Global Perspective of Frontiers in High-Speed Rail Development

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Global Perspective of Frontiers in High-Speed Rail Development


1 hour and 9 minutes

About the Course

This course provides a comprehensive overview of the current frontiers in the world of high-speed rail (HSR). It covers the background of HSR development and how, as typically large-scale endeavors, HSR projects require adapted appraisal methods, procurement concepts, and effective risks management.

It provides global examples of different HSR systems and highlight the need for a more holistic and strategic approach, with regional and urban development coordination in mind.

These aspects, and more, that are essential considerations for future developments in the HSR domain will be examined.

The course consists of 4 units:

  • Unit 1: Concepts and Strategies Frontier (19 minutes)

  • Unit 2: Appraisal of High-Speed Rail (HSR) Plans Frontier (21 minutes)

  • Unit 3: Integration into Regional and Urban Development Strategies Frontier (14 minutes)

  • Unit 4: Research and Development Frontier (15 minutes)

Learning Objectives

  • Learn about efficient ways to adjust HSR development to the geographical, economic, and social structure of different countries. 
  • Develop the ability to identify appropriate appraisal methods for assessing HSR projects.
  • Analyze best interfaces between HSR and regional/urban transport networks. 
  • Gain better understanding of HSR innovations and development against the background of advancing technology, and how/if it could add value given the shifting transport demands. 

How to Complete this e-Course

  • Watch 4 short video lessons
  • Review open access reading materials
  • Successfully pass quiz with a score of 8/10 or higher
  • Answer feedback questions
  • Certificate with unique ID will be issued upon completion of course requirements


Werner Rothengatter,, Professor Emeritus, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology


Nghia Nguyen, Capacity Building and Training Associate, Asian Development Bank (ADBI)

Lilian Tan, E-Learning Consultant, Asian Development Bank Institute

Email: [email protected]

Reading list

  1. ADBI and AITD (2019): Highspeed Rail Services in Asia. The Asian Journal. Vol. 1. Special Issue.
  2. Andersen, S. (2019): The Chuo Shinkansen Project: High Speed Rail in Japan. The Asia-Pacific Journal. 17.22. No. 2.
  3. Dubai Project: All about the Dubai-Abu Dhabi Virgin Hyperloop One project 
  4. Abozeid, A.S.M. and AboElatta, A. (2021): Polycentric vs. monocentric urban structure contribution to national development. Journal of Engineering Application Science. 68 (1).
  5. Flyvbjerg, B., Bruzelius, N. and W. Rothengatter (2003): Megaprojects and Risk. An Anatomy of Ambition. Cambridge. 
  6. Rothengatter, W. (2019): Megaprojects in Transportation Networks. Transport Policy. 75. 1-15.
  7. Germany: High Speed Rail in Germany. Wikipedia.
  8.  Indian Embassy (2021): India-Japan Railways Cooperation.
  9.  Italy: van Leijen, M. (2019): High-speed line for freight. Not just fast, also on time. Rail.Freight.COM.
  10. Japan Chuo Shinkansen: Uno, M. (2016): Chuo Shinkansen Project Using Superconducting Maglev System. Japan Railway & Transport Review No.68. 14-25.
  11. Rothengatter, W. in Wegrich, K. Kostka, G. and G. Hammerschmid (eds.2017): The Governance of Infrastructure. Oxford. The Institution of Structural Engineers (2021): An Introduction to Building Information Modelling (BIM). London.
  12. Rothengatter, W. (2019): Approaches to measure the wider economic impacts of High-speed Rail and experiences from Europe. ADBI Working Paper 946. Tokyo: Asian Development Bank Institute.
  13. Spain: Felder, K. (2022): Spain expands its highspeed network.
  14. Santoso, E.B., Purboyo, H. and D. Sawitri (2012): An Overview of Development Axes Theory and the Chance in Making of Transport Node as Settlement. Conference Paper. Arte-Polis 4.
  15. Section for Spain (dense network) and Section for France (backbone network). Premsagar, S. and J. Kenworthy (2022): A Critical Revies of Hyperloop (Ultra-High Speed Rail) Technology: Urban and Transport Planning, Technical, Environmental, Economic, and Human Considerations. Frontiers in Sustainable Cities. 4. 1-14.
  16. UIC (2022): Atlas High-Speed Rail. Paris.
  17. UK HS2: Department for Transport (2013): High Speed Rail. Investing in Britain’s Future.
  18. Wikipedia High-speed in Europe.
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