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The hot ticket – keeping the London Underground cool
Over 100 miles of the London Underground network runs through tunnels, which are difficult to cool effectively. François Maurin, Hesop product manager at Alstom, explains how the company is working with TfL to reduce the network’s temperature and carbon footprint.

Ticket in a tap – the rise of contactless ticketing
Contactless ticketing has become widespread among the world’s rapid transit systems, but what’s next for fare management, and what will it mean for operators and passenger convenience? Urban Transport Agenda finds out from Michael Gwinn, director of revenue at Chicago Transit Authority, and Chris Tucker, director of revenue operations at the Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon.

Playing the slots – revolutionising road intersections
Slot-based intersections in concert with self-driving cars could make cities more liveable by doubling road capacity, reducing emissions and improving safety. Elly Earls asks Carlo Ratti, the director of the Senseable City Lab at MIT, whether traffic lights are on the way out and what our commute to work might look like in the future.

Ride out the storms – TfL’s flood prevention strategy
As global warming exerts a palpable influence on the UK’s climate, Transport for London is looking to safeguard its warren of stations and tunnels from an increased risk of flooding. Greg Noone talks to Ian Uttley, a senior drainage engineer with London Underground, about the methodology behind the organisation’s latest flood-risk assessment for the network, and how it might be protected in the future.

The great upgrade – modernising the UK’s railway tunnels
Even infrastructure ‘built to last’ can’t truly last forever; eventually there comes a time when elements need upgrading and replacing. Colin Sims, principal engineer at Network Rail, discusses the practicalities of upgrading incredible lengths of Victorian tunnels to maintain the UK’s railway network.

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