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Following cost and time overruns on several high profile electrification programmes, particularly on the Great Western and Midland Main Lines, DfT halted further electrification in favour of discontinuous solutions. Hybrid diesel/electric trains are now being introduced with end-to-end electrification curtailed, so that journeys such as London-Swansea or London-Sheffield will not be completely electric for the foreseeable future. Meanwhile the rail industry, led by the Railway Industry Association (RIA) has suggested that the costs of electrification could be significantly reduced is and that ‘continuous’ end-to-end electrification remains the best option for intensively used routes. The webinar will look at the relevant engineering and policy issues surrounding rail electrification.
12:00 - Webinar begins
12:30 - Q&A session
13:00 - Webinar ends
Andy Mellors: Managing Director, South Western Railway
Andy Mellors joined British Rail as an engineering management trainee in 1988, graduating in Mechanical Engineering from Imperial College in 1992. After undertaking various roles in rolling stock maintenance in London and Merseyside he moved to FirstGroup in 2002.
Andy was Engineering Director at First North Western and then First Scotrail prior to moving to First Great Western (now Great Western Railway) in 2007. Andy was also Deputy Managing Director at GWR and, during his time there, oversaw significant fleet transformation, culminating in the introduction of new electric multiple units in the Thames Valley as well as finalising preparations for the introduction of the new Hitachi Intercity Express Trains.
He was appointed Managing Director for the new South Western Railway franchise, a FirstGroup and MTR joint venture, which commenced operations in August 2017. Andy was the Chair of the South Western Centre of the Railway Division from 2015 to 2018.
David Clarke: Technical Director, Railway Industry Association
David joined RIA in 2016 as the Technical Director. His role focuses on representing members interests in the important areas of safety, technical standards, technical strategy, research and innovation.
David is a chartered engineer and a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers and the Permanent Way Institution with over 30 years rail industry experience. Prior to joining RIA he was the Innovation Director at RSSB where he was responsible for the cross-industry Future Railway Programme which is helping to deliver the industry Rail Technical Strategy. His earlier career includes being Deputy Director, Rail Technical at the Department for Transport, prior to which he was a Director for two of the major rail infrastructure contractors having started his career with British Rail. As an Engineer he has been responsible for structures and permanent way design, installation and maintenance, he has managed all railway engineering disciplines including command and control, electrification and the technical specification of rolling stock. He was heavily involved in the development of the UK Rail Technical Strategy.
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