Railways have, in our opinion, a past, a present and a future on both passenger and freight transport. Rail infrastructure is globally in need of heavy investments on all segments as it plays a key role on the energy transition to net zero and on the efficient mobility of passengers and goods.
Passenger rail services will be undergoing a profound change. This applies to metropolitan, regional and national or long distances services. Metropolitan and regional services have to be adapted to the post-pandemic reality. In the particular case of Europe, high-speed rail liberalization and the restrictions to shorter flights are expected to generate additional demand to services. We have a thorough understanding of the change process and of the needs to adapt rail and ancillary services to match current and future passenger expectations.
Rail services are increasing their importance in the land side transport of freight. We see opportunities for the relevance of rail freight across the globe. In Africa, the legacy lines along side new ones will leverage the unlocking of Continent’s economic potential. In the Americas the importance of rail freight is increasing. In Europe, the interoperability through countries will be one of the most significant challenges ahead. In all such circumstances, clients choose VTM to successfully support their decision-making process.