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12th World Congress on Railway Research

Tokyo, Japan


The Shift2Rail stand at World Congress on Railway Research was officially opened by Commissioner Violeta Bulc in the presence of Ambassador Patricia Flor, Head of EU Delegation to Japan.



The stand presented a selection of Shift2Rail innovations emanating from projects undertaken by our Members and other stakeholders, all with a focus on the promising future of a sustainable railway system. Ensuring sustainability means working on solutions to fill the empty tracks. Achieving this will lead to a reduction in lifecycle costs, and an increase in capacity and punctuality – the ingredients to fuel Shift2Rail’s vision of bringing about the most sustainable, cost-efficient, high-performing and competitive customer-centred transport mode for Europe.

During this occasion Shift2Rail’s Executive Director, Carlo Borghini also launched Shift2Rail’s Catalogue of Solutions, which brings together the innovative products and approaches which Shift2Rail has been working on together with Members and key stakeholders to deliver transformed rail systems.

Shift2Rail’s Executive Director, Carlo Borghini, participated in a panel focusing on R&D for Future Railways on the 31 October from 10.20-11.40. Moreover, the papers of 15 Shift2Rail projects were accepted to the conference, and were presented in oral sessions or interactive poster presentations. The “Adaptable Train Communication Systems” paper won one of the nine awards out of 300 papers.

The World Congress on Rail Research in Tokyo from 28 October – 1 November, brought together more than 1000 visitors and stakeholders on rail Research & Innovation from all over the world, including manufacturers, network managers, operators, as well as research institutions and universities.