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High Performing Railways – a new online seminar


Five Institutions and the Railway Industry Association are coming together to stage a major online event and present their vision of High Performing Flexible Railway Systems for the Future.

A total of 21 pre-recorded presentations from international industry experts will be made available online. They will be released in two separate batches and each one will be followed a short while later by a live Question and Answer session with the speakers.


The need to provide high performance railway systems has never been greater. While the outlook for the rail sector is bright, it faces many real threats in the post COVID era.

The five major institutions – IRSE, IET, IMechE, PWI and IRO – and the Railway Industry Association (RIA) will be bringing together expert speakers from across engineering and operational disciplines. Their presentations will cover factors spanning the operational and engineering disciplines, focusing on how they contribute to increasing capacity, reliability, flexibility and resilience, while delivering the high quality of service that customers demand.

Dyan Crowther, HS1.

The first batch of presentations, which went live on 23 September 2021 so is already available to view, features a keynote by Dyan Crowther (HS1) and Prof Felix Schmid (Manchester Railway Consultancy) who tackle the topic of System Capacity and explore how HS1 successfully operates an international high-speed service and a commuter service while also accommodating a freight service.

They also discuss optimising system reliability, the challenge of decarbonisation and opportunities for future productivity gains.

Other topics covered in the first batch, all looking at Systems Capacity and Operations, include:

Using Systems Engineering to Deliver High Performing Flexible Transportation Systems: Anne O’Neil (Anne O’Neil Consultants) and Bruce Elliott (Network Rail)

Every Second Counts: Charles Horsey (Transport for London)

Track train interface influence on brake rates and hence capacity: Dr Daniel Woodland (Ricardo Rail and Past President IRSE)

Flexible Power for Future Systems: Dr Dela Sharifi (Atkins)

Optimised sander configurations to unlock network capacity in low adhesion: Liam Purcell (Ricardo Rail) and Andrew Lightoller (DB ESG)

Predicting and managing performance: Steven Brown (Rail Aspects Limited)

The role of reliability engineering in the achievement of high performing railways: Nigel Best (Network Rail)

The live Q&A session for these talks will be between 09:00 and 10:30 on Wednesday 13 October 2021.

Second batch

Oliver Bratton, Network Rail.

The second batch of presentations will be available to watch from 14 October. Oliver Bratton, the former European operations director of MTR Corporation who is now director of network strategy and operations at Network Rail, will give the keynote on Technology and Processes to Enhance Railway Reliability.

The other presentations in this batch, focussing on the topic of Reliability and Tools, will include:

Securing worker safety within high performing future railways: Nick Millington (Network Rail)

How well can data transform infrastructure asset maintenance?: Jeremy Allen (Cognizant)

Can user friendly point monitoring be developed and successfully integrated to play its part in high performing railways?: Anna Cornish (Voestalpine Signalling)

Water is the civil engineer’s greatest enemy – we can’t always prevent flooding, so what can we do?: John Dora (John Dora Consulting)

The system as designed is not the same thing as the real system: How do you notice it, when does it matter, how do you respond?: Alexandra McGrath (VicTrack)

Decarbonisation: Dr Rossa O’Donovan (Network Rail) and David Clarke (Rail Industry Association)

The live Q&A session for this batch will be between 09:00 and 10:30 on Wednesday 3 November 2021.


Tickets are £80 for members of partner institutions (with a member’s discount code supplied by your institution) or £120 for non-members, all plus VAT at 20%.

For booking and full programme details see https://www.highperformingrailways.com/


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