INTERNATIONAL: Barcelona metro operator TMB and Seoul Metro signed a two-year technical co-operation agreement on March 6.

The two operators plan to assist each other in technical and management innovation through sharing experiences and good practice. This would initially focus on automation and digitisation, which TMB calls ‘the dominant trends in future transport’.

The main theme in the field of automation would be converting conventional metro lines to driverless operation, with particular emphasis on the human and organisational aspects. In digitisation, the operators plan to look at predictive maintenance of infrastructure and rolling stock.