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The Risks of Railway Transportation. The Problems, Opportunities and Rewards

The HS2 railway in the UK is one of the most ambitious and controversial infrastructure projects in recent memory. The project has been met with significant opposition, with some citing the huge cost of the project as well as its potential negative impact on the environment.

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Having spent some time myself working on several multi-million-pound project for Network Rail, I understand the complex nature of these megaprojects more that those without insider knowledge.

From a risk management perspective, it is complex. With complex quantitative analysis of schedules multiple projects needs to be delivered by, constant cost analysis and the health and safety implications of engineers and other workers who have to brave weather conditions to keep the project moving, not to talk about the potential impact on existing railway infrastructure which sometimes causes disruptions leading to penalties from the Office of Rail and Road (formerly Office of Rail Regulation)

Coming back to HS2, many argue that the railway will provide significant opportunities for economic growth and job creation, as well as easing congestion on existing transport networks.

One of the biggest risk factors associated with HS2 is its cost. The current estimate for the project stands at around £56 billion, and there are fears that this could rise even further.

HS2 also faces significant opposition from environmental groups, who are concerned about the impact the railway will have on sensitive habitats and wildlife.

There are also risks associated with the technology such as signalling, electrification, communication systems, that will be used to build HS2. The high-speed railway will utilise cutting-edge engineering, and there is always a possibility that something could go wrong during construction as we have seen so far.

The success of HS2 could transform the way we travel in the UK and create numerous opportunities for economic growth across the country.

Take Qatar for example, the planned humongous $250 billion Qatar-Saudi Arabia GCC railway network project would be one of the world’s largest ambitious railway project shared by 6 countries in the region.

On its own, Qatar, by the end of 2022 will have the world’s largest high-speed railway network. The country is currently in the process of constructing a vast network of railways that will span the length and breadth of the country, transporting passengers and freight between Qatar’s major cities. It is also hoped that the railway will boost tourism in Qatar by making it easier for people to travel around the country.

Japan is home to some of the world’s most advanced railway technology. The country’s Shinkansen bullet train network is renowned for its punctuality and efficiency, and it has inspired similar projects in other countries.

Despite the risks, the Shinkansen network is widely considered to be a huge success delivering great rewards for Japan cutting travel time, tourism boost and economic boosts as it exports it expertise to other countries.

Whether it is here in the United Kingdom, Qatar, Japan or developing countries like Nigeria now taking advantage of the many opportunities and benefits railway transportation has to offer such as the following 5 benefits:

  1. Reduced journey times: HS2 will cut journey times between London and Birmingham by around 30 minutes. This will free up time for passengers to do other things, such as work or relax. The success of the aforementioned Qatar-Saudi GCC Railway project involving Oman, Kuwait, Qatar and Bahrain with connect these 6 nations creating many opportunities for the citizens leading to faster economic growth of the region.
  2. Increased capacity: HS2 will provide much-needed extra capacity on our railways. The new line will be able to carry up to 18 trains per hour in each direction – that’s twice the current number of trains.
  3. Improved safety: HS2 will improve safety by providing a dedicated high-speed railway line. This will help to avoid collisions with slower-moving trains and reduce the risk of derailments.
  4. Reduced environmental impact: HS2 will have a lower environmental impact than other forms of transport, such as cars and planes. The new railway will use less energy and generate less pollution.
  5. Economic benefits: HS2 will bring economic benefits to the regions it serves. The new line will create jobs, boost business growth and connect people with opportunities.

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