Encyclopedia of Security and Emergency Management

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Rail (Train) Security

  • Veronica StrandhEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-69891-5_45-2


Rail security: rules, procedures, and processes to protect the railway system and efforts to mitigate, respond, and recover from attacks targeting rail bound traffic.


Modern society is characterized by its interconnectedness, i.e., important critical dependencies exist which are essential to the maintenance of daily life. Rail bound traffic is a fundamental part of the so-called critical infrastructure of a society. Rail bound traffic, which is both passenger traffic, freight traffic, subway systems and its surrounding infrastructure, is an integral part of the overall transportation system. Trains are not only essential for the country’s urban infrastructure but also for connecting people across geographic areas. Railway systems are also designed for accessibility and efficiency. However, critical infrastructure systems, including railway systems, also appear vulnerable to different acts of terrorism. A major current concern is that railway systems will be...


Trains Rail bound traffic Security Terrorism Emergency management response 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Political ScienceUmeå UniversityUmeåSweden