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2018 11 Jul

Industry innovators & stakeholders gather for the second Digital Railway: Delivering Differently Rail Industry Conference

Posted in Digital Railway Programme Future plans Industry Supply Chain Uncategorized


On Monday 2 and Tuesday 3, July digital railway industry innovators and stakeholders gathered at the University of Birmingham for the second Digital Railway: Delivering Differently Rail Industry Conference.

With the announcement that all new trains and signalling will be digital or digital ready from 2019 the pace of modernisation is set to increase dramatically. With this in mind, The Railway Industry Association, Network Rail and the University of Birmingham worked collaboratively to host this event to explore what this means for the supply chain and to examine the early plans for Digital Railway deployment in CP6.

The conference brought together people from Government, Network Rail, The TOCs, Supply Chain and Academia allowing them to meet, exchange views and ideas, and to learn from each other.

Stuart Calvert from the Digital Railway Programme said: “It is a really important networking event and I have received a great deal of very positive feedback from all of the attendees I have spoken with. Complex programmes of work demand close open collaboration between many and varied stakeholders, the Digital Railway programme is now different and this sort of event helps to create the relationships we will need with the rail industry to be successful and to fully reap the rewards a digital transformation will bring.”

Various speakers from industry presented on innovation in the rail sector and how the network is set to digitally transform. There were also information exchange sessions which enabled attendees to hear about the projects which are key to unlocking the future of Digital Railway, from the people who are delivering those projects.

High-profile speakers included:

• Martin Frobisher, Route Managing Director, Network Rail
• Alex Burrows, Managing Director of Railway Research and Education
• Neil Robertson, Chief Executive, NSAR
• plus an array of other specialists in the field of digital technology

The event was a great success creating excitement for how innovative thinking can bring track and train closer together and improve passenger and freight experience.

The conference highlighted the need for cultural change in the rail sector and the importance of ensuring current staff are brought along with us on the journey to delivering a digital solution to Britain’s railway.

Martin Frobisher: ‘I am enthused by the commitment from so many different part of the rail industry. It’s really good to sees so many different companies here today and showing real commitment for the digital railway.’

To view the photos and presentations from the event, please follow this link>> Delivering Differently