Modern high-strength composite materials present ample opportunities for energy-efficient solutions with lower environmental impact and reduced through-life costs for the rail infrastructure.

Network Rail, the UK’s rail network owner, has partnered with the National Composites Centre (NCC) in Bristol, UK, a world-leading research hub developing state-of-the-art materials and technology, to explore new design concepts for using composites in the rail industry.

Growing population and expanding urbanization worldwide require more sustainable mobility solutions to tackle global resource scarcity and climate change.As one of the most sustainable transportation modes, rail-based transport systems are taking an ever-increasing share of the mobility demand.

According to the International Transport Forum (ITF) Transport Outlook 2019, the global passenger transport demand will more than double, and freight transport is expected to triple in the next 30 years.