High Speed Rail – Britain’s 21st Century Travel Solution Professor Andrew McNaughton, Chief Engineer of High Speed Two
Hallam Conference Centre, 44 Hallam Street, W1W 6JJ,
Thursday 24th February 2010, 18:00
Professor Andrew McNaughton, Chief Engineer of High Speed Two will deliver this year’s prestigious CILT Rail Lecture.
Andrew McNaughton is Chief Engineer of High Speed Two (HS2) Limited; the company was established in February 2009 to develop High Speed Rail in Great Britain. He is also Special Professor of Rail Engineering at Nottingham University.
High Speed Rail has been developed successfully in Europe and Asia to enable a step change in passenger journey times and reliability over conventional rail and provide a genuine alternative to short haul air and long distance motorway travel, promoting economic growth in many countries around the world. This lecture will describe the technical challenges of developing High Speed Rail in general and specifically within the particular physical and economic geography of Great Britain. It will cover environmental and energy use implications along with the realities of potential modal shift from car and plane. Finally, some possible network shapes will be discussed, setting the potential opportunities for 21st Century Britain in a wider economic and sustainability context.
Andrew has been engaged in railway engineering and management since 1973. His first twenty years in British Rail were engaged in maintenance, renewal and upgrade work including leading rebuilding Kent’s railways for the first decade of Channel tunnel operation. In 1993 he joined Railtrack, becoming Head of Production and subsequently Director, Great Western. From 2001, as Chief Engineer, Network Rail, he was engaged in the recovery of the GB rail network, re-creating a professional engineering function of all disciplines including human performance and asset management.
Andrew is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineers and the Institution of Civil Engineers. In Europe he is Vice Chairman of the EU Transport Advisory Group, and Chairman of both the International Railway Union’s Infrastructure Commission and the European Rail Research Advisory Council.
The CILT Rail Lecture is presented annually in memory of Sir Robert Reid.
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