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July 19, 2016

Future Rail: Issue 40

In this issue: Rio de Janeiro prepares for transport during the Olympics, impact of the Shaw Report, Queensland’s Cross River Rail, Bombardier in India, German state aiming for full hydrogen power, Transport for London’s open data programme, and more.

By Ceri Jones

Major events that draw crowds, such as the upcoming Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, put a strain on local transport services. Ahead of the 2016 Games, we look at how the rail system is preparing to manage the millions of extra commuters moving around the city, and ask what the country has done to avoid congestion and ensure a smooth running of the service.

Also, we examine the impact of the Shaw Report by HS1 chief executive Nicola Shaw and how the recommendations could shake-up the UK’s railways.

Plus, we catch up with the latest incarnation of Australia’s Cross River Rail project, speak to Bombardier about its presence in India, hear about the German state going renewable with hydrogen, learn how Transport for London is transforming the passenger experience with open data apps, and more.

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In this issue

The Shaw report A report by HS1 chief executive Nicola Shaw has ruled out wholesale privatisation of the UK’s railways, while recommending decentralisation and greater devolution for regional rail services. We examine the potential impact of this report. Read the article here.

Realising Australia’s cross river rail A new alignment has been unveiled by Queensland’s state government for the long-running Cross River Rail – a 10km link from Dutton Park to Bowen Hills. After previous failed attempts to get this project off the ground, will this latest iteration finally kick-start it? Read the article here.

Vision for India’s railways Rolling stock powerhouse Bombardier has been praised by for investing heavily in India by the country’s Prime Minister. We speak to Bombardier about having an extensive presence in the Indian market. Read the article here.

Thrusting hydrogen rail forward The German state of Schleswig- Holstein is planning to electrify its entire railway network using hydrail fuel cell equipment by 2025. We find out more from project coordinator and Member and Speaker of the Schleswig-Holstein Parliament, Detlef Matthiessen. Read the article here.

Rio’s Olympic transport challenge Ahead of the 2016 Summer Olympics taking place in Rio de Janeiro, we look at how the rail system is preparing to handle the crowds, and ask what the country has done to avoid congestion and ensure a smooth running of the service. Read the article here.

Opening up travel data In April, Transport for London announced that more than 2,000 new developers had signed up for its open data programme in the preceding six months. We learn how the Application Programme Interface allows developers to access TfL data. Read the article here.

Next issue preview

In June, 75 women from ITF road, rail, civil aviation and urban transport unions met as part of a first ‘groundbreaking’ action forum on violence against women working in public transport. We find out about efforts being made to protect workers.

We also look into the technology partnerships supporting Indian Railways’ effort to reduce accidents on its network, the latest trends in onboard entertainment, and find out about Germany’s DB Cargo which ran the first train in the country with a zero carbon footprint.

Plus, we examine how to prevent rail landslides caused by extreme weather, what Transport for London is doing to keep stations safe from the rising risks of flooding, and get insight into timber asset management.

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