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Pipeline resilience – the answer to all of rail’s problems?

The pipeline of rail work in New Zealand has fluctuated in recent decades; along with it, the supply of specialised workers needed to fulfil it. Despite the increasing popularity of rail, shifting political priorities have created a ‘stop and go’ industry, often with large gaps in between major projects. In turn, talent has frequently departed…

28 Nov 2023, by Amy Sarcevic

Technology | Transport & Logistics

How Siemens Mobility is improving the emissions, safety and security profile of rail

Climate change, cybercrime, and safety in the rail industry are not easy problems to solve, but thanks to the efforts of Siemens Mobility, they are becoming much easier. In recognition of the enormous role rail plays in our clean energy future, the technology vendor has designed a range of solutions to make transport options cleaner…

6 Nov 2023, by Amy Sarcevic

Transport & Logistics

Overcoming barriers to a national level crossing strategy in New Zealand – what needs to happen?

Last year there were ten fatalities and 305 near misses on level crossings in New Zealand – annual figures that have been relatively stable over the last decade. While there is general agreement that improving safety at level crossings is important, the task is ostensibly complex, says Gini Welch of Waka Kotahi – a moderator…

3 Nov 2023, by Amy Sarcevic

Transport & Logistics

What measures need to be taken to optimise the Auckland rail network?

Auckland’s transport network is the most congested of any New Zealand city, with cars accounting for 67 percent of CBD travel and motorway trip lengths up 10 percent over the last four years. The city’s rail network is also congested, comprising a mix of metro, passenger, and freight trains – some stopping frequently and puncturing…

31 Oct 2023, by Amy Sarcevic

Transport & Logistics

Railway Safety Enhanced by Human Factors

At the helm of one of the world's most widely used modes of transportation are the people that ensure its security and functionality. Therefore, human factors cannot be underestimated. They encompass everything from the design and operation of equipment to the work environment and organisational culture. The analysis of human factors involves a comprehensive understanding…

4 Oct 2023, by Kristen Gutierrez

Transport & Logistics

Why no rail worker is immune from the digital skill shortage

Demand for digital skills in the rail sector is set to grow 54 percent over the next five years, creating space for an additional 70,000 workers. But as Patrick Kidd and Alison Wall of the Future Skills Organisation point out, it is not only new staff that will need technical acumen. With drones, AI and…

22 Aug 2023, by Amy Sarcevic

Transport & Logistics

New era of rail: how US inter city rail road operator Amtrak is preparing for climate war

When Hurricane Ida struck eight US states in 2021, the rail industry was among the hardest hit, losing millions of dollars in operational downtime and structural damage to infrastructure. Amtrak, America’s intercity passenger rail road operator, was among the companies affected, incurring seven-figure damage to various stations and severe service disruptions, as water submerged stretches…

14 Aug 2023, by Amy Sarcevic

Transport & Logistics

How Keolis Downer Yarra Trams is striving to surpass customer expectations on Melbourne’s tram network

Melbourne’s tram network, Yarra Trams, is the largest in the world with more than 250 kilometres of double track and a fleet of around 500 vehicles. Operated by Keolis Downer - a joint venture between international transport operator Keolis and Australian infrastructure giant Downer – it employs roughly 2,600 people, including 1,200 drivers. Delivering up…

17 Jul 2023, by Amy Sarcevic

Transport & Logistics

The Future of Australia’s Transport System Hinges on AI & Digital Transformation

As it enters and exits a Sydney station, every Waratah train silently gathers data and records video with more than 300 Internet of Things (IoT) sensors and nearly 90 cameras. The Australian rail sector has always been at the fulcrum of progress in the nation's infrastructure, serving as an essential conduit for both passenger transit…

10 Jul 2023, by Kristen Gutierrez

Transport & Logistics

What to expect from Transport for Brisbane’s turn-up-and-go Metro

Australia’s fastest growing city, Brisbane, is soon set to launch its nation-first Metro service, connecting eighteen stations throughout the central business district (CBD) and surrounding suburbs. The all-electric transport solution with zero tailpipe emissions will create capacity for an additional 30 million journeys by 2031, saving an estimated 50,000 tonnes of greenhouse emissions over twenty…

4 Jul 2023, by Amy Sarcevic
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