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May 18, 2016

Future Rail: Issue 38

In this issue: A new streetcar for New York, Crossrail’s learning legacy, connecting Iran, the business case for improving accessibility on rail networks, drone inspections in the US and more.

By Susanne Hauner

Future Rail

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London’s Crossrail, the largest construction project in Europe, has launched an initiative to allow the wider UK infrastructure industry to share in the lessons learned and innovations introduced over the course of the programme. We find out how future projects are set to benefit.

Also in this issue, we explore what opportunities the lifting of sanctions on Iran will create for rail business, take a look at the proposed Brooklyn to Queens light rail system in New York and find out what the transport sector is doing to improve accessibility. Plus, we take a look at a project using drones for track maintenance in the US, and ask how companies can attract the skilled workers needed for extensive infrastructure projects.

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In this issue

Leaving a LegacyAs Europe’s biggest construction project approaches its conclusion, Gary Peters takes a look at the legacy Crossrail will leave behind.Read the article.

Iran’s Rail Revolution The recent lifting of UN sanctions on Iran has led to a raft of railway deals. Julian Turner looks at the risks and rewards of foreign investment in the country’s rail infrastructure.Read the article.

Rail Access for AllOpening up the UK’s railways for everyone in society is a slow but steady process. Gary Peters considers why access for all makes good business sense.Read the article.

Reviving the American StreetcarThough the newly proposed light rail system linking Brooklyn and Queens is still history in the making, Eva Grey examines the challenges and benefits of one of the largest urban streetcar systems in the US.Read the article.

Putting Rail Freight on the MapRail freight in the UK needs more support to become competitive with road transport, argues Freight on Rail manager Philippa Edmunds.Read the article.

Railway Worker DronesIn October 2015, the use of a drone to monitor railway lines in New Mexico represented a significant leap forward for the industry. Rod James looks at the operation in more detail.Read the article.

Assembling a Winning TeamExtensive infrastructure projects in need of skilled workers and a flurry of franchising bids are creating a scramble for the best talent. Chris Jones, head of rail at Odgers Interim, discusses how companies can attract the people required for successful bids.Read the article.

Next issue preview

The planned high-speed line between Lyon and Turin has made progress after France and Italy authorised funding for the initial construction phases. We take a look at the project and the issues surrounding its delivery.

Also in the next issue we find out about Slovakia’s proposed hyperloop system, explore plans to revive the barge freight route across New York Harbor and review the Scottish Government’s new rail freight strategy. Plus, we have a look inside New York’s spectacular World Trade Center Transportation Hub and ask how sexual offences on public transport can best be investigated and prevented.

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