Skip to main content
Close contact information
Get in touch

Josef Hargrave

Global foresight manager

Phone icon +44 (0) 20 7636 1531
Close contact information

Future of Rail 2050

Future of Rail 2050

Josef Hargrave
Global Foresight Manager
foresight@arup.com
+44 (0) 20 7636 1531

What is the future of rail 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.