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Where is the future railway

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Technical lecture
08 January 2020 17:00 - 19:30
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17.00 Complementary tea, coffee and sandwiches.

17.45 Meeting commences.

Note that there is a last minute change of presenter. Dr Will Midgley, who was appointed lecturer in Intelligent Mechatronics and Control Systems Engineering at Loughborough in 2017, will now make the presentation.

Ambitious research projects throughout history have sought to improve rail transport by promising higher speed, higher capacity and greater connectivity, but many fail to reach network-wide uptake. Across other transport sectors such as the aviation and automotive industry, an adoption of disruptive technology has seen significant, multi-faceted performance improvements, yet somehow the rail industry seems to lag in these developments.

Will is an academic in the Wolfson School of Mechanical Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering at Loughborough University. He has an active research portfolio in rail research. This talk will take a look at active research in rail and how it is driving towards a future vehicle that meets the changing needs of transport.

Joint event with PWI

The meeting will be held in Network Rail’s Davidson House offices, Forbury Square, The Forbury, Reading RG1 3EU. The offices are about 7 minutes walk from Reading Station forecourt. From Reading Station South side, turn left and walk past the Rail/Air coach stop, then turn right into Blagrave Street. Continue past the Museum on the left, and on approaching Marks & Spencer bear left. The main Post Office will be ahead, St.Laurence Church on the left; keep left and enter The Forbury. After c.150m you will reach Forbury Square on the right; turn right to face the entrance to Davidson House. Enter through the main doors, past the ground floor reception and through the security barriers (no sign-in or swipecard needed), then via the lift to the 4th floor. Approach the doors labelled “Reception” and follow the instructions on the PWI notice on the door to gain access to Meeting Room No.1 and the facilities. The person giving you access will ask you to sign the PWI Register at this point.
The meeting room is open from 1700, tea and coffee is provided courtesy of our sponsor, Network Rail, and the PWI Section provides a light buffet of sandwiches and savouries. Meetings commence promptly at 1745.


Will Midgley is a lecturer in Mechatronics Engineering at the Wolfson School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering.


Davidson House - Reading
Forbury Square
United Kingdom

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