Decarbonisation of rail: The journey from concept to reality

Decarbonisation of rail: The journey from concept to reality

Stephenson Harwood’s award-winning rail team is co-hosting a webinar with SNC Lavalin Atkins, a leading consultant in the rail sector, on the 'Decarbonisation of rail: The journey from concept to reality’. Join us at 10am on Thursday 19 November.

19 November 2020 at 10am

Stephenson Harwood’s award-winning rail team is co-hosting a webinar with SNC Lavalin Atkins, a leading consultant in the rail sector, on the 'Decarbonisation of rail: The journey from concept to reality’. As the railway moves forward in its plans to decarbonise the industry, this webinar will consider the role that new technology for rolling stock has to play in the journey. The panellists will look at the shift in traction energy, including hybrid, battery power development and hydrogen trains, and the challenges that this technology has to overcome in order to get off the drawing board and onto the operational railway – with the ultimate aim to make the technology commercially sustainable.

To register to attend the event, which will be held at 10am on Thursday 19 November, please click here.


Tim Danvers

Business development - Transportation UK & Europe

Tim Danvers leads business development for rail at Atkins, a member of the SNC-Lavalin group. A trained engineer, Tim has contributed to major projects including the Channel Tunnel, Class 92, and more recently HS2. Tim has built influential relationships across the industry, in Government and with clients and uses his platform as a spokesperson to promote skills, apprenticeships and equality, diversity and inclusion. Tim is currently leading on Atkins Rail Engineering NetZero initiatives as part of achieving Rail decarbonisation to meet the target of ‘net zero’ greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

Professor Clive Roberts, FIRSE FIET

Head of school of engineering, University of Birmingham
Director of the Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education (BCRRE)
Lead for the UK Railway Research and Innovation Network (UKRRIN)

Clive is Professor of Railway Systems and Head of the School of Engineering at the University of Birmingham. He is Director of the University’s Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education, which has over 160 researchers. He works extensively with the railway industry and academia in Britain and overseas.

Clive leads a broad portfolio of research aimed at improving the performance of railway systems, including leading the UK Railway Research and Innovation Network (UKRRIN) - a £92 million academia/industry collaboration, as well as initiatives to encourage SMEs to work in the rail sector. In 2017 his group was awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Further and Higher Education for supporting the UK and international railway industries. His main research interests lie in the areas of railway systems research including: railway simulation, future control strategies, traffic management and operations, condition monitoring, data integration and cybersecurity, power system design and energy efficiency, and overall system integration.

Bill Reeve

Director of rail - Transport Scotland

Bill Reeve joined Transport Scotland to establish its new rail team, following the devolution of rail powers to the Scottish Parliament in 2005. Bill has worked in a number of roles in Transport Scotland, and is now Director of Rail. Bill also leads their work introducing integrated smart ticketing across all public transport modes in Scotland.

Bill has more than thirty years of experience of the passenger and freight transport industry, working in British Rail, the privatised rail industry, and as Director of Project Sponsorship at the Strategic Rail Authority prior to joining Transport Scotland.
Bill is a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and recently served as Chairman of its Railway Division.

Mike Muldoon

Head of business development UK & Ireland - Alstom

In this strategic role Mike is responsible for leading and overseeing the innovation, business development and sales activities of Alstom in the UK and Ireland. Mike has worked in the rail industry since 1989 starting his career designing trains for the UK, Europe and Asia.

He moved into project roles running a number of rolling stock and signalling projects for Alstom in London before becoming Tenders Director for Alstom UK&I in 2010. Early in 2017 he took on his current role, with the specific additional remit to promote and apply Alstom’s hydrogen train technology in the UK market.

Iain Rae

Operational development director for the rail consulting practice - Atkins Rail.

Iain is a Chartered Electrical and Mechanical Engineer and MBA graduate with over 32 years’ experience in Rail, and engineering consultancy. As the Scotland Chair of the I.Mech.E Rail Division, he’s been fortunate to have been involved in a number of presentation on decarbonisation of the Rail. Iain is currently the Project Manager of the Hydrogen Demonstrator train in Scotland, with an aim of developing and enhancing the skills to delivery Decarbonisation on Scotland’s Railway by 2035.