ERTMS and ETCS 2017: The Future of Railway Signalling in the UK

Implementing ERTMS in the UK - preparing for and delivering a new signalling system

Tue 21st - Wed 22nd March 2017 Arup, London
  • The introduction of ERTMS and a whole new signalling system in the UK presents a number of challenges for the whole industry. Bringing together over 120 senior rail professionals, from passenger and freight operators and the wider supply chain, this is the only event that allows you to explore the strategy and delivery of ERTMS and ETCS fitment in the UK.

    Hear the latest update from Network Rail on their plans and the expected timelines for ERTMS in the UK, insight from TOCs and FOCs on how they are preparing for ERTMS implementation, and lessons from European countries on their work with ERTMS, including on level 3 testing, to help you prepare for implementation and help ensure the transition is as effective as possible.

    This two day event lets you focus not just on strategic delivery of ERTMS, but also the operational considerations and technology implications, to help make sure you and your team are up to date on all aspects of implementation. With flexible booking, you can register for both days for the complete picture, or either one of the days individually.

    Take a look at the ERTMS and ETCS 2017: The Future of Railway Signalling in the UK brochure.

    To register for updates on this conference, please email us. To find out about sponsoring or exhibiting at this event, please get in touch by email or call 0207 067 1597.


    Attend to benefit from:

    • Hear the latest from Network Rail as they provide an update on the industry plan for ERTMS and expected timelines for delivery
    • Learn how TOCs & FOCs are preparing for ERTMS
    • Explore how to maintain operations during the transition and what training is needed to prepare all staff
    • Find out how ERTMS relates to other technologies to help future-proof for further technology advances – hear about specifications for ETCS, ATO, CBTC and the consider the future after GSM-R
    • Receive the latest on ERTMS level 3 testing including the challenges and successes and what benefits level 3 could bring
    • Find out more about the regulations and standards to make sure ERTMS is introduced safely
    • Plus much more...

    Find out more:

    Introducing ERTMS in the UK (article by Office of Rail and Road, ProRail, SNC Lavalin and Arcadis). Read here>>


    Watch the full round up of the ERTMS and ETCS 2016 event:

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    Breakdown of the ERTMS and ETCS 2016 audience:

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    Keep up to date with the latest conference announcements and industry news by following us @WFrail. Join the conversation by using the hashtag #ERTMS17, or join the UK Rail Network LinkedIn group.


    Key organisations who have attended previously:

    Alstom
    Atkins Transportation
    Beacon Rail Leasing
    Bechtel
    CAF
    Camlin Rail
    Carillion Rail
    CH2M Hill
    City and Guilds
    Comtest Wireless
    CPC Systems
    DB Cargo
    DeltaRail
    Department of Transport
    Direct Rail Services
    Edif ERA
    Electro-Motive
    Ernst & Young
    ERTMS Users Group
    Eurostar
    First Great Western
    First TransPennine
    First TransPennine
    Freshwater
    Gatwick Airport
    GB Railfreight
    Go Ahead
    Hitachi Rail
    HS2
    Interfleet
    Jacobs
    Keolis
    Kier
    Leigh Fisher
    Linbrooke Design
    London Midland
    London Underground
    Mott MacDonald
    Multi Pulse Electronics
    Network Rail
    Nexus
    Northern Rail
    ORR
    Omnicom Engineering
    Ramboll
    RBS
    Ricardo Rail
    Rock Infrastructure
    RSSB
    Siemens
    Signalling Solutions
    SNC-Lavalin
    Systra
    Telent Technology Services
    Thales
    Transport Scotland
    TRE
    Unipart Rail
    Virgin Trains
    Volker Rail Group
    Wabtec Group
    WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff
    Yellow Rail

     

    Download the full list of previous attendees here.


    • Print
     The conference takes place over two days:
     Day 1: Strategic delivery of ERTMS and ETCS in the UK: long term plan, strategy and timelines for transitions 
     Day 2: Technical and operational challenges of ETCS implementation
     Flexible booking is available – please see prices and discounts page for details.
     Day 1 (21st March): Strategic delivery of ERTMS and ETCS in the UK: long term plan, strategy and timelines for transitions
    08:45Registration and refreshments
    09:30Chair’s opening remarks

    Michel Ruesen Managing Director ERTMS Users Group

    09:40Industry need for the digital railway and ERTMS: the Government’s support and plans
    • Digital railway – the next steps for delivery and why needed
    • Importance and benefits of ERTMS for the industry
    • Commitment and delivery 

    Henry Eddlestone Digital Railway Policy Lead Department for Transport

    10:10Delivering ERTMS in the UK: the role of ERTMS as part of the digital railway and how to maximise the benefits of ERTMS UPDATE
    • The business case for ERTMS – what are the benefits?
    • How does the specification for the UK differ from Europe?
    • Timelines in CP5 and CP6 for delivery and the roll-out plan

    Andrew Simmons Chief Systems Engineer – Digital Railway Network Rail

    10:40Morning refreshments
    11:10Passenger perspective and TOC update on progress and preparation for ETCS in 2017 UPDATE
    • Progress report
    • Update on train fitment
    • Knowledge sharing – the value of the Operational Specialist Experience Exchange
    • Developing technology solutions to help with training

    Paul Boyle Head of ERTMS Virgin Trains East Coast

    Vicki Havron Stakeholder and Engagement Manager Virgin Trains East Coast

    11:40Impact of the transition on freight: how is the sector preparing and what benefits are expected? UPDATE
    • Update on freight programme
    • Collaborative approach to freight deployment
    • Freight’s challenges – immediate & longer term
    • Taking stock – Freight & ERTMS

    Simon Gledhill ERTMS Project Manager DB Cargo Rail UK

    12:10Networking lunch
    13:10ERTMS Level 3: what is happening internationally and where has level 3 been tested? NEW
    • Where is ERTMS level 3 in operation?
    • How successful has testing been? The challenges and successes of level 3 use
    • Cost saving benefits of level 3 use
    • What lessons can we learn from European countries where ERTMS is already in operation?

    Martin Zweers Senior Specialist Signalling Systems Arcadis

    Marcel van der Vliet Project Manager ProRail

    13:40System specifications: how do all the systems interlink and communicate? NEW
    • Automatic Train Operation
    • CBTC
    • ETCS

    Chris Platt Associate Arup

    14:10ERTMS L2 + ∆ = ERTMS L3 NEW

    Christian Wallner Head of Train Control Product Strategy Thales

    Julian Gill Business Development Director Thales

    14:35Afternoon refreshments
    15:05Ensuring safety and standards for ERTMS
    • How do we create industry wide standards?
    • What is the progress with this?
    • Ensuring ERTMS is safely implemented for the whole industry 
    • Regulating change

    Ian Maxwell Head of Train Control Systems Office of Rail and Road

    15:45Panel discussion How can the industry implement ERTMS and secure maximum benefits? NEW
    • How will ERTMS be introduced industry wide – ensuring cooperation from the wider market
    • Fully capturing the benefits of ERTMS
    • Future proofing ETCS – planning for evolving technologies

    Simon Eastmond Senior Engineer Arup

    Marcel van der Vliet Project Manager ProRail

    Paul Boyle Head of ERTMS Virgin Trains East Coast

    Simon Gledhill ERTMS Project Manager DB Cargo Rail UK

    16:35Chair’s closing remarks
    16:45Close of conference and networking drinks
    *All sessions include time for Q & A*
    Find out about the flexible booking options for this event here.
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     Day 2 (22nd March): Technical and operational challenges of ETCS implementation
    08:45Registration and refreshments
    09:30Chair’s opening remarks
    09:40Maintaining operations during the transition NEW
    • Should a phased approach be used?
    • How to manage the migration process and keep lines operational
    • Ensuring all projects run to the correct timelines

    Peter Geens Head of Unit Federal Public Service for Mobility and Transport

    Thijs Teunissen Consultant Mott MacDonald

    10:10Cyber security: the risk assessment of ETCS based systems
    • Assessing risks
    • Impact cyber will have on ETCS in the future
    • What does this mean for operators and users?

    Robin Bloomfield Partner Adelard

    10:40Morning refreshments
    11:10Human factors and ETCS: planning and preparing for human factors and what the transition means for users
    • Wider industry engagement on the transition
    • Challenges of using and introducing a number of different systems
    • Long term awareness and training plans
    • Deciding and assessing competencies

    Harry Blanchard Principal Consultant Ricardo Rail

    11:40What can we learn from other technologies to help introduce ERTMS?

    Tim Griggs Associate Director Arup

    12:10Networking lunch
    13:10GSM-R: what’s next? UPDATE
    • The life span of GSM-R
    • What’s next following the end of GSM-R?
    • Emerging technologies that could replace GSM-R
    • How does the industry forward plan?
    • How can future proofing be built into plans and how can this relate to ETCS fitment?

    Duncan Robb Principal Consultant – Communications and Information Systems SNC Lavalin

    13:40Understanding constraints of the transition to ERTMS through modelling and simulation NEW
    • Constraints of the transition to ERTMS in the UK
    • Modelling and simulation for ERTMS
    • Approaches to better understand the constraints

    Dr Lei Chen Fellow Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education; The University of Birmingham

    14:10Afternoon refreshments
    14:40Panel Discussion How to plan to ensure a smooth operational transition and to introduce the necessary technology changes for ERTMS
    • Infrastructure changes needed
    • Maintenance and long term planning
    • Planning for on-going asset management
    • Future proofing for further advances

    Duncan Robb Principal Consultant – Communications and Information Systems SNC Lavalin

    Peter Geens Head of Unit Federal Public Service for Mobility and Transport

    Thijs Teunissen Consultant Mott MacDonald

    15:25Chair’s closing remarks
    15:35Close of conference
    *All sessions include time for Q & A*
    For up-to-date programme news and speaker announcements, follow us @WFrail. Join the conversation by using the hashtag #ERTMS17.
    If you are interested in getting involved with the programme, please email us.
  • Biographies

    Network Rail

    Andrew Simmons

    Chief Systems Engineer – Digital Railway

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    Arup

    Chris Platt

    Thales

    Christian Wallner

    Head of Train Control Product Strategy

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    Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education; The University of Birmingham

    Dr Lei Chen

    SNC Lavalin

    Duncan Robb

    Principal Consultant - Communications and Information Systems

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    Ricardo Rail

    Harry Blanchard

    Principal Consultant

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    Department for Transport

    Henry Eddlestone

    Digital Railway Policy Lead

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    Office of Rail and Road

    Ian Maxwell

    Head of Train Control Systems

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    Thales

    Julian Gill

    Business Development Director

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    ProRail

    Marcel van der Vliet

    Project Manager

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    Arcadis

    Martin Zweers

    Senior Specialist Signalling Systems

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    ERTMS Users Group

    Michel Ruesen

    Managing Director

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    Virgin Trains East Coast

    Paul Boyle

    Head of ERTMS Projects

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    Federal Public Service for Mobility and Transport

    Peter Geens

    Head of Unit

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    Adelard

    Robin Bloomfield

    Arup

    Simon Eastwood

    Senior Engineer

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    DB Cargo Rail UK

    Simon Gledhill

    ERTMS Project Manager

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    Mott MacDonald

    Thijs Teunissen

    Consultant

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    Arup

    Tim Griggs

    Associate Director

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    Virgin Trains East Coast

    Vicki Havron

    Stakeholder and Engagement Manager

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some of this year’s speakers:

Andrew Simmons

Chief Systems Engineer – Digital Railway
Network Rail

Chris Platt

Associate
Arup

Christian Wallner

Head of Train Control Product Strategy
Thales

Dr Lei Chen

Fellow
Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education; The University of Birmingham

Duncan Robb

Principal Consultant - Communications and Information Systems
SNC Lavalin

Harry Blanchard

Principal Consultant
Ricardo Rail

Henry Eddlestone

Digital Railway Policy Lead
Department for Transport

Ian Maxwell

Head of Train Control Systems
Office of Rail and Road

Julian Gill

Business Development Director
Thales

Marcel van der Vliet

Project Manager
ProRail

Martin Zweers

Senior Specialist Signalling Systems
Arcadis

Michel Ruesen

Managing Director
ERTMS Users Group

Paul Boyle

Head of ERTMS Projects
Virgin Trains East Coast

Peter Geens

Head of Unit
Federal Public Service for Mobility and Transport

Robin Bloomfield

Partner
Adelard

Simon Eastwood

Senior Engineer
Arup

Simon Gledhill

ERTMS Project Manager
DB Cargo Rail UK

Thijs Teunissen

Consultant
Mott MacDonald

Tim Griggs

Associate Director
Arup

Vicki Havron

Stakeholder and Engagement Manager
Virgin Trains East Coast

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