RAIL LIVE SEMINARS ORGANISED BY RAIL MAGAZINE

 

Delivering a sustainable future for rail

Today more than 1.7 billion journeys are made on Britain’s railway every year. Freight trains are carrying £30 billion worth of goods. By 2021, the railways will be running more than 6,000 extra services every week compared with today.

In this growing industry, there are going to be plenty of challenges to overcome in the next few years. But with challenge comes opportunity. The £50 billion being spent on improving the network is an open door for businesses both experienced in rail and new to the industry to bring their knowledge and expertise to the table.

The Rail Live seminars will explore the major opportunities and challenges over the coming years and provide insight to help you shape your business strategy. Over the four sessions, we will cover the key areas for the industry to consider in delivering a sustainable future for the rail industry.

 

SEMINAR PROGRAMME

 

1100 Wednesday June 21

Digital Railway

Conventional answers to increasing capacity on the railway are not going to deliver the scale of expansion needed to meet growing demand. Innovative solutions are vital. Digital Railway can provide capacity and performance improvements sooner and cheaper than traditional methods. But many challenges exist before we reach the hallowed digital age. This session will delve into how those challenges are being overcome and how the supply chain is key to its success.

  • Mark Ferrer, Siemens

Sponsored by Siemens

 

1400 Wednesday June 21

Skills

Responding to growth and demand in the industry will only be possible with the skills and talent there to make it happen. If the industry does not invest in skills, the cost to businesses is estimated to reach £300 million per year and the cost to the economy could be more than £1 billion a year by 2034. This session will discuss the latest research and provide practical advice on how your business can create resilience for both its own and the industry’s future.

  • Neil Robertson, Chief Executive, National Skills Academy for Rail
  • Martin Owen, Commercial Finance Director, National College of High Speed Rail

 

1100 Thursday June 22

Digital Railway

Conventional answers to increasing capacity on the railway are not going to deliver the scale of expansion needed to meet growing demand. Innovative solutions are vital. Digital Railway can provide capacity and performance improvements sooner and cheaper than traditional methods. But many challenges exist before we reach the hallowed digital age. This session will delve into how those challenges are being overcome and how the supply chain is key to its success.

 

1200 Thursday June 22

Light Rail

Expanding light rail in the UK means that the mode is now carrying almost a quarter of a billion passengers every year. With increased pressure on providing urban connectivity, these systems are only becoming more vital. But the take-up of light rail in the UK has not been anything like that on the continent. In this session, we explore the innovations that will enable light rail to become more attractive and how the barriers to its wider adoption are being broken down.

 

1400 Thursday June 22

Electrification

Less than half of the network is currently electrified and plans to expand this further have been beset by problems and delays, leading to uncertain times for the supply chain. In this session, we look at the short and long-term issues affecting further electrification, while also exploring technologies that are emerging to plug the gap.