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Future Rail: Issue 30 | October 2015

Following huge investments to expand its railways, Spain now turns to improving key sectors of its network. We find out where and how the country plans to invest millions.

In California, we get an update on route sections and contractors involved in the ambitious high-speed project. Meanwhile, in Europe, we ask how the Sustrail project aims to cut damage to tracks and generate a boost in demand for rail freight, and hear from Rail Freight Group’s Maggie Simpson how the UK industry can take advantage of a boom in construction.

Moreover, we investigate how Deutsche Bahn plans to increase its pace of change and embrace digitisation, look into a London Underground door sensing system that could drastically reduce delays and increase safety, and check out the world’s most iconic stations.

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In this issue

The Fourth Revolution
Deutsche Bahn is one of the world’s biggest companies, which means driving change can be slow. Matt Burgess finds out how it is trying to speed things up
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Investing in Spain
Spain’s railways have been expanding at a rapid pace, thanks to huge national investments and European grants. Now the country is dedicating millions of euros to construction and improvement works across key sectors of its rail network. Eva Grey investigates
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Breaking It Down
As the California High-Speed Rail Authority awards contracts for work on the state’s ambitious project, Gary Peters speaks to information officer Annie Parker about the latest developments in route sections and the contractors involved
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Future Vision
The Sustrail project aims to introduce a new generation of freight rolling stock to cut damage to tracks and generate a boost in demand for rail freight in Europe. Gary Peters takes a closer look at the plans
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Good News for Freight
As the UK’s construction sector experiences levels of optimism reminiscent of 2006, Rail Freight Group executive director Maggie Simpson discusses how the rail freight industry can best take advantage of the current environment
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Safety Critical
Led and designed by mechanical engineer Tara Parandeh, a London Underground project is set to drastically reduce delays and increase safety through the use of an innovative door sensing system. Eva Grey chats to Parandeh to learn more
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Standing the Test of Time
Worldwide, there are historic railway stations built in bygone days but grandly standing the test of time. These iconic landmarks have been refurbished over the years to serve modern transport needs. Gary Peters takes a closer look.
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Next issue preview

A Trans-Caspian international transport route has been proposed by the governments of China, Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan. We find out how the project could benefit rail freight in the region. Also in Asia, we look into the Indonesian Government’s decision to scrap a high-speed rail project, and ask what alternatives the country is now considering.

We also learn how a recent foiled attempt to attack a high-speed train travelling from Amsterdam to Paris has reignited the debate over onboard security measures, discuss what the rail sector can learn from oil and gas about improving safety and productivity, profile Berlin’s Südkreuz station to find out what makes a modern smart station and investigate the UK’s plans for an additional 30,000 rail and road apprenticeships by the end of the current parliament.

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