Advances in Railway Infrastructure Engineering
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 29 February 2024 | Viewed by 6120
Interests: railway traffic organization; integrated passenger transport; traffic statistics
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Climate change is significantly affecting our planet. Decarbonisation is an important focus for decelerating climate change. The transport sector is one of the highest producers of negative climate effects. One of the solutions for lowering the impact of transport on climate issues is changing the paradigm that road transport is always the right answer. Therefore, in recent decades, different modal shift models have been developed to decrease road transport usage in favour of other more ecologically friendly modes, such as railway and inland waterways.
One of the possible solutions is the railway. The railway system is complex and sometimes does not adapt to necessary changes in business models. Today, business models favour the common idea of sustainability, and therefore the railway system’s more old-fashioned business model urgently needs to change.
One of the most complex aspects of the railway system is infrastructure. Infrastructure is fixed equipment that is necessary for running the trains. Very often, some parts of the infrastructure are more than 100 years old but are still able to run the trains. Scholars, therefore, should address the question of whether it is both safe and economical to continue to use these old parts.
Very often, railway lines are overhauled, but after a few years the necessary maintenance ceases, and as a result the speed of the train lines is reduced. This therefore leads to a second question for scholars: “What are the feasible models for maintaining railway lines at their original standards?”.
For future decarbonization, we need now to take a step in the right direction. We call for research on all kinds of aspects of railway infrastructure and new sustainable infrastructure for railway systems.
Prof. Dr. Borna Abramović
Dr. Piotr Gorzelańczyk
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- railway traffic
- railway system
- railway management
- railway infrastructure
- railway maintenance models
- the economy of railway infrastructure
- financing of railway infrastructure
- sustainable railway system