Driving forward to the railway system of tomorrow…
31 January 2017 • Author(s): Simon Fletcher, Coordinator Europe, UIC (the International Union of Railways)
…by Simon Fletcher, Coordinator Europe, UIC (the International Union of Railways)
Welcoming anything new is always an exciting and often eagerly anticipated event. The arrival of this new year should be the same, but just what can we expect and how should the railway sector rise to the challenge?
So many people said that they couldn’t wait to leave 2016 behind. But if one takes a last look at it, there are a number of significant events that merit praise.
Rail research took a strategic step forward with the commencement of work within the Shift2Rail Joint Undertaking (JU). With nearly €1 billion of joint sector and EU investment, the JU members now have an excellent platform from which to launch the development that is vital to provide a railway system that is sufficiently attractive to customers to make it their land transportation mode of choice.