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March 2019
RSF/CILT Visit to the new Thames Valley Signalling Centre, Didcot FULLY BOOKEDBook Now
Start Date:26/03/2019 14:00:00
End Date:26/03/2019 16:00:00
Event Code:RSF0039

When: 26 March 2019, 14:00 - 16:00
Where: Thames Valley Signalling Centre, Basil Hill Rd, Didcot OX11 7HE
Meeting Point: TBC

Speaker: Tom Desmond, TVSC Operations Manager (Inner) Network Rail

With the kind of cooperation of Network Rail Western Route, RSF are delighted to announce a two-hour visit to the TVSC at Didcot, starting at 14:00 on Tuesday 26th March.
The visit will include information and experience of the first Network Rail route to operate Resonate’s Traffic Management system (Paddington to Bristol Parkway) since June 2018.
The Ops Floor and Relay Room will also be visited and an update given of the changes made following transfer of control from the panel boxes that existed across the Western Route, the commissioning of the new platforms, track and signalling at Reading Station. Some practical experience on the signalling simulator may also be possible.
The visit will be hosted by Tom Desmond, Operations Manager (Inner), who will include a description of operations across Western Route, the current challenges and upcoming changes. The maximum participant number is 10 for this CILT member-only visit so early application is advised.

What to Bring:  please bring ID

Book through Membership Services, Tel: 01536 740104 or email: quoting the event code: RSF0039

April 2019
Start Date:04/04/2019 09:30:00
End Date:04/04/2019 14:30:00
Event Code:COR0372

When: Thursday 4th April 2019, (09:00 registration) 09:30 - 14:30
Where: Computacenter Head Office, Hatfield Avenue, Hertfordshire, AL10 9TW
CPD: 2 Hours

Are you planning to grow your business in Germany?

Or perhaps Brexit uncertainties require a review of your distribution strategy in mainland Europe?

Maybe you would like your company to look “more European” post Brexit, perhaps with a branch or subsidiary registered in Germany (GmbH)?

If you are looking towards Europe to secure existing business or build more, then the CILT Round Table “Doing Business in Germany” on Thursday 4 April 2019 in Hatfield, Herts should be of interest.

Our speaker is Ms Dagmar Wülknitz, a Project Manger for NRW.INVEST, the economic development agency for the state of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW), Germany – see

NRW is Germany’s most economically successful and populous state, adjacent to the Netherlands and Belgium. It is Germany’s industrial and commercial heartland and includes the cities of Düsseldorf, Cologne, Dortmund, Duisburg and the Ruhr.

NRW is also the logistics and transport centre of Europe with 160 million people living within a 500 kms radius of the state capital Düsseldorf.

Dagmar and her UK based colleague Andrew Harfoot. Help UK firms to set up and grow in NRW, Germany. Their service is free and confidential.

There are over 1,500 UK firms already based in NRW including GKN, BP, Dyson, AO, Lush, Vodafone, Johnson Matthey and Computacenter.

If you are considering Germany then NRW.INVEST can help you find land or property in NRW, recruit local people or set up a German legal entity.

As an existing investor in NRW, Germany, Computacenter is kindly hosting this CILT Round Table at its Hatfield, Herts Head Office. The morning presentations will be followed by a tour of Computacenter’s Integration Centre.

If you are considering expanding your business in Germany post Brexit, this event will provide valuable insight.

Please see here for venue map.

Tea, coffee and a light buffet will be provided.


Please note the delegate list for this event will be vetted by the host, NRW.Invest, whose prerogative it is to accept or decline, without reason, a delegate’s attendance.

Book online or contact Membership Services, Tel: 01536 740104 or email: quoting the event code: COR0372

Sir Peter Hendy CBEBook Now
Start Date:10/04/2019 18:30:00
End Date:10/04/2019 20:00:00
Event Code:LR0384

When: 10 April 17:45 (for 18:30) - 20:00
Where: London Metropolitan University, Moorgate
Meeting Point: Security

Speaker: Sir Peter Hendy, CBE,   Chairman, Network Rail

Vernon Murphy Memorial lecture joint London Region/ RSF event

It has been said recently, and rightly so, that the railway industry in the UK is bordering on the edge of a great change. Throughout the Vernon Murphy Memorial Lecture, Sir Peter Hendy will discuss the evolving landscape of UK rail, and the steps being taken to address the declining performance of the last few years, despite huge investment in infrastructure.
Far too often in the industry, we talk about how transport works, rather than what it is for. In increasingly metronised and urban towns and cities, is it the connectivity provided by transport which drives economic growth, jobs and housing better than anything else. Fantastic new infrastructure unlocks new journey opportunities and connections, and allows people to travel to their places of work and access education, health and leisure.
However, whilst investment in infrastructure, maintenance and enhancements of the railways is necessary due to the sheer demands for greater capacity, connectivity, frequency and speed, excellent service for passengers and freight customers relies on more than just projects and engineering. 
Everyone agrees that it is time for a change in the industry, which has been operating within a structure where decision making is too difficult, insufficiently devolved, too introspective and contractual. Sir Peter will discuss at length the change that we might see over the coming months and years to ensure that the railway is running safely and efficiently to better serve passengers and freight.

Refreshments will be provided.

Book online now or contact Membership Services, Tel: 01536 740104 or email: quoting the event code: LR0384

Transport FocusBook Now
Start Date:16/04/2019 19:00:00
End Date:16/04/2019 20:30:00
Event Code:GTG0361

: 16 April 2018, 18:30 for 19:00 - 20:30
Where: Woolsack Room, Harlequin Theatre, Warwick Crescent, Redhill, Surrey, RH1 1NN
Meeting Point: Woolsack Room  

Speaker: Sharon Hedges, Senior Stakeholder Manager, Transport Focus

Transport Focus is an independent watchdog, which aims to put the interests of transport users first and its mission is to get the best deal for road users and rail/road passengers. Come along to learn about their increasing remit and how they aim to meet these objectives.

Refreshments and a light buffet will be provided.

Book online now or contact Membership Services, Tel: 01536 740104 or email: quoting the event code: GTG0361

How can we utilise rail to strengthen supply chains in the light of the HGV driver shortage?Book Now
Start Date:25/04/2019 10:00:00
End Date:25/04/2019 14:00:00
Event Code:COR0374

When: Thursday 25th April 2019, 10:00 - 14:00
Where: PD Ports, Eustace House, Teesport, Grangetown, TS6 6UD

As the UK continues to feel the impact of an over-burdened road network and a chronic HGV driver shortage, shippers are looking for alternative ways to move cargo. Rail freight is a reliable and cost-effective method for transporting cargo around the country. Although using rail can help customers reduce carbon emissions and cut costs in their supply chains, there are still companies out there not seeing what using rail could do for them.

With an onsite rail terminal that celebrated its fourth anniversary late last year and the introduction of a second rail connection to Scotland recently, Teesport is well-placed to start a discussion about how businesses can utilise rail more within their supply chains.

Our roundtable event looks to discuss rail freight with representatives from different elements of the supply chain. A panel discussion will take place for those working within logistics and supply chain management to give their perspective on rail, its’ benefits, how they think rail will progress, and talk about what more we can do more collectively to encourage its use.

This panel is aimed at people wanting to know more about what using rail can do in the supply chain.

Please note the delegate list for this event will be vetted by the host, PD Ports, whose prerogative it is to accept or decline, without reason, a delegate’s attendance.

Book online or contact Membership Services, Tel: 01536 740104 or email: quoting the event code: COR0374
May 2019
The Stoke Station MasterplanBook Now
Start Date:07/05/2019 18:30:00
End Date:07/05/2019 20:00:00
Event Code:STG0370

When: 07 May 18:00 for 18:30 - 20:00
Where: Stoke 6th Form College, Leek Road, Stoke on Trent, ST4 2RU
Meeting Point: Room G57, Ground Floor

Speaker: Richard Chadwick, Strategic Manager, City of Stoke-on-Trent and Brian Edwards, Team Manager, Safe & Sustainable Transport, City of Stoke-on-Trent

Stoke-on-Trent Rail Station is a Grade II listed building dating from 1848 which is currently catering for over three million passenger journeys per annum and rising. There is an ambition to increase the number of services using the station – from HS2 to local service enhancements – and also to develop the station and its environs into an attractive and easily accessible city interchange, gateway and destination. To achieve its true potential will require partnership working between public and private sector. An update will be provided with progress to date and both shorter and longer terms proposals.

Book online now or contact Membership Services, Tel: 01536 740104 or email: quoting the event code: STG0370

Visit to Scotland Signalling CentreBook Now
Start Date:14/05/2019 18:00:00
End Date:14/05/2019 19:30:00
Event Code:SR0450

When: 14 May 2019, 17:30 for 18:00 - 19:30
Where: West of Scotland Signalling Centre, 90 Cowlairs Road, Glasgow G21 1DA (nearest station Springburn)
Meeting Point: Main Entrance

Speaker: Mark Ilderton, ScotRail Alliance

The Integrated Control of the ScotRail Alliance is responsible for the real-time running of the rail network throughout Scotland. Disruption whether caused by the railway or by external events is managed from here so as to minimise the impact on passenger and freight customers. Its head Mark Ilderton was recognised as Young Professional of the Year at the 2018 Rail Business Awards. 

Refreshments and a light buffet will be provided.

Book online now or contact Membership Services, Tel: 01536 740104 or email: quoting the event code: SR0450

Supply Chain Digitalisation – Industry 4.0 beckonsBook Now
Start Date:16/05/2019 10:00:00
End Date:16/05/2019 16:00:00
Event Code:COR0371

Thursday 16th May 2018, 9:30 Registration 10:00 - 16:00
Where: The Manufacturing Technology Center MTC, Ansty Park, Coventry CV7 9JU

By the time this conference opens Brexit “should” have happened. Whether deal or no deal we have to deal with the consequences. The digitalisation of business processes is continuing at a rapid pace .Industry 4.0 is continuing its revolution, or evolution? With GDPR, globalisation, security, customs, mergers and acquisitions, 4PL contracts, outsourced suppliers, understandably the strain on communications and IT is immense. Add to this burden that this event is just over 6 weeks after Brexit, how does the future look? This event is aimed at supply chain-logistic managers, directors and interested parties who have great systems, but may be severely tested by the transition. Perhaps more phone calls and emails as cross border transactions become more complex. Register now if you wish to attend and hear first hand from various experts who have embraced and delivered differing solutions and practices in the digital world. See a previous review below:

"This was one of the best one day conferences I have filmed at in a long while. Speakers were excellent. Q&A was so healthy and focused that it caused the event to overrun. If you missed it then don't make the same mistake when they run the next one" Michael Patrick, The Media Studio

  • Phil Lavin. Development Consultant IT, Siemen Digital Logistics
  • Theo Quick. VP and Global Marketing Leader: Transportation and Hospitality, Atos
  • Mark Lincoln. Institute of Export & International Trade, Board Member
  • Richard Potter. CIO Microsoft UK
  • Paul Hingley. Data Services Business Manager Siemens PLC
  • Jesper Bennike. EVP Business Development, Project 44

Refreshments and a light buffet will be provided.

Please note the delegate list for this event will be vetted by the host, Siemens, whose prerogative it is to accept or decline, without reason, a delegate’s attendance.

Book online or contact Membership Services, Tel: 01536 740104 or email: quoting the event code: COR0371


“USA Railways Today - Could Trump be right?”Book Now
Start Date:21/05/2019 19:00:00
End Date:21/05/2019 20:30:00
Event Code:GTG0362
: 21 May 2019, 18:30 for 19:00 - 20:30
Where: Harlequin Theatre, Warwick Crescent, Redhill, Surrey, RH1 1NN 

Speaker: John Dolan, Principal Consultant, Ricardo Rail

John will discuss the context in which American Railroads operate, including the roles of the various Government bodies. He will describe some interesting infrastructure and operational management aspects, including the response to incidents. John will conclude by reviewing issues relating to Amtrak. He first became interested in American railways during research for a railway asset leasing case, in which he successfully sustained cross-examination in a US Federal court.

Refreshments and a light buffet will be provided.

Book online now or contact Membership Services, Tel: 01536 740104 or email: quoting the event code: GTG0362

October 2019
Study visit to Australia 2019Book Now
Start Date:13/10/2019 09:00:00
End Date:25/10/2019 17:00:00
Event Code:RSF0027

When: 13 - 25 October 2019 
Where: Sydney and MelbourneAustralia

Grow your status as a global rail guru with the CILT RSF Australia visit – apply now!

Apply for a place by 22nd February with just a £200 non-refundable deposit – only 50 places are available for this riveting railway visit!

From only £1730 to £2,270 (Travel to and from Australia not included) – don’t miss this special event!

The Railway Study Forum has put together a breath-taking programme of stimulating, scintillating and exhilarating events from across the transport spectrum of Australia, between the 13 and 25 October 2019.

The study visit enables key knowledge transfers about rail, road, maritime and logistics in Australia, in an action-packed way. Enjoy the visit alongside International railway experts from all disciplines – a chance in a lifetime – not to be missed! Come one, come all – young, old and everyone in between – only together can we learn and innovate for the next generation of railways.

The visit starts and finishes in Australia, allowing delegates to select their own tailor-made preference for travel and airport of entry.

Highlights of the visit include:  Two topical seminars, New construction for Sydney and Melbourne metros, Hunter Valley Coal Chain in Newcastle, 'Secret Train Tunnels', Barangaroo Delivery Authority, a walk over the Sydney Harbour Bridge with experts describing its history and maintenance, a tour of the Port of Melbourne, a trip on the Victorian Goldfields Railway, and a drive along the spectacular Great Ocean Road.  The trip would not be complete without visiting the largest tram network in the world at Yarra Depot in Melbourne with a special tram tour ending at the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).

Attendance for the full programme will qualify for approx 40 hours CPD.

To find out all you need to know about the visit please click here - *last updated 29/01/2019

To apply for your place on the visit please complete the application form, found here. Once complete please email to

Your application will be acknowledged via email. Final confirmation of your place will follow before the 28 February

This event is still open to applications 

Rail Operations GroupBook Now
Start Date:15/10/2019 09:00:00
End Date:15/10/2019 17:00:00
Event Code:SR0471

When: 15 October 17:30 (for 18:00) - 19:30
Where: Royal Scots Club 29-31 Abercromby Place Edinburgh EH3 6QE
Meeting Point: Reception

Speaker: Karl Watts, Chief Executive Officer, Rail Operations Group

Rail Operations Group is a train operating company who specialise in the testing, commissioning and delivery of newly-built passenger rolling stock. They also provide a range of other engineering based services to support existing, re-engineered and off-lease passenger train fleets. Now they aspire to introduce a national logistics operation which, using specially-converted high-speed fleet, would move smaller consignments swiftly around the country and, assisted by electric autonomous vehicles for uplift or final delivery, could achieve real modal shift towards a more efficient and environmentally friendly basis for distribution.

Refreshments and a light buffet will be provided.

Book by sending your completed booking form to or contact Membership Services on Tel: 01536 740104 quoting the event code: SR0471

Cost: Member: Free; Non-Member:£10


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