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  • Tue, 23 Apr 2019, 17:00-17:30
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IRO Area

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The North East Area Council welcomes Gavin Dobson, Principal Programme Engineer at Network Rail, to come and talk to members about the Digital Railway Programme.

Since the mid-1990s the number of passengers using Britain’s railway has doubled.  At peak times on the busiest parts of the network, Britain’s railway is full.  New capacity is urgently required to meet the continued rise in demand which will mean there will be an extra one billion journeys by the mid-2030s.  Conventional ways of providing this capacity by building new railway infrastructure would be hugely disruptive, very high cost and probably unachievable.  The adoption of digital technologies, along with targeted conventional interventions, is a cost-effective way of releasing significant additional capacity on the existing network, as has been proven on London Underground.

The Digital Railway Programme is the rail industry’s plan to transform the rail network for passengers, business and freight operators by deploying modern signalling and train control technology to increase capacity, reduce delays, enhance safety and drive down costs.  Services across the Pennines are to be among the first to reap the benefits of this technological leap as the blueprint earmarks these routes for transformation over the next five years.

This event will be of particular relevance to those who are interested in the technological aspects of railway operations, as well as those who are studying on one of the IRO courses.  Light refreshments kindly supplied by Tracsis.

Please note that you should aim for a prompt arrival, as the reception area at the Academy will not be manned after 17:30hrs.

No need to book, but please email if you have any dietary or other requirements.  Members are requested to bring along with them their membership cards.



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Added on the website on April 23, 2019