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Metroland and the London Suburbs, London

  • Lecture
  • London
  • 30 April 2018
  • 18:30 - 20:00
Metroland and the London Suburbs, London

About this event

This lecture – part of our series celebrating 200 years of the Institution of Civil Engineers - will look at how transport has allowed the city to expand and has shaped the pattern of growth. It will also consider what lessons can be learned as city planners and engineers work together to accommodate our growing population.

The 'cut and cover' approach to rail tunnels used in the Metropolitan line set the scene for the city's deep level tube lines. The city's suburbs have continued to grow, thanks to the expansion of railways and roads, along with the provision of local infrastructure to supply water, energy, drainage and waste. And as Crossrail services are about to go live as the Elizabeth line, this lecture will look at the progress London has made.


Simon Bennett

Head of Learning Legacy, Crossrail

Simon is Head of Learning Legacy at Crossrail. A Civil Engineer, Transport Planner and Communications professional, he worked on the original 1990s Crossrail scheme for London Underground and in 2000 was seconded from TfL to Cross London Rail Links to work on developing the project and securing powers. He led the Consultation team which became the Petitions Negotiation team during the Bill process. During the construction phase he has been Head of Stakeholder Management and then Programme Community Relations Manager.

In 2015, Simon was appointed to lead the team responsible for the collation and dissemination of good practice, innovation and lessons learned from the Crossrail construction programme aimed at raising the bar in industry and showcasing UK PLC.

Further speakers will be announced in due course.

David Leboff

Principal Sponsor at TfL London Underground

Jean Venables

Past President, ICE

Jean is a non-executive director of HR Wallingford and Past President of the Institution of Civil Engineers.

Jean was Chairman of Thames Regional Flood Defence Committee and set up the TE2100 Project. Jean was awarded the MBE for services to civil engineering, the OBE for services to flood defence and the CBE for services to the civil engineering profession.

Janet Miller (Chair)

CEO, Museum of London Archaeology

Janet Miller joined MOLA (Museum of London Archaeology) in January 2017 as Chief Executive Officer. MOLA is one of the UK's leading organisations engaged in archaeological excavation and research in London and the UK.

She studied Archaeology and Anthropology at Cambridge University, working initially as Field Archaeologist, before moving on to join Gifford and Partners and later Atkins, where she rose to Director Cities and Development, leading the Atkins Future Proofing Cities programme. Janet is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and is a Member of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (MCIfA).

Event venue

Institution of Civil Engineers
One Great George Street
London SW1P 3AA
United Kingdom

For more information please contact:

Nalini Solanki

e: [email protected]