All Industry View Point articles

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    Viewpoint: Legacy railways need cybersecurity too


    Rail professionals are increasingly aware of the risks posed by cyberattacks and how to mitigate them, but much of this attention focuses on new assets and infrastructure, rather than legacy equipment. The industry cannot let this become a major oversight, believes Nicolas Goupil of Cylus.

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    Comment: Cheap fares alone are not enough


    Many more rail trips were made in Germany this summer than in 2019 thanks to the much-publicised €9 ticket allowing unlimited travel on local and regional trains and other public transport. But our Consultant Editor Murray Hughes suggests that cheap fares alone will not be enough to deliver policymakers’ modal shift ambitions.

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    Comment: No time to delay


    The rail industry is emerging from the pandemic facing an urgent need to prioritise investment and ensure tangible operational, productivity and technological benefits are delivered within the next five years, argues our Executive Editor Nick Kingsley.

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    My Life in Rail: Jay Sheth


    Developing metros and millennials: Jay Sheth describes his urban rail career encompassing roles at London Underground and Mumbai Metro One, and sets out how rail organisations can attract and retain younger staff.

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    Comment: The politics of infrastructure


    Rising geopolitical complexity around the world raises a challenge that policymakers and railway planners will have to overcome if ambitions for modal shift to rail are to be realised in the years ahead, argues our Managing Editor Nick Kingsley.

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    Comment: Look forward not back


    As the Connecting Europe Express completes its tour of the continent in Paris on October 7, the rail industry must use the momentum generated by the EU’s Year of Rail to develop a competitive sector which is able to attract a new generation of users and staff, argues our Editor-in-Chief Chris Jackson.

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    My Life in Rail: Verena Schraml


    Germany has more work to do to spread the message that rail roles are increasingly attractive for women, explains Verena Schraml, a local operations manager for Go-Ahead Deutschland, based in Stuttgart.

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    Viewpoint: Help needed to restore HS1 as the UK’s ‘green gateway’


    Britain’s sole high speed railway and its link to continental Europe, High Speed 1 can lead the transport decarbonisation charge, but it needs support to bounce back from Covid-19 first, argues HS1 Ltd Chief Executive Dyan Crowther.

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    Viewpoint: Unlocking Africa’s economic growth


    Railway reform and regulatory stability will help to revitalise Africa’s railways and put them at the heart of sustainable transport strategies across the African Continental Free Trade Area, suggests ARIA Chief Executive Officer Mesela Nhlapo.

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    Night train strategy should include open access operators, says RegioJet


    VIEWPOINT: The vision for an expansion of night train services presented by state railways DB, SBB, ÖBB and SNCF should be expanded to include other operators, says Aleš Ondrůj, Director of Communications & Sales at open access operator RegioJet.

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    NGOs propose five policies for climate-friendly European rail renaissance


    A group of European climate NGOs has proposed five policies to encourage modal shift to rail in support of EU greenhouse gas reduction targets. Lena Donat, Policy Advisor Low-Carbon Mobility at development and environment organisation Germanwatch, explains what is needed

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    Account-based ticketing should not always mean EMV


    The coming years will be defined by a migration of automated fare collection systems to some form of account-based ticketing, says Jean-Philippe Wolyniec , Chair of the Marketing Working Group at the OSPT Alliance industry association. But while the level of convenience offered by bank card acceptance is high, operators ...

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    Rolling stock leasing companies exposed to effects of prolonged lockdowns


    Government support for train operators will protect the short-term cash generation of rolling stock leasing companies during coronavirus lockdown periods, but there could be pressure on their revenue base once the restrictions are lifted, warns Christian Kuendig, Senior Director, Non-Bank Financial Institutions, at Fitch Ratings.

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    Comment: The price of safety


    Technical advances have to be considered and treated as part of an overall risk reduction strategy, argues our Editor-in-Chief Chris Jackson.

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    Time to build for the future


    EVOLUTION: Engineers with vision have an essential role to play in driving the revitalisation of Europe’s railways to meet the needs of a modern society.

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    Making the right choices


    MOBILITY: Investment in public transport provides the opportunity to tackle the global economic downturn, addressing environmental concerns and building a sustainable urban framework for the longer term.

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    Developing railways must fight for their interests


    Freight Railways in the emerging economies of southeast Asia have for too long allowed their market share to be eroded by the road haulage sector. Dr Julison Arifin argues that the industry has often underestimated its role in the logistics mix, and the time has come to fight back.

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    The bloodbath is coming


    EUROPE: Liberalisation of international passenger services is intended to boost customer choice, but fierce competition between rail and air could result in consolidation, says Christian Rossi.

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    Do not over-rely on modelling


    CAPACITY: Complex modelling techniques are used increasingly both for real-time decision-making and to prepare longer-term business plans. However, as Peter Koning of Faber Maunsell explains, the extent to which theoretical capacity differs from that available in the live environment is a significant concern.

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    Putting the customer first


    REFORM: Belgian national operator SNCB has undertaken a radical restructuring of its freight business to create a more commercially-focused business. But, as group co-ordinator Geert Pauwels explains, there is a lot still to do to ensure the incumbent keeps growing in an increasingly-competitive market.