First the UK railway industry rose to the engineering and financial Covid-19 challenges; now the Williams-Shapps Plan for Rail offers the biggest structural reorganisation since privatisation; meanwhile we urgently need to decarbonise transport.
This seminar will provide opportunities to:
- Engage with the latest thinking on the Great British Railway and what it means for cost-effective engineering and innovation across the industry
- Hear how railway engineers continue to assure delivery of a safe service and rebuild passenger confidence in sustainable transport
- Explore the emerging mix of new and supplementary traction power
- Consider anew how road and rail complement and/ or compete, particularly for freight
- Discover what’s new and on the horizon – for passenger comfort, rolling stock design, infrastructure and maintenance
- Contribute to what’s next - how could the IMechE Railway Division help Refocus the Railway to enable better engineering?
Confirmed expert speaker panel includes:
- Dick Fearn, Independent Chair of Network Rail’s Western Route Supervisory Board & former member of the Williams Review Panel
- Michael Clark, Director - Policy and Rail Reform, Network Rail
- Mark Knowles, Head of Site - Long Marston Rail Innovation Centre, Porterbrook
- Daniel Fredriksson, Express Freight Development Lead, Network Rail
- Mark Gaynor, Head of Railway Strategy, Rail Delivery Group
Who should attend?
All engineers and professionals involved with the railway industry will benefit from this seminar, in particular:
- Chief Engineers
- Chief Operating Officers
- Fleet Engineers
- Managing Directors
- Engineering Directors
- Supply Chain and Sales Engineers
Railway Division, Institution of Mechanical Engineers
Iain Flynn, Independent Rail Manager and Engineer
Rebeka Sellick, Independent Innovations, Engineering and Business Consultant
Andrew Skinner, Head of Engineering, Great Western Railway
Paul Burkitt-Gray, Project Planning Manager, Transport for London
Jim Lupton, Independent Railway Engineering Consultant
Felix Schmid, Professor emeritus of Railway Systems Engineering, University of Birmingham
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We are keen to return to in-person events and enjoy the benefits of connecting face to face. Whilst Covid-19 continues to circulate in the UK, we are taking steps to keep event participants as safe as possible. You can attend IMechE events with the confidence that the following safety measures will be in place:
Attendees are requested to maintain a distance of 1m+ from each other. Where possible, room layouts and seating will be arranged to facilitate this.
Masks / face coverings
The wearing of masks/face coverings is encouraged (although not compulsory), unless satisfactory social distancing, ventilation or air sterilisation is not possible, in which case it will be compulsory.
Attendees are requested to undertake a Covid test (lateral flow or PCR) a maximum of 24 hours prior to the start of the event/meeting.
Ventilation and air sterilisation
Where possible, rooms will be well ventilated or fitted with air sterilisers to significantly reduce the risk of transmission.
Where possible, catering will be provided in such a format as to facilitate social distancing.