Crossrail EMSTA prestige seminar, Hatfield

9 November, 2016 | 18:00 - 21:30

Multi-purpose gantry in use to install track in Crossrail Thames Tunnel (copyright Crossrail)
Multi-purpose gantry in use to install track in Crossrail Thames Tunnel (copyright Crossrail)

About this event

Crossrail is the largest infrastructure project in Europe, to be named the Elizabeth Line. Its trains will be over 200 metres long and run from Reading, Maidenhead and Heathrow in the west to Canary Wharf, Woolwich, Abbey Wood and Shenfield in the east. They will run in 21 km of new twin bore tunnels under the centre of London. When Crossrail opens it will increase London’s rail transport capacity by 10%. Topics will include: construction of tunnels and stations, station fit-out and systems, power supply, communications, signalling systems and rolling stock.

There will be two main presentations.

Firstly, there will be an overview of the Crossrail project by Chris Binns

  • Summary of infrastructure (civil and railway) works and key achievements
  • Station fit-out and systems (including power supplies, platform edge doors, lifts, escalators, ventilation and fire fighting)
  • Signalling and communications systems
  • Interconnections with other transport systems
  • What it will deliver for the travelling public
  • Maintenance of track and infrastructure

Secondly, there will be a presentation on the Rolling Stock by Joe Bednall

  • Bombardier’s Scope & Background
  • Challenges: technical / organisational / process
  • Innovation specific to Crossrail
  • Organisation for success
  • Current Status & Projection Forward

Registration is essential by on-line booking at

There is a helpline at 0845 474 3341
Registration and buffet are from 6pm. Presentations will commence at 6.45pm and conclude at 9.30pm.

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EMSTA was formerly known as EEESTA. EMSTA, Engineering, Maths, Science, and Technology Association, is a not-for-profit Community Interest Company promoting an understanding amongst the public, and especially young people, about how Engineering, Maths, Science, and Technology are involved in important, topical issues. EMSTA organises prestige seminars, and works to enthuse young people across the UK and internationally, so that they follow exciting, rewarding and fun, engineering and technology careers: the name was changed to indicate the company’s extended remit and reach.

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The welcoming address will be given by Professor John Senior, who is Pro-Vice Chancellor (Research) at the University of Hertfordshire. He joined the University of Hertfordshire as Dean of Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences in 1998. He has over 25 years of research experience in optical communications and networking, including pioneering activities concerned with optical fibre local area networks and passive optical networks.

The meeting will be chaired by Gordon Masterton who is a Past President of ICE. As a Vice President of Jacobs Babtie, he was the Government’s Project representative on Crossrail from 2009 to 2014, providing oversight and assurance to bith the Secretary of State for Transport and the Mayor of London. He is now Professor of Future Infrastructure at the University of Edinburgh.

Chris Binns is Chief Engineer for Crossrail. He provides technical leadership through a team of engineering heads of discipline to deliver the new east-west rail link across London. Previously he was Head of Engineering on the Thameslink Programme, delivering longer trains and greater capacity on north-south routes through London.

Joe Bednall is Head of Commercial, Crossrail Rolling Stick, for Bombardier. As a chartered mechanical engineer, Joe has worked in the rail industry for over 20 years in a variety of senior new build and maintenance roles for both customer and supplier. Most recently, he has moved into new build Project Delivery of Crossrail for Bombardier having led the bid. This gives a unique insight into how it is possible to promise ground breaking products and technologies – and then deliver.

The vote of thanks will be given by Peter Hansford who has over 40 years’ experience in major infrastructure projects. He was engineering manager for the DLR City extension and project manager for the Beckton extension. He is a past President of ICE and was Chief Construction Adviser to the UK Government from 2012 to 2015. He us now Professor of Construction and Infrastructure at University College London.