Future Rail: Issue 13 | April 2014

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Safety has always been a crucial issue, but measures have advanced over time. We speak to TUV Rheinland to learn how data analytics is evolving to have a greater impact, and ultimately reduce the risk of derailments and other accidents.

We also learn how integrating fleet communication systems can benefit onboard management and consider how scenic train routes are potentially lucrative for operators looking to attract tourists.

Moreover, we profile four new stations and refurbishment projects that are currently under construction in Scotland, look at the biggest metro networks in the world and consider the new Metro de Quito underground mass transit system under construction in Ecuador.

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In this issue

Putting the brakes on derailments
The use of data analytics for safety is on the rise. We have spoke to Sebastian Oertel, from TUV Rheinland Mobility about how software can be used to reduce the risk of accidents.
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Connecting with Passengers
Integrated wireless connectivity is revolutionising the way rail operators interact with passengers and rail vehicles. We talk to NOMAD DIGITAL about condition-based monitoring and collaborating with Dutch rail operator NS.
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Fight for the Franchise
With the Caledonian Sleeper franchise due to end within a year, the race is on for would-be franchise holders. Frances Marcellin speaks to Transport Scotland’s Bill Reeve to learn more.
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Progress for Scotland
Scotland’s rail network is undergoing more than £600m of work to redevelop and create new stations. We investigate whether the improvements will help with increasing demand on the network.
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The Longest Metro and Subway Systems
Rapid urbanisation has resulted in the construction of dozens of new metro and subway systems or the expansion of existing ones. We explore the ten longest in the world.
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Metro De Quito
We explore the Metro De Quito the new underground rail mass transit system which is currently under construction in Quito – the capital of Ecuador. We look at the construction progress of the metro, which is expected to open in 2017.
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Paddington’s Stainless Steel Finish
The Paddington Integrated Project made liberal use of stainless steel for its new Tube station and interchanges. The shot-peening process used to treat the steel is more commonly seen in the aerospace and motorsports, and has created a stainless steel finish that is aesthetically pristine and built to last, as this special photo feature shows.
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he UK saw a 150% increase in the number of journeys using disabled persons rail cards over the past ten years, but many stations remain unusable for people with severe disabilities. We speak to UK Minister of State for Transport Baroness Kramer to find out what is being done to improve disabled access.

We also take a look at a new railway line in Devon which will be paid for with the construction of 750 new homes and ask whether this financing approach could be the solution to linking up remote areas.

Moreover, we investigate the viability of Transport Scotland’s plan for a new railway to replace the Waverley route, speak to Texas light rail operator Capital Metro about the challenges and benefits of its new mobile ticketing system and explore
new insights into the best ways to present travel information to passengers using mobile phone apps.

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