Ben Jones, CNN, Published 29th May 2022
(CNN) — Faster, cleaner, greener and packed with advanced technology; rail is the only transport mode currently well placed to provide the backbone of our future mobility needs.
But, while a few niche projects promise ultra high-speed travel, much of the industry is focused on keeping the world’s increasingly urbanized population moving while simultaneously limiting the effects of climate change.
And then there’s the pandemic. Like many other sectors of the travel industry, train operators across the globe have experienced one of their toughest-ever periods over the last two years.
Passenger numbers collapsed overnight in 2020 as lockdowns prevented commuters and leisure travelers from leaving home. Two years on, Monday to Friday commuting looks to be a thing of the past as many of us choose to work from home or spend just a couple of days a week in the office.