The Department for Transport (DfT) has released its rolling stock perspective 2018 – the fourth edition of the document that sets out the Department’s aspirations for the rail sector from 2018 and beyond.
Through the rolling stock perspective 2018 document, the DfT has informed train manufacturers, owners and operators of the types of improvements and innovations that are required in the railway sector.
The document takes a look back on the achievements made on rolling stock in the last year, with the various campaigns throughout 2018 that will improve the quality of train carriages.
This includes decarbonisation, the benefits achieved for disabled passengers, such as the Inclusive Transport Strategy which achieves equal access for disabled people; and the move towards ensuring all new trains and track signalling are either digital or digital ready from next year – set out in the Digital Railway Strategy.
In rolling stock perspective 2018, aspirations for the stock are set out by service groups, so the DfT have made it clear what carriages should be in use on trains in metropolitan, rural/regional, inter-urban, intercity, and high speed intercity services.
For all, the accessibility, ambience, technology and accommodation targets are different.
For example, on high speed intercity services, accessibility requirements include compliance with accessibility regulations and level access between the train and the platform on HS2.
In inter-urban services, the compliance remains the same, but a different requirement is doors and vestibules that balance dwell times with saloon space.
Rail Minister, Jo Johnson, has called for greater collaboration between train operators and Network Rail.
He said: “We need to see much closer working between train operators and Network Rail, and a much greater alignment of goals so that it is in both party’s interests to succeed in delivering the rail network the country needs.
“As more digital systems are introduced to the railway, it is increasingly important that the industry takes a track-and-train whole system approach to design and ensure that the trains and the track-mounted equipment work together, when introduced.”