Railway infrastructure management is a highly complex issue. Economic, legal, political and especially technical interrelations contribute to this. The aim of the series Best Practice in Track Maintenance is to describe these interrelations in a structured manner for all concerned. Particular attention will be paid to the subject of sustainability.
Volume 1 - Infrastructure Management - provides an overview of the issues that infrastructure management faces, with special consideration to the Single European Railway Area. Best practice examples from Central Europe will be used to demonstrate measures for targeted upgrades and improvements in track maintenance on existing networks. In many places infrastructure managers are confronted with a new generation of managers which will accelerate a new direction in processes. Present-day information and communication technology will make it far easier to collect and present the complex interrelations. Changing views of asset management and life cycle management will help to enable the implementation of a “transparent permanent way” or the “Railway 4.0”.
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