Future Rail: Issue 2

26 July 2012 (Last Updated July 26th, 2012 06:12)

The second issue of Future Rail takes a look at the safety and security preparations made for London's rail network during the Olympics, automated metro systems, paperless ticketing and much more.

Future Rail: Issue 2

Future Rail: Issue 2

As technology improves, more cities are opting for fully automated and driverless metro systems. We find out how removing the element of human error can help an industry keen on enhancing safety and service. We also explore the safety and security measures that have been put in place on London's rail networks in the run-up to the Olympics.

Lower emissions and relatively inexpensive operation is making light rail an attractive option. We travel around the world to highlight key trends in light rail transit. We also find out if the once-thriving market for airport rail services is still on track, round up new ticketing initiatives that are helping passengers to move seamlessly across international lines, and uncover the latest trends in rail carriage interiors.

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In this issue

Securing London
As London reaches the final phase of the Olympic countdown, the city's rail infrastructure is gearing up for a busy ride. The British Transport Police's Gold commander for the Olympics tells us what measures are being put in place to handle this massive safety and security challenge.
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Driving Automation
As technology improves, more cities are opting for fully automated and driverless metro systems. Future Rail finds out how removing the element of human error can help an industry keen on enhancing safety and customer service.
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Sky Tracks
Rail links offer a convenient, affordable and eco-friendly way to shuttle passengers to and from the world's airports. We look at some of the world's best airport rail services to find out whether this thriving market is still on track.
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A Lighter Choice
Lower emissions and relatively inexpensive operation is making light rail an attractive option for many cities. Future Rail investigates the advantages and challenges of light rail networks, and examines three case studies from around the world that highlight key trends in modern LRT development.
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Just the Ticket
New ticketing initiatives are helping passenger's move smoothly and seamlessly across international lines. We find out why paper tickets are becoming a thing of the past and how new technologies are bringing about a host of new benefits, including improved efficiency, promoting rail travel and encouraging truly intermodal transport.
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Form and Function
Modern passengers expect more from their trains than simply being transported from A to B. From entertainment and aesthetics to information and security, Future Rail uncovers the latest trends in rail carriage interiors.
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Next issue preview

As tracking technology improves so does the punctuality and safety regulations aboard modern trains. In the next issue of Future Rail, we look at the advanced sensors and satellite tracking options that could end commuter woes for good.

We find out about breakthrough research from experts at Salford University that promises to help drivers manage the problems that leaf-strewn railway lines can bring. We also look at South Africa's ambitious plan to invest $36bn to create a world class logistics hub and become a key crossroad for the region's emerging economies.

Finally, we investigate 3D modelling and BIM software to find out how they can bring designers and contractors together to simplify complex railway station projects.

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