Press release

Presentations from High Speed Rail ‘Vision into reality’ technical seminar now available for online viewing at IET.TV

18 September 2013


Speaker presentations from HS2, Network Rail and Parsons Brinckerhoff on the latest technical thinking around HS2 are now available for viewing on the IET.tv web site.  Around 140 leading professionals in the rail and transport industry attended the High Speed Rail - Vision into Reality seminar in central London last Thursday, 12 September 2013.

HS2 speakers included: Andrew McNaughton, Technical Director; Theresa Clarke, Head of Operability; Beth West, Commercial Director; Trevor Foulkes, Head of Signalling and Telecommunications; and Mark Howard Head of Power, Traction and M&E.

Parsons Brinckerhoff speakers included: Rachel Skinner, Marketing and Communications Director, who facilitated a panel discussion on the skills challenge; Andrew Shepherd, Technical Director, who discussed the systems engineering approach being used; Tom Palfreyman, Engineering Manager, Electrification and Traction Power, who outlined the design approach in terms of power; and Ken Jong, Vice President & Principal Project Manager, who delivered a presentation on the California high speed rail project which Parsons Brinckerhoff is program managing.

Other speakers included: Masaki Ogata, Vice Chairman of East Japan Railway Company, who talked about high speed rail in Japan; and Ignacio Barron, Director of Passenger and High Speed Department at the Union of Railways which is made up of railway operators from all continents.

High Speed Rail - Vision into Reality seminar was the first in a series of knowledge dissemination events organised by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), Parsons Brinckerhoff and HS2. The programme will provide a forum for the railway industry and its many stakeholders to discuss international best practice in high speed rail and the latest technical solutions, challenges and innovation being developed for HS2.

The next event in the programme will be in Birmingham in early December this year. It will be followed by a series of regional seminars next year in Manchester, Leeds, the East Midlands and Scotland or the north east.

Media enquiries to:

Katie Stanton
Communications Executive

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Mob: +44(0)7738 713867
Email: kstanton@theiet.org

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Parsons Brinckerhoff
is delivering the overall railway systems design for HS2 and is programme managing the development of California’s high speed rail programme in the US. The company has also played an integral part in delivering high speed rail systems around the world including extensive networks in Taiwan and China.
Parsons Brinckerhoff is a leader in developing and operating infrastructure around the world, with approximately 14,000 employees in 150 offices dedicated to meeting the needs of clients and communities in the Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Americas, Asia and Australia-Pacific regions. Parsons Brinckerhoff offers skills and resources in strategic consulting, planning, engineering, program/construction management, and operations for all modes of infrastructure, including transportation, power, buildings and infrastructure, mining, water and the environment. (www.pbworld.com).

HS2 Ltd is the company responsible for developing and promoting the first phase of the high speed rail network from London to the West Midlands. It is undertaking the engineering, design and environmental work for this.
Parliament will need to give permission to build and operate HS2 through a specific type of bill, called a hybrid bill. The bill for the first phase of HS2 is planned to start its process through Parliament by the end of 2013. HS2 Ltd is responsible for the work to enable the Department for Transport to deposit a hybrid bill with Parliament by the end of 2013.

In 2012, HS2 Ltd submitted proposals to the Secretary of State for the second part of the network from the West Midlands to Leeds and Manchester. The Government announced its initial preferred route to Leeds and Manchester on 28 January 2013. The initial preferred route for this second phase of the network will form the basis of a public consultation.

HS2 Ltd is a company wholly owned by the Department for Transport (DfT).