Future Rail – Issue 61
In this issue: Trouble for Tokyo’s commuters, implementing positive train control, the UK diesel phase-out, Alstom’s station-charging tram, the case for free transit, cross-country tickets, and more.
How a more competitive UK rail industry could lower ticket prices
Two decades since the privatisation of the UK rail network and passenger numbers are higher than ever, but average ticket prices remain unjustifiably expensive. Could increasing competition bring down fares, as has happened in other parts of Europe?
PwC VR experience showcases disruptive technologies to businesses
Professional services firm PwC has unveiled its virtual reality (VR) experience, which it claims gives companies a better understanding of technologies that could have a disruptive effect on their sector.
Rush hour delays: why Tokyo’s commuter railways are feeling the strain
The first-ever government study into rush hour train delays for services in the Greater Tokyo region has revealed issues that don’t match up with the image of Japanese punctuality. So what are the issues facing commuter rail in and around Japan’s capital?
Seatfrog: the new app that lets passengers bid for rail tickets
A new app in the UK called Seatfrog allows rail passengers to bid for upgrades to otherwise empty first class seats for as little as £5. According to the company, the app will open up first class travel by allowing passengers to join auctions on their smartphone up to 30 minutes before departure. So how does it work? Patrick Kingsland spoke to Seatfrog chief executive Iain Griffin to find out.