More than 200 delegates from 60 organisations, representing the best and brightest young talent in the rail industry, are attending the Next Generation Rail conference organised and sponsored by RSSB.
Now in its fourth year, the annual conference has become a must-attend event for young rail professionals and early-career researchers from both industry and academia. The event saw academics, transport researchers and business leaders issuing a challenge: to harness innovation and creativity to help deliver a railway that keeps pace with changes in technology and meets customers' ever changing expectations.
Chris Lawrence, RSSB's Technical Director said: RSSB is very proud to be part of this exciting event. I also commend young professionals for the work they are doing in encouraging young people to see rail as a career. This is vital for the sustainability of the industry. He added: Customers' expectations of railways are changing all the time. The Rail Technical Strategy, published by RSSB in 2012, sets out how the industry can improve both the customer experience and efficiency. This will not be achieved overnight, but our goals are achievable.
Next Generation Rail runs from 29 June to 1 July 2016, at the National Training Academy for Rail in Northampton, and was the headline event of Rail Week, organised by Young Rail Professionals (YRP) and supported by RSSB, to encourage college and university students to consider rail as a career.