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Plenary TLG


Friday, 22 November 2019 from 09:00 to 16:00 (GMT)

Plenary TLG

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Plenary TLG - Innovation: Making it Real in Rail


Plenary TLG is a forum for customers and producers of engineering, innovation, technology, R&D and science in the rail industry. While rail is frequently characterised by those outside the industry (in the media or often by politicians) as being averse to innovation and technologically backward, we know that in fact rail in the UK is extremely innovative and that it has always used technology productively and creatively. We also know, however, that it can be hard and thankless to introduce innovation onto the railway, and that it often takes far too long. Plenary TLG is a thus bridge between those ‘producing’ railway innovation and those ‘consuming’ it. Its purpose is to illuminate, for producers, those areas of the railway most in need of new and better technologies; and at the same to give rail technology users, the customers and funders of innovation and R&D, an appreciation of what technology can and cannot deliver now and into the future. The day is designed to be full of debate and discussion and is very much intended as an active forum rather than a seminar.

The session will be chaired by Nick Donovan and agenda items for the day include:






Opening remarks

Chair – Nick Donovan


The New Technical Leadership Group

Role, how it operates, making it relevant to the rail industry today and tomorrow

Ian Flynn / Neil Ovenden, RDG


Innovation in Rail

Innovation Leadership Group achieving industry ‘pull’ so that R&D, technology and innovation address the right problem; a formal ‘pipeline’ of big problems to solve

Richard Jones, RIA





Railway Technical Strategy

Luisa Moisio, RSSB

5.1 Strategy refresh

5.2 Workshop sessions

5.3 Conclusions and next steps


UKRRIN   Update

Synopsis of the outcomes of the previous day’s events (UKKRIN annual conference)

Clive Roberts

University of Birmingham





Environmental sustainability

Strategy overviews followed by a panel discussion


Andrew Kluth, RSSB

Anthony Perret, RSSB

Rossa Donovan, NR

8.1 Decarbonisation

8.2 Air quality

8.3 Vegetation biodiversity





New Network Performance Board

Tackling the industry’s most systemic problem -  poor performance






Nick Donovan,


10.1 Overview

10.2 Panel discussion


Wrap up and discussion

The top three things TLG must do in the next 12 months

Iain Flynn / Neil Ovenden,   RDG



Chair – Nick Donovan



Do you have questions about Plenary TLG? Contact RDG

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Birmingham Repertory Theatre
Centenary Square
Broad Street
B1 2EP Birmingham
United Kingdom

Friday, 22 November 2019 from 09:00 to 16:00 (GMT)

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