A country’s rail infrastructure is a key to its economic success, but the rail sector has not received the same level of attention as other pieces of infrastructure. This is however changing; private and public spending is leading to further investment plus expansion. While passenger rail travel and the movement of freight are also seeing an uptake.
Digital technologies – IoT, Big Data and Cloud computing are being used to introduce improvements and efficiencies within the rail network, which are improving the passenger experience and increasing freight capacity.
The digitisation or Internet of Trains is delivering data that passengers are using to better plan and undertake their journeys. Rail operators are using data to introduce safer control systems, manage assets and build improved service solutions around their rolling stock. This data is providing suppliers and manufacturers with greater confidence in a more fluid, reliable supply chain.
The rail sector is also seeing greater cooperation between industry groups and governments. Legislative changes, new policies and programmes have resulted in opening rail infrastructure, creating a greater network length which is leading to competitiveness, further innovation and R&D.
Governments are seeing rising transport demands, so investment in light and metro rail are being made. This is allowing workers to move quicker and further afield, while allowing cities to respond to congestion and pollution concerns. High-speed rail is seeing investment as it competes against other transportation modes, but there is pressure from environmental groups and a trend towards more sustainable, greener forms of transport.
Rail is one of the most energy efficient transportation modes, but further investment is seeing greater decarbonisation of the rail industry with an increased use of alternative fuels, including hydrogen fuel cells and battery-powered locomotives.
Supply chains are seeking to improve interconnectivity, increase visibility and provide operational benefits in both time and cost, but fundamentally become more sustainable while using more effective means of transport, resulting in a push to move from road to rail.
Freight transportation groups are discussing how to lessen road miles and reward increased rail miles, while governments are working to open rail network across continents. Greater collaboration and cross-border cooperation are leading to a larger geographical network length allowing for seamless multimodal transportation and Silk Road extension.
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