RSSB’s Chief Executive Officer Mark Phillips has launched a new series of articles exploring issues of automation on Britain’s railways.
The new weekly series of insights are designed to foster dialogue within the industry and with others, particularly on social media, by prompting thought about the future threats and opportunities which will impact rail’s destiny.
Automation is seen by many as a critical element of how the railways will develop, but the subject is not uncontroversial nor without challenges, illustrated most recently by debates about Driver Controlled Operation (DCO).
In its new horizon-scanning series launched today, RSSB hopes to prompt constructive debate about risk, accessibility, personal security, impact on jobs as well as explore experience from other railways and industries. Automation is the first topic to be examined, with others in the pipeline.
In his introductory article, Mark explains that industry, “is asking us to raise our game further and to look ’over the horizon’ and go beyond day-to-day issues and immediate challenges, and consider future threats and opportunities.”
It’s hoped the series will prompt constructive debate about how the industry can be better prepared for the future.