Reducing the Carbon Toll of Railway
Digital Rail are working on a project that seeks to use advanced Natural Language Processing (NLP) to identify non-compliance against railway standards during the development of railway system. Non-compliance will cause a lack of resilience which will be linked to likely train service delays and the associated carbon toll. The toll is caused by having to lay on additional rail services, buses, maintenance, and so on. The carbon toll of a system will therefore be known during the design phase which will be major step forward in understanding how clean our railways are likely to be.
It has been shown that modern electric railway transportation is environmentally friendly when compared to normal occupancy car transportation and carbon usage in the railway is mainly in operations. For a given concept of operation, the environmental impact of the system and the resilience are ”baked-in” in the downward part of the V lifecycle as shown in the Figure 1 below.