The railway: backbone of the boost to the economy and sustainable mobility

The year 2020 enters its final stretch. In a global context such as the current one, national and international administrations have highlighted the importance of designing investment programmes that help achieve a more sustainable economy. Within the recovery plans that are carried out, one of the objectives is to achieve a more environmentally friendly transport with the railway at its core. This is one of the reasons why this December the leading representatives of the sector meet once again on Rail Live! 2020, a professional platform, whose virtual edition on this occasion will serve to analyse the role this mode will play in the new mobility policies and the challenges to which it must respond. The event, organised by Terrapinn in collaboration with Mafex, reaches new highs, as it is expected that 4,000 people from more than 85 countries will be able to join the event. Under the slogan “Technology, innovation and strategy for the railway supply chain”, experts will again take the pulse of one of the leading sectors, the railway.

The growing importance of sustainability and digitalisation is also reflected in the transport plans of various countries such as Spain. Thus, the new “Mobility Strategy 2030: Safe, Sustainable and Connected” was born. José Luis Ábalos, the Minister of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda,  (MITMA), lays out in the interview given to Mafex magazine all the details of this guide that will mark the actions of his area during the next decade. This report also reflects the position and proposals of the Spanish railway industry in the face of this new strategy. In addition, there is the opinion of a wide range of Mafex partners on the importance that the railway will have in the future of mobility.

This last issue of 2020 takes stock of our different activities. On November 11th we held the annual Members Meeting where last year’s progress was presented, as well as the incorporation of the new members and the evolution of activities 2020 – 2021.

In terms of innovation, the RailActivation project is making progress successfully. Mafex has also become a new member of the Railway Alliance to define the working skills required to promote a single European railway space. And in this line of cooperation, we take part in the EXXTRA project that aims to contribute to the professionalisation of the competencies and services of clusters.

Along with the progress of the association, 17 member companies present on these pages their latest projects and developments and seven others publicise R&D projects in which they work.

We end a year marked by an unprecedented situation where the sector has been able to respond effectively and to provide a service with the highest safety guarantees. It is now the turn to look to the future with hope, to work hard and to build a sustainable mobility for all.