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Focusing on the future

In the last of our week of interactive live discussions, on September 25 Railway Gazette will review the themes which have emerged over the course of the five days, and seek to explore the key short and medium-term opportunities and risks facing the global rail sector.

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    William Wilson CEO, Siemens Mobility Limited
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    Milda Manomaityte Technical & Policy Manager, Railway Industry Association
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    Libor Lochman Executive Director, CER
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    Felix Schmid Professor, Dip.El.Ing.ETH, PhD, CEng., FIMechE, FIRSE, Eurailing, University of Birmingham
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    Nick Kingsley Managing Editor, Railway Gazette Group
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Rail after Covid-19

In the first session of our Rail Broadcast Week, we will seek to assess the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the global rail sector. We will examine how far the ongoing crisis could lead to fundamental changes to the way transport networks function, how they are funded and what their role is. We will also consider whether rail operators should expect a gradual return to pre-crisis travel patterns, or whether the sector must prepare for a ‘new normal’.

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    Nick Kingsley Managing Editor, Railway Gazette Group
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    Philippe Lorand Senior Advisor, International Union of Railways
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    Keir Fitch Head of Rail Safety & Interoperability , European Commission
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    William Dachs Chief Executive Officer, Gautrain Management Agency
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    Simon Kendler London & South East Chair, Young Rail Professionals
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Innovation in rail freight

Assessing the outlook for global rail freight in the 2020s. With its profile having been lifted by the coronavirus pandemic, rail freight plays a key role in maintaining global logistics chains. But freight applications differ markedly across the world, from heavy commodity traffic in Russia and North America to an increasing focus on intermodal operations in Europe. In this session, our diverse panel of specialists will examine the key trends.

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    Maggie Simpson Director General, Rail Freight Group
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    Michael Iden Consultant, Tier 5 Locomotive LLC
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    Raghu Dayal Senior Fellow, Asian Institute of Transport Development
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    Nick Kingsley Managing Editor, Railway Gazette Group
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The future of passenger rail

We consider the future of passenger rail in the 2020s. There can be little doubt that the coronavirus pandemic has shaken faith in public transport, but rail remains fundamentally attractive for its ability to move people efficiently with minimal land take and an extremely low carbon footprint. This discussion will assess the outlook for passenger operators and how they might adjust to a ‘new normal’.

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    Alexandre Savard Director, GIRO
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    Johannah Randall Strategy Board, Rail Innovation Group
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    Steve White Chief Operating Officer, Govia Thameslink Railway
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    Nick Brooks Secretary General, ALLRAIL
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    Chris Jackson Editor-in-Chief, Railway Gazette International
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Keys to Commercial Success in Covid-19 Recovery

The session will cover the keys to commercial success as the rail sector prepares for a ‘new normal’. We will consider fundamental changes brought by the ongoing crisis, including profound shifts to how rail commercial teams function; changing customer expectations and how commercial teams can most effectively accommodate those new expectations; and where commercial teams should prioritize new investments. We will also discuss how technology can accelerate recovery, and how rail operators can drive value during a gradual return to pre-crisis travel patterns.

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    Dax Cross CEO at Revenue Analytics, Inc.
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    Eric Campbell-Westlind Head of Revenue Optimisation, London North Eastern Railway
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    Declan Whelan Head of Pricing, Abellio Group
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    Nick Kingsley Managing Editor, Railway Gazette Group
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Urban Track Design: Avoiding familiar pitfalls

Pandrol works collaboratively with customers to create a safer future for rail infrastructure, supplying innovative solutions, market-leading products and advice designed to maximise efficiencies, safety and uptime around the world. Sharing their experience from delivering solutions for urban transits across the world, the discussion will showcase potential solutions to the common challenges faced by track operators, installers and designers.

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    Thomas Lorent Head of Transit Steering Group , Pandrol
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    Lucie Richardson Director of Marketing & Sales Excellence , Pandrol
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    John Porrill Head of Fastening Systems, Pandrol
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    Chris Jackson Editor-in-Chief, Railway Gazette International
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Paving the way to FRMCS

Several railway operators are on the way to digitalization and automation of their railway operations, they are already running special programs, such as Smart Rail 4.0, Digitale Schiene, DigiRail, etc. These programs allow future services to run even more reliably, increase capacity on the existing rail networks, improve safety for employees and optimize system costs. FRMCS, enabled by the latest mobile communication technology – 5G – plays a central role by not only replacing the legacy GSM-R communication system, but also by allowing the implementation of a broad range of new use cases, such as ATO, IoT and remote operation.

Nevertheless, the introduction path will be phased. Coexistence and extended lifecycle of current generation systems will run for quite a few years on a parallel track. FRMCS technology will be tested and gradually deployed throughout the network and rolling stock fleet until GSM-R switches off.

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    Michael Kloecker Head of E2E Solution Management for Railways, Nokia
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    Claudio Bassani Vertical Solution Expert Transportation, Nokia
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    Nick Kingsley Managing Editor, Railway Gazette Group
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Sustainable, seamless and safe mobility for more liveable cities

As more and more of the world's population moves into cities, a major challenge is to create integrated mobility systems - with rail solutions at their core - that make transport from door to door seamless, safe and sustainable. In this session we discuss how we can create or shape cities where people really wish to live. Cities in which jobs, shops, entertainment and green zones are easy to access via multimodal means of transportation. And in a dialogue with industry experts, we also explore how to increase the COVID-19 resilience of transportation in cities.

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    Michael Peter CEO, Siemens Mobility
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    Tom Moran Managing Director, Thameslink & Great Northern Railway
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    Mark Swindell Chief Executive Officer, Rock Rail
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    Nick Kingsley Managing Editor, Railway Gazette Group
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Sustainable, seamless and safe mobility for more liveable cities

- In action

In this session we combine three individual case studies and look at best practice examples with an impact on urban mobility. We discuss how MaaS platforms for intermodal mobility can help build urban transportation networks. We reassess safe urban travel by looking at how existing and future technology can help ensure clean air in trains. And we also explore light rail in an urban context. Along these examples, we seek to understand: Which lessons cities and transportation systems can learn from each other, in order to make transport in cities safer, more sustainable and seamless.

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    Thomas Wolf Head of Sales Intermodal Solutions, Siemens Mobility
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    Peter Parker Director of Asset Management and Assurance, Siemens Mobility
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    Thomas Wasser Project Manager Platform & Business Development, Hybrid Drive Technologies/ Siemens Mobility
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    Nick Kingsley Managing Editor, Railway Gazette Group
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Efficient rail solutions for a sustainable future

Find out how to save money through innovative, safe and sustainable rail operations.

Join 3M and industry experts to learn how to drive cost savings through sustainable solutions for enhanced passenger experience, increased safety, reduced downtime and simplified cleaning of rail cars.

The measure of success in rail transport is no longer solely defined by a fast and reliable service. It now requires excellence throughout the total passenger and worker experience, including comfort, safety, cleanliness and the visual appeal that attracts customers to come on board… and keeps them coming back.

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    Rohit Ramdey Global Marketing Manager – Transportation, 3M Commercial Solutions Division
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    Daniel MacInnes Design Director, PriestmanGoode
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    Rudi Aben Segment Manager Commercial Building & Rail, 3M
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    Nick Kingsley Managing Editor, Railway Gazette Group