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High Speed Rail – vision into reality


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Register your interest to attend this knowledge exchange seminar on high speed rail. Looking at lessons from abroad, skills demand and technology challenges ahead for the proposed new UK high speed railway.

Date and Time

18 March 2014 - 09:00-16:45


Manchester, United Kingdom - icon_popup  (See map)


About this event

The IET, Parsons Brinckerhoff and HS2 Ltd are collaborating on a regional programme of knowledge dissemination on high speed rail across the UK.  The programme provides a forum to discuss both the technical solutions, challenges and innovations being developed for the project, and the broader benefits to the regions in terms of increased capacity, connectivity and economic growth.

The next event will be held at The Midland Hotel in Manchester on Tuesday 18th March 2014, and follows similar events in London and Birmingham held during 2013.  Further events are planned in Leeds, the North East and Scotland for 2014..

High Speed Rail – Vision into Reality – Manchester is targeted at railway industry professionals, transport providers, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), regional training organisations and larger regional business organisations.

The event will highlight the potential benefits high speed rail can bring to the Manchester region, and will focus on:

  • regional economic growth opportunities;
  • sustainable platforms for signaling and communications systems,
  • training and employment challenges;
  • technical issues for integrating the proposed new railway with existing regional transport hubs.

It will also consider the specific challenges and technical issues relating to the delivery of a transport project of this magnitude overall, and to Manchester in particular.


  • Peter Sheppard (Chairperson) - Chair of IET Transport Sector and Senior Safety Engineer and Validator, Bombardier Transportation
  • Tim Smart - Head of Engineering and Operations, HS2 Ltd.
  • Tom Williamson - Traction and Rolling Stock Engineer, HS2 Ltd.
  • David Watts, Parsons Brinckerhoff / CCD Design and Ergonomics Ltd.
  • Martin Lax - Strategic Development Manager, Metrolink Directorate
  • Amanda White - Senior Route Engineer, HS2 Ltd.
  • Andrew Shepherd - Technical Director, Parsons Brinckerhoff
  • Tom Palfreyman - Engineering Manager - Railway Electrification and Traction Power, Parsons Brinckerhoff and Lead Engineer - Electrification, HS2 Ltd.


Parsons Brinkerhoff and HS2 Ltd.

This event has been organised by the Transport Sector.


9.00am - Registration and Refreshments

9.20am - Morning session

2.00pm - Afternoon session

4.45pm - Close of seminar

Reasons to attend

  • Gaining insights from leading transport professionals on the technical approaches to high speed rail;
  • Finding out about the opportunities and impacts a new high speed rail will have on the region;
  • Participating in discussions on technical railway issues;
  • Learning more about the engineering challenges for large transport projects and specific issues for the region.

Additional information

If using a sat nav for directions please use postcode M2 3NQ


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