1st Annual (2019)

A Practical Guide to Delivering a More Resilient Transport Network

Tuesday 07 May 2019


Registration and refreshments
Chair’s welcome and opening remarks
Paul Jackson
Engineering Professional
Planning for a more resilient transport network
  • Establishing a more resilient, secure and risk free transport network - responding to the current challenges
  • Reinforcing the importance of a long term resilience plan
  • Recognising political instability and its effects on the transportation network
Jonah Edgerly
Safety and Resilience Engineer
Peter Geake
Technical Director – Asset and Risk Management
Improving the recovery time of the transport network
  • Identifying the quickest and most efficient solutions to delays and overcrowding
  • Identifying policy responses to prioritise the reduction of delays under normal conditions to improve the efficiency of urban road systems
  • Supporting investments that improve resilience
Successfully responding to unexpected issues: planning the best responses
  • Lessons learnt from recent incidents
  • How to improve your response to the unexpected? 
  • The importance of scenario planning and collaboration and co-ordination within the industry 
  • Optimising communication strategies to successfully manage diverse disruptions - contingency plans, having as tool kit of interventions
  • Looking for early warnings and using real-time information 
Duncan Cross
Associate Director
Morning refreshments
Managing customer expectations when responding to major disruptions
  • How have the new schedules and recent changes affected people's perceptions?
  • Responding to unplanned disruptions while maintaining a positive experience for all passengers
  • How to minimise disruption to people’s lives, while responding to multiple disturbances?
  • Taking passenger feedback into account when establishing emergency plans
Guy Dangerfield
Head of Strategy
Transport Focus
How data can help optimise day-to-day performance and provide quicker decision making?
  • Helping operators make decisions faster when incidents occur
  • Creating prediction models allowing train controllers to forecast what impact their interventions will have
  • Providing transparency around how passengers will be affected
River Tamoor Baig
Chief Executive and Founder
Hack Partners
Networking lunch
PANEL DISCUSSION: Guaranteeing an effective response in extreme weather: how to respond to major issues?
  • Responding to issues arising from extreme weather events
  • Predicting freezing conditions challenges, and establishing a responsive plan
  • Setting out and implementing long-term strategic planning for cold weather
  • Considering the main types of impacts faced from extreme weather incidents, and learning how to respond to them
  • Creating advanced plans for challenges created by weather conditions
  • Implementing a flexible strategy plan to adapt to climate change
  • Lesson learnt from recent incidents
Lisa Constable
Weather Resilience and Climate Change Adaptation Strategy Manager
Network Rail
Solving the resilience problem in the digital railway
  • Exploring the challenge of resilience in the digital world
  • Introducing tools to create resilience-driven systems
  • And why we need to change our mindset about our approach
Tim Whitcher
Solution Lead, Digital Railway
Afternoon refreshments
Cyber resilience: efficiently responding to new threats
  • NIS Directive and NIS Regulations - recognising the principles, understanding its importance and the implications for the transport network
  • Next steps towards improving the response to new threats
  • Highlighting the threats facing the sector and possible solutions to growing threats
  • Overcoming key cyber challenges within the sector
CP6 - adopting major plans to increase resilience on the railways
  • Priorities for improving performance in CP6
  • Addressing the vulnerability of our existing infrastructure
  • Determining the appropriate interventions needed to help minimise risk, damage and disruption
  • Developing a more accurate and resilient timetable - moving towards ‘per second’ timetabling
Uncovering the real consequences of not addressing the current and growing skills gap
  • Identifying the long-term effects of accumulating skills shortages in the industry
  • What are the short and long terms costs of not addressing skills issues within the sector?
  • Increasing interest in young people to work in the rail industry
  • Next steps and priorities
  • What can we do now to mitigate the effects of an ageing workforce?
Chair's closing remarks
Close of conference and networking drinks

*All sessions include time for Q & A*