THE EVENT FEATURED AN INTENSE PROGRAMME OF CONFERENCE AND PANELS WHERE THE NEW TRENDS IN RAIL TRANSPORT AND THE MAIN CHALLENGES FOR THE FUTURE. THE DIGITALISATION AND SUSTAINABLE MOBILITY WERE SOME OF THE TOPICS DISCUSSED BY MORE THAN 200 SPEAKERS.
The 2021 edition was attended by more than 3,300 people from 35 countries, more than 200 speakers and an exhibition area where more than 200 companies presented their solutions and products.
The 2021 edition of Rail Live was the best attended show in the history of the event. After a 20 month hiatus, the industry assembled in Madrid to reconnect and forward the aims of sustainability, liberalisation and digitisation.
Key challenges facing the Spanish and European markets were unpacked across 8 thematic conference tracks tackling issues such as the funding and finance of new projects, novel energy models used to power rollingstock and digital technologies disrupting operations.
Under the title “Technology, innovation and strategy for the entire rail supply chain” the event was opened by the by the Minister of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda, Raquel Sánchez.
In addition, the event was organised in collaboration with Adif, Renfe, the Spanish Railway Foundation, the Spanish Railway Technological Platform, ICEX, Community of Madrid, Madrid City Council and Metro de Madrid.
A congress with a full programme of panels, conferences and participatory round tables. Administrations, companies, operators and experts came together to share experiences in a forum where aspects such as R+D, sustainability and safety were particularly special importance. Among the international keynote speakers were executives from BVG (Germany), DB Netze (Germany), Metroselskabet (Denmark), Metropolitano de Lisboa (Portugal), Metro SNCF (France) and Swiss Federal Railways SBB (Switzerland), plus the participation of DG MOVE (European Commission) in the congress programme, among many others.
The event was also attended by the main national and international companies in the sector. The broad national participation and the support of sponsors such as Alstom, CAF Group, Ingeteam, Talgo, Ineco, ArcelorMittal, Indra, NGRT, Stadler, Amurrio, Idom, Sener, Siemens, NRF, Zitron and Hispacold.
New edition of Rail Live in 2022, Málaga
The city of Málaga will host the next edition of the reference event of the railway sector in Spain, Rail Live! in 2022.
The Regional Minister for Development, Infrastructures and Territorial Planning, Marifrán Carazo, made this announcement together with the Mayor of Malaga, Francisco de la Torre, during his visit to the exhibition during the last edition held in Madrid.
Both highlighted the importance of the Málaga capital hosting this event. On the one hand, coinciding with a key year for the arrival of the metro in the centre of Málaga, on the other hand, to reinforce the image of a thriving city that is committed with sustainability and innovation in transport.
The event will once again be supported by Adif, Renfe, Spanish Railways Foundation, the Spanish Railway Technological Platform and ICEX. In addition, in this edition, the Andalusian Regional Government’s Agency for Public Works, Council of Málaga and Metro de Málaga.
The Minister for Transport, Mobility and the Urban Agenda, Raquel Sánchez, attended the inauguration of Rail Live! 2021, where she announced that her Ministry has more than 24,000 million Euro for the railway network until 2026, with a balanced distribution between high-speed and conventional network, with a special attention to the improvement of the Cercanías and the promotion of freight traffic.
According to him, the Indicative Strategy, which has recently started its public information period, will be the one that will set the roadmap and define the priorities for action for the coming years. In addition, she reported that in the coming months the Ministry will present the Mercancías 30 initiative, which aims to increase the share of rail freight transport.
In addition, she also considered as key the boosting of passenger rail transport in everyday mobility. In this sense, she explained that the Cercanías 25 initiative would also be presented during this year for the development of a more attractive, digital and user-oriented digital and more user-oriented.
Regarding the railway challenges her ministry is facing, Raquel Sánchez highlighted climate change and environmental degradation. These challenges will be addressed through the Strategy for Safe, Sustainable and Connected Mobility Strategy 2030.
“Rail Live! 2022 will be held from 29th November to 1st December at FYCMA, Málaga”