This landmark issue includes interviews and articles from no fewer than 16 key railway leaders, focusing on the latest global trends, issues affecting the supply industry including insight into the latest round of mergers and acquisitions, and the major openings and project starts in 2016. We also look at the trends impacting key railways and markets in Europe, Asia, North America, South America, Africa, the Middle East and Australia.

Among the highlights are interviews with European transport commissioner Violeta Bulc who says that market opening should improve the competitiveness of European railways while Josef Doppelbauer reflects on the increasing role of the European Railway Agency under the Fourth Railway Package. From North America, Edward Hamberger, president of the Association of American Railroads, and Michael Melaniphy, president of the American Public Transportation Association, look at the latest trends impacting railfreight and urban rail respectively in the United States. In addition Guillaume Pepy, president of French National Railways (SNCF), Siyabonga Gama, acting group executive of Transnet, Choi Yeon-Hye, president and CEO of Korail, and Lincoln Leong, CEO of MTR Corporation, outline the major challenges facing their respective railways.

From the supply sector Jochen Eickholt, CEO, Siemens Mobility, and Laurent Troger, Bombardier Transportation's new president, reflect on the challenges and opportunities their companies will face in 2016. IRJ editors also consider how the rail industry should respond to the COP21 agreement on climate change, the continuing evolution of open-access operations in Europe, and prospects for China - Europe railfreight.

The Railway in 2016 is set to be a key reference point for the industry as the year unfolds. It is available to IRJ's print and digital subscribers and will be distributed free-of-charge to delegates at the following events:

• Rail India Conference, Delhi, January 21-22
• Mena Rail Facilities Summit, Doha, January 24-27
• SmartRail Eurasia, Istanbul, January 26-27
• UIC ERTMS World Congress, Brussels, February 29 - March 2
• International Railway Summit, Vienna, February 17-19
• Middle East Rail, Dubai, March 17-18
• InnoTrans 2016, Berlin, September 20-23

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