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 2: Wednesday 20 June

    Conference Room 1/2 - Level 2 Innovation, New Technology & Digitization – The Future for Rail


    Nick Brooks
    Secretary general
    Allrail (Alliance of Rail New Entrants)


    The impact of new mobility technologies on rail infrastructure projects

    Richard George
    Managing Director, Global Rail & Transit
    SNC-Lavalin Rail & Transit
    There are a number of exciting ideas around new transport and mobility solutions for the future. This presentation looks at some of these developments from the perspective of a railway infrastructure builder and operator of 'old technology' – but also as an engineering company involved in the development of practical applications of the 'new technologies'. It examines the impact of the new technologies on railway infrastructure and mass transit and at the interfaces between public and private transport.


    Shift2Rail is driving EU innovation into the rail system

    Giorgio Travaini
    Head of research and innovation
    Shift2Rail Joint Undertaking
    Shift2Rail is the first European Union initiative joining the rail sector and public funding to deliver focused R&I and market-driven solutions by accelerating the integration of new and advanced technologies into innovative rail solutions. It is a €1bn initiative that looks beyond R&I towards a plan for system deployment of its solutions; a forward-looking rethinking of the future of the railway system. The R&I work from blue-sky research to the highest TRLs is conducted in an integrated programme structured in five asset-specific innovation programmes (IPs) and one horizontal activity (CCA) that deliver technology demonstrators.


    Service design to make rail prevail

    Klaus Garstenauer
    Head of commuter and regional traffic
    ÖBB-Personenverkehr AG
    In recent years, rail passenger traffic has made substantial progress throughout emerging and developed markets. Yet modal split still remains widely unaltered in favour of private motor vehicles. To win over passengers, rail services will not only need to be frequent and reliable but also smart, stylish and compatible with a contemporary lifestyle. Digitisation may help greatly but first and foremost, hardware (i.e. trains and stations) has to be fixed and services produced with high standards of quality. Based on these requirements, connectivity and available onboard content may provide a USP over competing modes.


    Railway stations as catalysts for regeneration

    Jonathan Chatfield
    Head of policy
    Rail Delivery Group
    RDG research on the contribution of railway stations to local communities has shown how they can support economic growth and commercial development, enable housing delivery and enhance the quality of a place. Stations have the potential to be catalysts for change and regeneration. They are deeply entwined with their local communities and act as gateways to both town and railway.

    10:40 - 11:20



    Shaping the digital future of transport

    Russell Goodenough
    Client managing director - transport sector
    Russell believes that the future of transport lies in digital technologies. From the infrastructure our trains roll on, the safety of the people using and working on the rail to the systems improving passenger experience – digitisation will provide abundant efficiencies for rail organisations and opportunities for commercialisation while improving the customer experience. Explore how digital is driving operational efficiency, employee productivity and business growth and how innovations such as MaaS, account-based travel, hyper-connectivity and AI will shape the future of transport. Learn about the technologies that will disrupt the transport industry and what you can do to stay ahead of the curve.


    Designing an appealing train interior for the future passenger

    Mark van Hagen
    Principal consultant customer experience
    Dutch Railway (NS Rail)
    Joost van der Made
    Head of concept development
    Dutch Railways (NS Rail)
    Train passengers spend their time on the train in different ways, so it is important to design and make sure that the interior of the train is adaptable in such a way that passengers can spend their time in the most useful and pleasant way possible in the future, even when the train is crowded. NS (Dutch Railways) uses an innovative approach with the goal being to design an appealing environment for the future passenger, even when some are standing up on congested routes. We will show the first results of this unique design thinking in a mockup that we showed during the international Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven last year; we will also share the feedback of DDW visitors.


    ESSI – development vision for rail services in southern Finland

    Christoph Krause
    Traffic planner
    Ramboll Finland Oy
    The project aims to develop traffic service strategies for 2025 and 2040 for the commuter train services in the southern part of Finland. The description of needed investments for rail infrastructure, signalling and rolling stock over the next 25 years enabled the Finnish Transport Authority and several other stakeholders to establish the long-term strategy of the railway system in southern Finland ready for the future’s increased traffic demand. The size and level of detail of the analysis make it one of the biggest railway strategy projects that has been done in Finland.

    12:35 - 13:40



    Nick Brooks
    Secretary general
    Allrail (Alliance of Rail New Entrants)


    Designing a resilient metropolitan rail service

    Dr Selby Coxon
    Director Mobility Design Lab
    Monash University
    This presentation discusses the work of the Monash University Mobility Design Lab based in Melbourne, Australia, concerning the design of resilient rolling stock for high-capacity city networks. Rolling stock procurement and operation is an enormously expensive undertaking. Using cutting-edge design methodologies and strategies, interior accommodation can be created to be adaptable and updatable in a variety of ways. The use of 3D printing of components, asset protection from vandalism and passenger load management are part of a 'resilient' approach to rolling stock design researched by the Monash University Mobility Design Lab.


    Promoting a European single rail area in ticketing

    Neil Murrin
    General counsel and director, regulatory affairs
    The European Commission has taken the bold step of introducing legislation in the form of various railway packages that are designed to open up the EU passenger rail market to increased competition. Trainline fully supports these objectives. We believe that independent digital rail platforms like ourselves (and others) providing innovative and impartial rail information and booking services to consumers, are fully aligned with this goal. We will explain how a viable, independent and impartial retail market for train tickets is fundamental to the success of these policy objectives.

    14:30 - 15:10



    Forecasting railway markets – how to picture the future?

    Karl Strang
    Senior consultant
    SCI Verkehr GmbH
    Since 1994, SCI Verkehr GmbH has been specialising in strategic consultancy services, monitoring and forecasts in the global railway markets for use by manufacturers, financiers and operators. In 2003, the first worldwide forecast of the markets for products and services of railway technology was published. Valid information on future developments requires broad and profound knowledge on technology, operation, macroeconomics and business administration. New and disruptive developments in the railway and consulting industries are challenging methodology and skills. This presentation summarises the state of the art and the next steps to be expected in railway market forecasting.


    Autonomous LRT operation

    Nils Jänig
    Director - transport
    LRT operation in urban environments is challenged by a great deal of interaction with other traffic modes. Automatic or autonomous operation is difficult to achieve compared with metros. Current driver assistance systems can be seen as a first step for LRT. Based on the BOStrab, this presentation provides an overview of the technical, regulatory and safety aspects that need to be dealt with for future automatic LRT operation in cities.

    16:00 - 16:40

    Panel Discussion

    How will disruptive and digital technology shape the future for the rail industry. New business models and co-operation with other forms of urban and inter-urban mobility solutions and last-mile solution challenges.


    Nick Brooks
    Secretary general
    Allrail (Alliance of Rail New Entrants)


    Klaus Garstenauer
    Head of commuter and regional traffic
    ÖBB-Personenverkehr AG
    Russell Goodenough
    Client managing director - transport sector
    Ming Chen
    Senior consultant/project manager
    Please Note: This conference programme may be subject to change