia

Digitisation of main line and urban railways is gathering pace as policymakers push operators and infrastructure managers to enhance the capacity and efficiency of their networks. But with the widespread adoption of networked tools comes an increasing need to mitigate the risks posed by cyber threats.

On demand version now available.

In this live debate organised by Railway Gazette on November 30, a panel of high-level speakers will addressed the key issues:


  • What form of cyber threat do railways and metros face today, and what are the best practice techniques to reduce operational risk?
  • How far is the adoption of digital train control technology such as ETCS and CBTC heightening vulnerability to cyber threats?
  • Does the prevalence of legacy infrastructure and telecoms assets in the rail sector cause a particular challenge in terms of digital security?
  • How far do operators need to consider cybersecurity when introducing novel information and entertainment systems for passengers, and how are these services best separated from safety-critical data networks?
  • What lessons can the rail industry learn from cybersecurity policies adopted in other sectors?
  • How far do operators need to adapt their staff training to minimise the ‘human factors’ risks to their digital networks and tools?

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Predict and Prevent - Sponsored by ABB

Condition monitoring and predictive maintenance are changing the way in which increasingly busy railways are managed around the world.

With more and more sensors fitted to both rolling stock and infrastructure assets, the key challenge is turning the data into trusted data insights that can support improved reliability and availability. 

In this debate organised by Railway Gazette International on Tuesday July 11 2017, a panel of high-level speakers will addressed the key issues:

  • How far can existing rolling stock data be used to support a predictive maintenance regime, and what additional information is needed? How can the mass of data being generated be turned into meaningful information?
  • Who should be responsible for developing and implementing predictive maintenance policies in a fragmented industry? What are the respective roles of the train operator, vehicle supplier/maintainer and infrastructure manager?
  • What is better outsourced, what should be managed in-house and when?
  • What is more important for railway operators: increased reliability and availability or lower maintenance costs? How far do the benefits of a predictive maintenance regime trickle down into other aspects of railway operations?
  • Since in many markets, the rail networks consume a large quantity of energy generation, how can operational benefits such as reduced energy consumption, energy efficiency, regeneration and storage be captured in business cases?
  • How far can operators and suppliers sustain R&D spending amid severe cost pressures?
  • What are the more mature operators doing today? How are some of these ideas being taken off the drawing board and applied to real life?

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The Metro of the Future - Sponsored by Nokia

On demand version now available

High-capacity urban rail networks are becoming the essential mobility backbone of the modern city. Yet as we move into an era of technology-enabled ‘smart urbanisation’, metro operators and project developers will need to keep pace with changing user expectations while seeking to maximise operational efficiency.

In this debate organised by Railway Gazette, a panel of high-level speakers addressed the following key issues: 

  • What will the ‘metro of the future’ look like? How do we make the case for investment in metros amid the competitive threats of ride-sharing, taxi apps and lower-cost infrastructure such as bus rapid transit?
  • How can metro networks best be integrated with other urban travel options such as walking and cycling to offer seamless door-to-door mobility?
  • What are the particular challenges facing operators of legacy metros as they seek to modernise ageing infrastructure? What should be their investment and operational priorities?
  • How can technical tools such as LTE-based telecoms networks help to drive efficiencies and manage whole-life costs? What are the barriers to the adoption of advanced technologies?
  • To what extent should metro operators seek to migrate to driverless operation? Will automation become the default for future metros?
  • How far can modular, standardised components and sub-systems be developed to drive down operating cost for metros across the world?

The Convergent Railway - Sponsored by ABB

On demand version now available

Data analytics and real-time feedback from rolling stock and lineside assets mean that operational systems and IT infrastructure are converging, raising the prospect of more efficient and responsive rail operations. Our latest Railway Gazette TV live debate on May 17 assessed how far the rail industry can realise the potential of these trends.

Among the key issues raised by our panel of high level speakers were:

  • What kind of operational data are passenger and freight operators seeking to help them to optimise their services?
  • What examples of best practice in the use of data tools are being seen in the international railway sector? In which applications are they being deployed?
  • How far can the supply industry help to deliver advanced analytics to support operators and maintenance teams? What are the risks of being ‘held captive’ to proprietary systems?
  • How can IT tools help infrastructure managers to mitigate the effects of increasing loads on ageing physical assets? Can advanced analytical tools bring a step change in understanding emerging risks to the railway, such as climate change?
  • What are the benefits of real-time monitoring and automation in the inspection and maintenance processes, for both trains and infrastructure?
  • What investment should railways make to network their assets and ensure that their IT architecture can handle the resulting data? What steps must railways take to ensure they are getting usable information and not just noise?
  • How should recruitment policies change to ensure that the global rail sector has the right skills for the ‘digital railway’ era?

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European Rail Summit 2016

On demand version now available

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Attracting a senior stratum of political and industry leaders, the European Rail Summit is an invitation-only event limited to 250 delegates. To enable a wider global audience to engage in a dynamic and immersive fashion, the Summit is streamed online in real time via our Railway Gazette TV wavecast platform. 

A moderated comment stream allows wavecast viewers interact with the debate and to pose their own questions to the speakers. All participants will be able to access the presentations and related white papers, as well as viewing the recordings of each session following the event.

European Rail Summit: the essential strategic forum for Europe’s railways