Vehicle / Track Adhesion Research Group

    Scope

    The Adhesion Research Group (V/T ARG) exists to:

    • Promote a wider understanding of the fundamental science and engineering behind wheel/rail adhesion and related topics, such as wheel/rail electrical continuity.
    • Ensure a common and system-wide approach to these topics by rolling stock designers, rolling stock operators, rolling stock owners, infrastructure owners, infrastructure maintainers, specialist suppliers, and industry experts.

    The Adhesion Research Group will:

    • Act as a sponsor for the ADHERE research portfolio
    • Track the progress and delivery of endorsed live research portfolio projects and propose scope, remit, timescale or budget adjustments, as necessary
    • Cooperate with the Seasonal Challenge Steering Group to ensure that opportunities for the implementation of successfully delivered research on the running railway are identified and actioned and that ideas for relevant new research stemming from the day to day experiences of rail operators are heard and actively considered.

    Message from the chair

    Contamination of the railhead is caused by biological, chemical and physical factors, some of which cannot be easily monitored or controlled.Low adhesion issues arise throughout the year, caused by moisture, diesel fuel, or grease. V/T ARG promotes understanding of wheel/rail adhesion and related topics, and ensures a common and system-wide approach to these.  We act as a sponsor for the ADHERE research portfolio and cooperate with the Seasonal Challenge Steering Group to implement research on the running railway. 

      Membership

      The group's membership is made up of the following industry categories:

      • passenger train operators
      • rolling stock owners and leasing companies
      • infrastructure managers and owners
      • suppliers and rolling stock manufacturers
      • academia
      • RSSB
      • Department for Transport
      • Office of Rail and Road.
      Chair of committee: Neil Ovenden
      RSSB main representative: Anup Chalisey
      Other Members
      Company
      Representing
      Other members
      Yunshi Zhao
      SNC-Lavalin Rail & Transit Limited
      Supplier
      Paul Molyneux-Berry
      SNC-Lavalin Rail & Transit Limited
      Supplier
      Mark Hanham
      RSSB
      Sam Twum-Barima
      Keolis Amey Docklands Limited
      Non Passenger Train Operator
      Stuart Brown
      ESG Rail Limited
      Supplier
      Neil Ovenden
      Passenger Train Operating Company
      Phil Sharpe
      Office of Rail and Road
      Office of Rail Regulation
      Ian Jones
      Merseyrail Electrics 2002 Limited
      Passenger Train Operating Company
      Dave Eveleigh
      Great Western Railway Limited
      Passenger Train Operating Company
      Andy Nicholas
      Knorr-Bremse Rail Systems (UK) Ltd
      Supplier
      Brian Boucher
      Bombardier Transportation UK Limited
      Manufacturers
      Kurt Haselsteiner
      Knorr-Bremse Rail Systems (UK) Ltd
      Supplier
      Catriona Hannon
      Keolis Amey Docklands Limited
      Light Rail
      Toby Goodwin
      London Underground Limited
      Andy Giles
      Met Desk
      Notified Body
      Roger Lewis
      The University Of Sheffield
      Academia
      Tanya Ball
      LNT Solutions
      Supplier
      Alan Lawton
      Rail Delivery Group
      Passenger Train Operating Company
      Victoria Chapman
      Met Office
      Supplier
      Helen Viner
      Jonathan Paragreen
      LBFoster
      Supplier
      Keith Hutchins
      Siemens PLC
      Supplier
      Jane Osayimwen
      Network Rail Infrastructure Limited
      Infrastructure Manager
      Paul Allen
      University of Huddersfield
      Academia
      Simon Green
      Govia Thameslink Railway
      Passenger Train Operating Company
      Sanjay Albert
      Knorr-Bremse Rail Systems (UK) Ltd
      Supplier
      Richard Neil
      Angel Trains Ltd
      Rolling Stock Owner
      Paul Gray
      Rail Safety and Standards Board Ltd
      RSSB
      Anup Chalisey
      Rail Safety and Standards Board Ltd
      RSSB
      Steven Arumainayagam
      Mark Langdon
      Network Rail Infrastructure Limited
      Andy Doherty
      Infrastructure Manager
      Kieran Duggan
      Network Rail - North West & Central Region
      Infrastructure Manager
      Mark Burstow
      Network Rail Infrastructure Limited
      Infrastructure Manager
      Ben Woods
      Keolis Amey Operations/Gweithrediadau Keolis Amey Limited
      Passenger Train Operating Company
      David Clarke
      Railway Industry Association (RIA)
      RIA
      Clive Burrows
      First Group PLC
      Passenger Train Operating Company
      Brian Haddock
      Network Rail Infrastructure Limited
      Infrastructure Manager
      Alastair Roberts
      Atkins Ltd
      Supplier
      Michael Jacks
      First Trenitalia West Coast Rail Ltd
      Passenger Train Operating Company
      Chris Wells
      Railway Braking Associates Limited
      Supplier
      Nicola Steele
      First Trenitalia West Coast Rail Ltd
      Passenger Train Operating Company
      Jennifer Hosey
      Network Rail - Southern Region
      Infrastructure Manager
      Jennifer Hosey
      Network Rail - Southern Region
      Ben Altman
      Rail Safety and Standards Board Ltd
      RSSB
      Peter Williams
      First Trenitalia West Coast Rail Ltd
      Passenger Train Operating Company
      Emma Bassey
      Rail Safety and Standards Board Ltd
      RSSB
      Stephen Lewis
      The University Of Sheffield
      Gilbert Rowe
      London Underground Limited
      Infrastructure Manager
      Julian Stow
      University of Huddersfield
      Academia
      David Buckley
      Angel Trains Ltd
      Rolling Stock Owner
      Anthony Lindsell
      Arcadis
      Lauren Rundle
      Transport For London (TFL)
      Rob Cummings
      Arriva Rail North Ltd
      Passenger Train Operating Company
      Peter McCreery
      Network Rail Infrastructure Limited
      Infrastructure Manager
      Mark Molyneux
      Rail Delivery Group
      Notified Body
      Do you need to get in touch with this group?
      Contact our Industry Groups Manager for questions about the next meeting or about vacancies within this group.
      Ros Osawe
      Tel: 0203 142 5425
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