The conference programme of the 5th International Railway Summit brings together a wide range of key topics under the theme
"Social and Economic Sustainability for Rail Transport". Industry leaders and experts in innovation will discuss the pressing issues facing the rail sector today.
High speed rail projects are in planning, construction and operation all over the globe, shrinking countries and connecting the world. This session will explore whether such large-scale investments can offer true value for money to Governments, investors, operators, and passengers. Details of the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore HSR project will be announced, while experienced HSR operators will share their knowledge.
As the world gets smaller and the Asian railway sector booms, providing connectivity between individual national networks by coordinating regulations, standards and technical procedures can create prosperity for all. Track gauges and alignment, signalling and electrification, data usage and competing ideas for standardisation are among the issues that will be debated. We will also hear about how Europe has enabled people, products and ideas to travel more freely.
The world is becoming more and more connected, from people to everyday objects from your mobile phone and laptop to your car and toaster. A digital revolution is taking place, public transport and the way passengers consume services has not been immune to these changes.
Mobility as a Service or Maas is enabled by combining transportation services from public and private moving providers through a unified gateway that creates and manages the trip from door to door, which users can pay for with a single account. This is increasingly promoted as an opportunity to reduce demand for travel by private car, and hence to reduce car traffic in cities.
Rail has obviously a role to play !How can we, as Railway sector, facilitate passenger’s transportation? How digital impacts on everyday life? What are the risks associated with digitization?
The population living in towns and cities is growing at an increasingly fast pace. It is predicted that 86% of the developed world and 64% of the developing world will reside in urban centres in 2050, a tremendous challenge for all urban transport planners, operators and technical innovators. How best can the rail sector meet the demand for greater capacity whilst keeping congestion at a minimum?
In an acutely competitive and cost-aware marketplace, choosing the right means of investment is essential for the success of an infrastructure project both at the beginning of its life cycle and for decades of operation to come. Whether securing funds from governments, via PPPs, private investment banks, concessions or other sources, this session will offer valuable insight on how best a project and its end-customers can be served. Asia’s largest infrastructure and freight project, One Belt One Road, will also be discussed in this session.
Procurement strategies for major rail projects have traditionally been focused on risk managements - saving time and cost and minimizing cost and schedule overruns for owners and contractors. The bankability of major rail projects has not been emphasized, due largely to state funding of these projects and expectations that these projects are part of public service for the people and not for profit. However, with significant increase in cost and complexity of these projects, and the push to continue with the expansion of rail networks and services, governments are finding it hard to fund all the costs.
This has resulted in an increase in rail projects looking at other sources to finance the massive initial capital expenditures.
It is therefore imperative that owners’ procurement strategies take into consideration the financing requirements and implement the correct legal, commercial and technical structures and risk allocations. Our discussion will focus on the key differences between possible financing packages and how to address their requirements in owners’ procurement strategies.
With greater demand for more efficient transport and greater connectivity, can any transport mode truly be successful by itself? This session will hear from those who have designed and run transport hubs, and from companies whose ideas and services look to fill the need for greater connection and greater convenience.