Radisson BLU, Glasgow
Date & Time
9am, March 5, 2020
10+ Professionals
500 Seats

About Rail: North of the Border Conference and Exhibition

Dress Code: Business Wear

Following on from our sell out inaugural event, we’re delighted to announce Rail: North of the Border is taking place in Glasgow on 5th March 2020. The event will continue the discussion into the delivery of Scotland’s rail projects, with top level speakers offering the latest insight into future plans. With CP6 a year in, the event will examine the country’s key objectives and offer an opportunity to gain a comprehensive understanding of the market, network with the region’s most influential figures and generate legitimate business opportunities.

Rail: North of the Border offers something for everyone, including opportunities to deliver technical presentations, exhibit in the networking zone, brand and attend

For more information on how you can get involved email enquiry@peloton-events.co.uk, or contact 0161 519 8950.



Speaker Presentation

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Hitachi Rail
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Network Rail 1
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Network Rail 2
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Our Speakers

Michael Matheson

Michael Matheson

Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity (MSP)
Alison Ball

Alison Ball

UKIMEA Social Value Lead (Arup)
Mike Muldoon

Mike Muldoon

Head of Business Development & Marketing (Alstom UK & Ireland)
Tim Burleigh

Tim Burleigh

Head of External Relations (Eversholt Rail)
Catherine Hall

Catherine Hall

Head of Strategic Planning (Network Rail, Scotland)
William Wilson

William Wilson

Chief Executive Officer (Siemens Mobility)
Colin Lamb

Colin Lamb

Route Asset Manager (Network Rail)
Dave Holman

Dave Holman

Specialist – Hydrogen & CCUS (Scottish Enterprise)
David Clarke

David Clarke

Technical Director (RIA)
David Leven

David Leven

Head of High Value Manufacturing (Scottish Enterprise)
George Davidson

George Davidson

Rolling Stock Programme Sponsor (Transport Scotland)
Adrian Shooter

Adrian Shooter

Chief Executive (Vivarail)
Jim Brewin

Jim Brewin

UK Country Lead (Hitachi Rail Ltd)
Alastair Macfarlane

Alastair Macfarlane

Route Asset Manager Geotechnics Drainage & Off-Track
Keira McLuskey

Keira McLuskey

Sustainability Strategy Manager (Scotland), Network Rail
Alex Hynes

Alex Hynes

Managing Director (Scotland’s Railway)
Bill Reeve

Bill Reeve

Director of Rail (Transport Scotland)

Event Schedule


08.00 -09.00 – Registration and networking

09.15 -09.30 – Michael Matheson - Cabinet Secretary for Transport
09.30 – 09.45 – Catherine Hall – Head of Strategic Planning - Network Rail
09.45 – 10.15 - “A Transport network for everyone: the Social Value of Railway projects” – in partnership with Arup
• Alison Ball - UKIMEA Social Value Lead - Arup
• Bill Reeve - Director of Rail, Transport Scotland
• Catherine Hall - Head of Strategic Planning - Network Rail
10.15 – 10.30 - Alstom – hydrogen train capabilities - Mike Muldoon
10.30 – 11.00 – Coffee
11.00 – 11.15 Siemens Mobility – William Wilson
11.15 – 11.30 Hitachi – Battery train capabilities – Jim Brewin
11.35 – 12.05 – Seminar Session 1
Interdisciplinary practice BDP led the design of Glasgow Queen Street Station Redevelopment from initial concept to completion of detailed design for construction. The design of the station provides resilience for a doubling in passenger numbers by 2042, whilst supporting the objectives of Network Rail’s EGIP programme, cutting journey times on clean, green electric trains.
As construction of this nationally significant rail project nears completion, BDP’s team will present its story showcasing the fascinating journey that led from electrification and platform extensions, to a design opportunity resulting in a contemporary landmark station reflecting its role as a gateway to Glasgow.
Atkins (part of theSNC Lavalin Group )
Embedding carbon management throughout a project workstream to reduce carbon emissions
With the backdrop of Scottish Government commitment of decarbonising Scotland’s Railway by 2035, and Glasgow hosting the UN Climate Change COP26 this year, this presentation will focus on how the Scottish rail industry can embed carbon management to help quantify and reduce carbon emissions throughout a project workstream, including clear actions and job specific roles, and applying carbon calculation and assessment tools.
ABB Power Grids
ABB Power Grids have been at the forefront of sustainable mobility and provides innovative solution for electrical power and automation relative to railways and electric vehicles.
Battery and Hybrid trains provide a sustainable means of transportation and are a key to achieving decarbonisation of the Scottish Rail Network and indeed for the rest of the UK from 2035 onwards.
Utilising intelligent energy management system with grid connections to renewables sources of supply, combination of terminal and flash charging systems (utilising both AC and DC systems) ensures that the on-board energy storage system is fully charged and optimised at the end of the line without requiring longer stoppage periods.
Our cost optimisation tool helps size the entire system, on-board batteries and charging points on the line to meet a lower total cost of operation and ownership.
12.15 – 12.45 – Seminar Session 2
The presentation will cover:
  • The main choices for power sources for future rail services, including diesel, electro-diesel bi-mode, electric (including discrete electrification), battery electric and hydrogen
  • The economic, sustainability (including decarbonisation) and operational factors that affect the choice for different types of service, including the balance between them, the phasing of vehicle and infrastructure investment and putting passengers first
  • Case studies of projects that Jacobs has been involved in from Merseyside (potential benefits of battery units), Dublin (electric v batteries v electro-diesel bi-mode) and Toronto (hydrogen v electrification)

BOC is leading the way in the development of hydrogen infrastructure for mobility. Our team developed and operates the highest performing bus refuelling station in Europe, the Kittybrewster Hydrogen Facility in Aberdeen. Our parent company Linde is already working with Alstom in Europe to power hydrogen fuelled trains.
In the UK, we are working closing with government, councils and partners to introduce the country’s first hydrogen fuelled trains, supported by strategically located storage and refuelling sites. We have the capability to produce and dispense large volumes of hydrogen that will fuel trains by 2022 and will give hydrogen a valuable role to play in the future of rail and net zero.
In recent times Li-Ion batteries became available for rail traction. Diesel battery hybrid shunting locos for emission free shunting in halls and fuel saving due to optimized operation of the diesel engines became state of the are in the last few years.
For working machines “yellow cars” battery systems are used for emission free operation in tunnels and for more silent work during day and night.
All mayor train manufacturers are offering new trainsets with Li-Ion batteries for catenary free operation of EMUs.
In this seminar the possibilities and boundaries of Li-Ion batteries for traction applications in yellow cars, passenger trains and shunting locos will be explained.
It will be shown how Li-Ion batteries work in combination with fuel cells, diesel engines and pantographs. The possibilities for new trainsets and for refurbishments will be presented. A small part of the seminar will be used to show, how passenger safety is guaranteed.
12.45 – 13.45 - Lunch
13.55 – 14.25 Seminar Session 3
SPL Powerlines
SPL shall be presenting a technical seminar on the efficient approach to installing foundations on site. SPL have recently developed a high capacity pile cap that increased the usage of a 610CHS foundations on projects.
SPL identified there was an inconsistent approach to installing foundations on projects so have now developed a standard 610 CHS pile complete with a high capacity pile cap that can increase its usage considerably. Recent application has seen the deployment of the standard pile and high capacity cap used on 93% of the foundations installed.
By standardising the design and installation, projects can be delivered quicker by removing the need for wet trades. Additionally projects have experienced a significant improvement on programme durations and quality of installation. Innovations such as this will continue to assist with the current de-carbonisation programme.
Leica Geosystems
Virtualising Assets through 3D Digitisation.
As market leaders in 3D capture technology, we will demonstrate how rail assets can be captured quickly, accurately and remotely using 3D scanning technologies with little to no disruption.
Through innovative design and mobile operation, our systems are delivering a complete digital picture for asset management and design. Virtually visit a facility or structure, digitally design to analyse clashes and identify defects and use the digital truth to evaluate and visualise your projects and communicate them globally.
Improved safety, faster turnarounds, and easier access to accurate 3D facility documentation allows for better decisions and cost reductions, all delivered with Leica Geosystems 3D scanning solutions.
Using advanced polymer technology, Trelleborg’s Antivibration Solutions (AVS) operation specializes in the field of rubber-to-metal bonding for the removal of unwanted noise and vibration. Part of the Trelleborg Group, we harness over 100 years of experience to solve a wide range of application and environmental challenges in sectors including rail, marine, industrial and off-highway. Focused on isolation, attenuation and suspension solutions of unrivaled quality and reliability, we have a reputation for high quality, outstanding performance, and long service life. Our commitment and expert polymer technologies optimize comfort, health and safety while creating maximum business value through improved longevity, productivity and cost-effectiveness.
14.25 – 14.30 – Chair afternoon welcome
14.30 – 14.45 Alastair MacFarlane (Network Rail) - An overview of the Network Rail Research and Development (R&D) program alongside some examples of practical application of R&D on Scotland’s Railway
14.45 – 15.00 David Leven – Head of High Value Manufacturing, Scottish Enterprise
15.00 – 15.15 David Clarke, Technical Director, RIA – What the supply chain require
15.15 – 15.30 Alex Hynes, Managing Director, Scotland’s Railway
15.30 – 16.00 – Refreshments
16.00 – 16.15 – Adrian Shooter, CEO, Viva Rail
16.15 - 16.25 - George Davidson, Rolling Stock Programmes Sponsor - Scotland’s rolling stock strategy for the next 25 years
16.25 – 16.45 - Panel Discussion – George Davidson – Rolling Stock, in partnership with Eversholt Rail
16.45 - 17.00 – Bill Reeve, Director of Rail, Transport Scotland
17.00 – 17.45 – Drinks reception

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