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Network Rail to participate in one-to-one consultations with expert solution providers at the 7th International Railway Summit

Press Release   •   Jul 12, 2018 08:00 BST

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Network Rail, owner and infrastructure manager for the mainline railway network of Great Britain, will seek expert solutions at the 7th International Railway Summit in Frankfurt from 20-22 February 2019. Network Rail will be represented by Chief Technology Officer, Professor Andy Doherty.

Network Rail is a public sector body of the United Kingdom's Department of Transport, owning over 30,000km of track and more than 2,500 stations, in addition to bridges, tunnels, viaducts etc. The organisation is charged with maintenance and enhancements, traffic management and signalling operations, timetabling and train service allocation, asset management, property development, and major station development. Network Rail manage 20 of the UK's largest stations, including Manchester Piccadilly and Birmingham New Street.

The number of people travelling on the network has doubled over the past 20 years, and Network Rail is undertaking a £38bn programme of upgrades both to meet the new demand and remain at the head of technological progress. Headline projects include Crossrail, HS2, and Thameslink. They are also implementing the Digital Railway Programme, which aims to increase capacity, reduce delays, enhance safety, and drive down costs.

Professor Andy Doherty, Chief Technology Officer of Network Rail, will be a VIP guest at the 7th International Railway Summit and will take part in bespoke one-to-one consultation meetings with technology solution providers throughout the event.

Organisations and individuals interested in learning more about the International Railway Summit and about how they can participate in the event can visit www.irits.org or contact the organisers, IRITS Events.

International Railway Summit is a meeting of senior executives representing the world’s key rail operators, rail infrastructure management companies, national and local governments, rolling stock manufacturers and a wide range of solution providers.

International Railway Summit provides a 'matchmaking' service between rail industry leaders ('buyers') and technical experts, based on buyer delegates' project requirements and the proven expertise of large and small suppliers that we have carefully handpicked. Based on this matchmaking, buyer delegates attend one-to-one consultation sessions with suitable suppliers during the annual summit.

In addition to the one-to-one meetings, delegates also attend a conference programme given by key industry leaders and experts and network over lunches and dinners with their counterparts and industry colleagues from all over the world. International Railway Summit is hosted by IRITS Events. The 5th International Railway Summit will take place on 15-17 November 2017 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, the first time the event will be hosted in Asia. The 6th International Railway Summit on 21-23 February 2018 in Prague, Czech Republic.

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