A publication examining global megatrends and their likely impact on the future of rail. It explores how rail travel might evolve over time for passengers and freight. The thought-piece takes a user perspective, bringing future scenarios to life with fictional user journeys in 2050.
What are the megatrends that will influence the way people live, work, travel and consume information in the future?
How will infrastructure and rail systems cope with the rising demand for passenger and freight capacity?
How will rail fare in a world experiencing an increase in the frequency and intensity of extreme weather events?
Megatrends such as rapid urbanisation, population growth, technological advances and climate change have far-reaching implications for the future world in which rail will operate. Beyond these macro forces, changes will also be driven by the evolving needs and expectations of future passengers.
Future of Rail 2050 focuses on the passenger experience, and sets out a forward-looking, inspiring vision for rail. The user journeys imagined here are intended to generate a conversation about the world ahead and provide the big picture context for future planning and decision-making by governments and the rail industry. The hope is that the rail industry will move forward with innovation based not solely on past experiences but also on future possibilities and preferred outcomes.
The Future of Rail 2050 is a thought-piece created in collaboration with Arup Rail and input from collaborators across the world.
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