This week we are proud to be co-hosting our sixth edition of ‘Rail School’ in partnership with TransportNET, the University of Antwerp's international network of transport research groups.
Around 35 delegates will be taking part in a series of presentations, debates, practical workshops and site visits focused on the key challenges for Europe's rail industry.
The aim of this residential five-day course is to provide a broader look at the trends affecting the sector by mixing academic theory with operational decision making. It is an opportunity for seasoned industry professionals to study alongside academics and PhD students who are looking to build gain practical insight into how rail businesses operate.
Themed days include ‘Policy and Regulation’, ‘Sustainability’ and ‘Digitalisation’ and upcoming seminars include:
- The effects of inter- and intramodal competition on prices and frequencies in the regional rail market
- Creating a competitive environment for rail freight
- Autonomous vehicles (cyber security)
- High-speed line & ERTMS: KPIs of cost-efficiency of rail investments
- Updates on the 4th Railway Package
- Cross acceptance of rolling stock and equipment between rail networks
A number of the sessions will be led by Ricardo colleagues, including Edward de Jong, Peter Zijdemans, Simon Gandy, Alexander Bal, Jos van Gisbergen, Hans Kuijpers, Tom Jansen and Maarten Spaargaren.
Other session leaders include representatives from Infrabel, Railtraxx, De Lijn and Strukton.
The Rail School is hosted every other year, with the first event taking place in 2009.