19 - 20 June 2018
Köln Messe, Cologne, Germany

All Streams are across 2 days

One-hundred-and-eighty years on from Stephenson’s Rocket, what will be the greatest challenges faced by rail operators in the future? Passenger numbers and demand continue to rise, but how can rail operators meet the increasing demand and where will investment come from to support network improvements? Tony Robinson, the founder of one of the world’s largest transportation industry publishing and event companies, will pose the question and ask participants to examine how the rail industry can survive the challenge from new transport forms including high-speed (platooning) autonomous vehicles and PATS for personal mobility. Indeed, can rail meet the challenge long term in the freight sector? Leading rail operators in Europe and elsewhere will be asked to put forward their cases and their visions for the future of rail.

Topics discussed in this stream will include:

  • Railway industry forecasts - 2030 and beyond
  • Challenges and opportunities for rail
  • Competition from new or evolving modes of personal mobility
  • Funding railways of the future
  • Long-term financial stability in the rail industry
  • Distributive technologies
  • Improving passenger satisfaction
  • Environmental performance of railway
  • Supporting growth in the freight sector
  • Trans-European transport networks
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    Conference Programme



    Day 1: Tuesday 19 June

    Conference Room 1/2 - Level 2 How Can Rail Stay Competitive Against Autonomous Vehicles & New Smart Mobility Solutions

    Moderator

    River Tamoor Baig
    CEO and founder
    Hack Partners
    UK

    09:25

    Rail systems as the backbone of multimodal sustainable mobility

    Carlo M Borghini
    Executive director
    Shift2Rail Joint Undertaking
    BELGIUM
    Léa Paties
    Programme manager
    Shift2Rail Joint Undertaking
    BELGIUM
    As the world’s resources become scarcer and climate change poses an ever-increasing threat, the future of Europe lies in embracing sustainable development strategies and investing in sustainable solutions to meet its long-term challenges. Despite the progress achieved in recent years, one of the most critical sectors – transport – is still 'off track' to sustainability, producing one quarter of Europe’s greenhouse gas emissions and pollution, which is set to nearly double in the next 25 years. Established under Horizon 2020, the Shift2Rail Joint Undertaking is a public-private partnership designed to carry out strategic rail sector objectives and encourage a modal shift to rail.

    09:50

    Quantum shifts in mobility – impact on business models and society

    Alexei Korn
    Senior strategy manager
    Swiss Federal Railways
    SWITZERLAND
    Mobility systems will experience major efficiency leaps in years to come. Self-driving vehicles in passenger and freight transport will more efficiently utilise infrastructure capacities, and considerably reduce transportation cost and parking search traffic. Smart cities will improve mobility with smart traffic management, strict demand management, mobility platforms and new mobility services. Furthermore, rail will improve considerably. What advantages will this bring for society, land use and sustainability? What cities are leading the way in mobility platforms, P2P/B2C sharing, e-hail, ride sharing, AVs and smart mobility? How will the business models of automotive OEMs, public transport companies and new mobility players be impacted?

    10:15

    The benefits of above-rail competition in Europe

    Nick Brooks
    Secretary general
    Allrail (Alliance of Rail New Entrants)
    BELGIUM
    Allrail represents new passenger rail companies, whose success and growth solely depends on keeping passengers happy and ensuring that they keep coming back to rail. We will show how existing cases of competition between different operators on the same tracks has achieved: (1) Better quality and service; (2) Lower prices; (3) Modal shift to rail; (4) Less taxpayer subsidy. It has also benefited the environment. Where there is no real competition, as in France, rail passenger traffic has reduced by 6% since 2011. Where there is competition, growth of up to 100% over five years has been recorded on the routes concerned.

    10:40 - 11:20

    Break

    11:20

    Future-proofing rail to improve passenger satisfaction

    Fraser Brown
    Director
    Heathrow Express
    UK
    Continuous innovation is key to passenger satisfaction. In the UK, how can train operating companies work with Network Rail, which owns the tracks, to maintain excellent service? Passenger service is at the centre of business strategy – from recruitment and training, to price strategies and marketing, how to ensure customer service is at the centre of the business and that all teams can work together for the right solutions? Communicating excellence – are train companies being heard? Trains – leading the way in sustainable transport.

    11:45

    Real-time demand-based operation for urban rail

    Alvaro Urech
    Innovation manager
    Alstom
    SPAIN
    Optimet passenger demand-based regulation is based on a new approach to operation: matching passenger demand with transport supply in real time. On one hand, Optimet dwell-time optimiser detects the completion of the passenger exchange phase, as well as the platform overcrowding situation. This data is then stored for subsequent timetable optimisation or sent to the ATS for use in real-time operation. Optimet, by Alstom, provides a regulation module capable of calculating, in real time, the optimum dwell times and journey times between stations, according to the density of passengers on the platform at any given moment.

    12:10

    Network Netherlands 2040 – an integral ‘public’ transport perspective

    Emile Jutten
    Commerce and development programme manager NetwerkNL 2040
    NS Rail
    NETHERLANDS
    Many trends will influence mobility: urbanisation, asymmetric regional economic prosperity, the demand for decarbonisation and the need to increase air quality, sharing instead of ownership. Moreover, numerous high-impact developments cannot be predicted. The biggest questions will relate to the speed of introduction of shared autonomous electric vehicles (SAEVs), big data and IT innovations. Threats or opportunities? The ‘old-school’ train product has to prove its added value – again. In the Netherlands we have already moved to a timetable of ‘a train every 10 minutes’ on the main corridors. However, we may have to double that in some areas and change our offering in others, embracing the SAEVs as a complementary product. A new integral ‘public’ transport network in 2040?

    12:35 - 13:50

    Lunch

    Moderator

    River Tamoor Baig
    CEO and founder
    Hack Partners
    UK

    13:50

    Future horizons – setting passenger expectations for new experiences

    Paul Priestman
    Designer and chairman
    PriestmanGoode
    UK
    With the rapidly changing landscape of future transport, Paul will look at new forms of high-speed transport such as hyperloop and the opportunities presented by autonomous vehicles and passenger drones, and discuss the impact they will have on passenger experiences.

    14:15

    Next-generation trains are virtually coupled

    Dr Joachim Winter
    Senior scientist - Institute of Vehicle Concepts
    DLR - German Aerospace Center
    GERMANY
    There is political will worldwide to increase the freight transport volume on cargo railways. To achieve this goal the travel speed of goods has to be significantly increased. One key issue is more automation of production processes to sustain much faster cargo handling. This will aggravate the existing bottleneck of available railway lines in some areas, for example on harbour–hinterland routes. Especially with mixed traffic of passenger and freight trains, the traffic may stagnate. The technical solution for future operation could be more flexible moving block signalling (or direct train-to-train communication) and virtual coupling, even of different train types. This would allow for significantly increased utilisation of the existing railway network.

    14:40

    Reimagining the rail experience

    Jeremy White
    Transport director
    SeymourPowell
    UK
    The seismic impact that emergent technologies will have on passenger needs and behaviour pose very challenging questions for rail companies looking to the future. Rigid infrastructure and long investment cycles bring with them an inherent inflexibility, leaving rail companies vulnerable to disruptive new technologies and business models. Although the specifics of how AV and MaaS will affect our world remain uncertain, rail executives facing investment decisions today must prepare for the convenience, affordability and intense competition that the advent of robots will bring. Can rail companies compete in this world? If so, how must they adapt? What strategies must they adopt? Through hard-nosed imagination and ambitious innovation, we see robust business opportunities ahead for rail companies operating within the mobility ecosystem of the future. We believe this will be rooted in the elevated passenger experience, but we must innovate to get there. These topics will be explored, unpacked and illustrated with examples and anecdotes to demonstrate how human-centred design, innovation and visionary thinking can allow rail businesses to think further ahead and ambitiously define their future for themselves.

    15:05 - 15:45

    Break

    15:45

    How you might be the barrier to innovation in rail

    River Tamoor Baig
    CEO and founder
    Hack Partners
    UK
    The UK rail industry needs to innovate or it will die. Many people will question this. After all, the UK rail industry has one of the best safety records in Europe, customers keep paying rail fares and customer satisfaction keeps going up. However, customers now expect the same level of service from rail that they do from their taxi app, broadband provider or takeaway delivery service. We have identified five key barriers to innovation for this presentation: (1) Procurement frameworks; (2) Data access; (3) Non output-driven funding landscape; (4) A resistant rail culture; (5) The franchising system.

    16:10

    Methodological disruptions to anticipate the future rail market and policy needs

    Ming Chen
    Senior consultant/project manager
    TNO
    NETHERLANDS
    In the coming decade disruption innovations will bring significant changes to the traditional structures of the economic and social system. These disruptions will also drastically change the stakeholder arena in different sectors. At the same time, methodologies to anticipate the future are often based on historical data (so historical patterns) and input from the current stakeholders. A general methodological paradigm shift is needed to solve this contradiction. For the rail sector this leads to the need to adjust and a careful assessment of the traditional, generally accepted methodologies; new risks but also new possibilities should be anticipated. The presentation will be based on experiences from the H2020 Smart Rail project and a TNO project on ‘disruptive innovations and improved forecasting methodologies (DISMOD)’.

    16:35 - 17:10

    Panel Discussion

    How will rail operators rise to the increasing challenge from autonomous vehicles, ride sharing, low cost air travel, and autonomous aerial taxi’s in the future? How can new and next generation technologies help increase capacity of rail.

    Moderators:

    River Tamoor Baig
    CEO and founder
    Hack Partners
    UK

    Panelists:

    Charles Mander
    Head of innovation
    Dutch Railway (NS Rail)
    NETHERLANDS
    Alvaro Urech
    Innovation manager
    Alstom
    SPAIN
    Alexei Korn
    Senior strategy manager
    Swiss Federal Railways
    SWITZERLAND
    Please Note: This conference programme may be subject to change