Thursday , February 9 2023

The challenge of the railway industry is the development of infrastructure and competitiveness


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The transport industry in the 21st century is not a small challenge, and one of the most important is the development of the appropriate infrastructure.

Last week, with the participation of the state-owned company Latvijas dzelzcelš (LDz) and the International Union for Railways (UIC), "Attracting young talents to the growth of competitive and open conditions in the labor market" emphasized Jean-Pierre Lubinou, General Manager of the UIC.

"It is impossible to provide mobility that corresponds to age without adequate infrastructure, in Europe demand for mobility grows in proportion to the lifespan of infrastructure and its wear. Meanwhile, globally speaking, the challenge is increasing capacities in the main transport corridors," says Z. P.Lubinou

As the Director General of the UIC explains, in the case of Latvia, the railway electrification project is an essential prerequisite for the further development of the industry. "In the 20th century electrification in many places was done for two reasons – to solve the problem of capacity and in response to the increase in fuel prices. Today its significance has increased even more, as it is also an answer to the environmental challenges.Electrification is obviously a step in the right direction, "emphasizes Ž. P.Lubinou

In the meantime, speaking about the frequently discussed topic – looking for a source of cargo in the logistics sector in China, Central Asia and India, Ž. P. Lubinou noted that the trade routes between the East and the West are huge industries – measured in billions of dollars. At present, the market for tires in this trade chain is only 1%, but this sector has great potential.

"There is a very wide range of development opportunities, especially considering the enormous added value of the track – speed, safety and quality. The load flows are changing and LDz can only proactively and at the forefront of this change," adds the UIC Director General.

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