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Meeting the Challenge of High Speed Railway Lines - The SNCF Experience


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Following the high profile media debates over the proposals for HS2, a team of senior SNCF Engineers and Managers will share their significant experience in building High Speed Lines, including the UK's only High Speed Line, HS1.

Date and Time

12 March 2014 - 18:00-21:00


London, United Kingdom - icon_popup  (See map)


Organised by the London local network.

About this event

Delivering any project on target, on time and on budget is a juggling act, where keeping your eye on the ball is of paramount importance.  Success in High Speed Line projects requires a strong team ethic, where each project is approached on its own merits to avoid the severe economical and safety issues which could arise from simply copying and pasting method from other projects. The unique challenges of these projects, such as the very high speed of the trains or continuously raising traffic flow, require a holistic approach to project management that looks beyond mere revenue generation and to the whole lifespan of the railway line.  Specific issues must be tackled to avoid jeopardising safety and the time constraints of the project, starting with the risks and mitigation methods before the project begins. With over 30 years experience of high speed lines (over 2,045 km nowadays) and more than 80 years of domestic lines (over 29,000 km), Hugh Rochford and Jocelyn Gallou will share their experience of High Speed Line railway infrastructure projects and offer tips for developing and adapting this experience for other similar projects in the UK.

About the Speakers:

Jocelyn Gallou: International Development Manager of the SNCF INFRA Projects, System and Engineering direction. Jocelyn joined SNCF in 1984, gaining experience in all aspects of the field, from conceptual engineering through to operational stages such as maintenance. He also acted as RAMS Manager and System Assurance Manager on high speed line project such as that of HS1 line (between St Pancras and the Channel Tunnel). He is currently focused on developing and sharing SNCF engineering activity abroad.

Hugh Rochford: in the same team as Jocelyn. Joined SNCF in 1999 and quickly became involved in RAMS and signalling studies of High Speed Lines.  He also contributed to the national implementation of ETCS specifically on High Speed Line East, and technically supports new HSL abroad.


18:00  Arrival and registration
18:30  Lecture begins
19:30  Q&A
20:00  Networking reception
21:00  Close

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