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High Speed Rail- British Plans in a World Perspective

19 March 2012

Free Evening Lecture, 17:15 for 18:00

High Speed Rail has been developed as a high capacity transport system for inter city travel over the last half century. In developing British plans, lessons were sought from around the world – technical, economic and social. These were added to the specifically British environment to develop the case and specific proposals for HS2. Examples will be given and the stages forward in the development of the first two stages of a national network will be discussed.

Presented by Andrew McNaughton, Technical Director, High Speed 2

Andrew McNaughton has been engaged in railway construction, operation and management since 1973. He is Special Professor of Rail Engineering at Nottingham University and a Visiting Professor of Engineering at both Imperial College London and Southampton University.

Since 2009 Andrew has been Chief Engineer and Technical Director of High Speed Two Ltd, developing the principles, network and specific route design for high speed rail in Great Britain. Prior to that, from 2001 he was Chief Engineer of Network Rail responsible for the specification and development of the GB rail network, investment authorisation and overall system safety management.

Andrew is Vice Chair of the EU Transport Advisory Group, chair of the European Rail Research Advisory Council and Special Advisor on rail to the Australian Government. He has lectured on the transport, land use and economic planning effects of regional, freight and long distance rail development in North America, Asia and Australia as well as Europe.

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High Speed Rail- British Plans in a World Perspective

: Andrew McNaughton, Technical Director, High Speed 2

Duration: 1h 42mins