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Inland Rail to transform freight transport in Australia

Between 2016 and 2030, road freight in Australia is expected to grow by 40 percent while non-containerised exports from major ports will grow 90 percent. However, the existing east-coast railway was not designed to take long-heavy trains and is constrained by a 19th century alignment. To cope with the growing freight volume and to establish a competitive rail freight service …

Martha Lawrence, World Bank

World Bank to be anchor investor in India’s Railway Development Fund

With the aim of modernizing and expanding rail infrastructure in India, the World Bank and Indian Railways announced early this year a partnership to create a Railway Development Fund that will partly finance the $142 billion investment plans for India’s core infrastructure development. While the size of the fund was not divulged, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu has indicated that it …

Man in Station

ITDP on transit-oriented development in China

The growth of cities around the world has been characterised by unsustainable, car-dependent and transit-poor urban sprawl. To remedy this, transit-oriented development is a fast growing trend and approach that fosters a compact, walkable, mixed-use community centred around a transit station or within transit corridors. One such organisation that champions for transit-oriented development is Institute for Transportation & Development Policy …

Michele Hanson TFL

The growing threat of cyber attacks on rail systems

Extensive use of IT and automated computer systems in the rail industry, coupled with increasing adoption of emerging technologies like machine to machine sensors, Internet of Things and artificial intelligence, has led to greater levels of operational efficiency and optimisation. Like a double-edged sword, it also introduced new vulnerabilities to the systems, increasing the risk of malicious cyber attacks that could damage rail …

MTR Train Station

Deploying AI to manage complex maintenance schedules

In a typical week, 10,000 engineers are deployed to carry out maintenance works on Hong Kong’s subway systems. The boss who singly schedules tasks for thousands of workers is an AI program, designed by Andy Chun of Hong Kong’s City University and partnered with MTR Corporation to integrate it into their systems. The tasks used to be scheduled by humans. In fact, …

CC Chang Asia Pacific Rail 2017

Improving connectivity: Towards an “almost-connected” passenger journey

We live in an increasingly connected world and this feeds into a constant need to access the internet on-the-go to receive the latest updates on our news feed and social media channels. On the daily train commute to work or long inter-city train journeys, passengers are often seen plugging in to their devices. Recognising that connectivity is a priority for passengers …

Lincoln Leong MTR Corporation Asia Pacific Rail

Lincoln Leong to keynote Asia Pacific Rail 2017

Without a doubt, Hong Kong’s MTR Corporation Limited is regarded globally as one of the most well-designed, operated and successful metro systems in the world. Their system has been praised as world-class in terms of profitability, operation service and rail-property integration. It boasts an impressive 99.9% reliability rate and has been viewed as a model of reliability for rail operators …