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The lecture will offer insight into the principle cost drivers which must be controlled and contained when electrification of a railway is undertaken.
The Great Western Electrification project is planned to complete in 2019. Already seriously delayed in completion and greatly over budget the project has been significantly de-scoped, with whole sections of the electrification now cancelled. This has shaken confidence in the technology and driven government to withdraw support for railway electrification.
The lecture will provide a personal view on the range of problems which have harmed the performance of the GW project.
The announcement of cancellation of large parts of the authorised programme of electrification has set the industry on a path of continued dependence on diesel power, with the only prospect of escape from that dependency based on extremely optimistic expectations for development of alternative fuel technologies.
The lecture will present a strong case for electrification of the GW to be completed, together with a wider and extensive programme of electrification of other lines, setting out how that can be achieved at costs which deliver a positive business case.
Peter Dearman is a career Railway Engineer. Trained by British Rail he has held senior management roles in British Rail, Railtrack, Jarvis, Atkins, Systra and Network Rail. As Head of Network Electrification for Network Rail he was instrumental in originating the programme of electrification schemes presently in progress.
Having held a varied range of responsibilities across engineering and operations his core discipline is electrification, and for the last 3 years he has been supporting the Great Western Electrification Project.