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The development of the railways and the exploitation of minerals in the UK went hand in hand, the consequence is that much of the railway network is within influencing distance of current mineral extraction both at the surface and below ground or of sites of historic mineral extraction.
The Network Rail Mining Team holds mining records relating to the railway and evaluates the risk of mineral extraction to the existing network and to proposed developments. It provides professional advice on mining across the organisation and acts on behalf of Network Rail in collaboration with mineral owners, mine owners and local authorities in the management of the risk.
The presentation will focus on the work of the team, the nature of the risk and its management.
Neal is a Chartered Surveyor with specialisms in Minerals and Waste Management, Geomatics, Construction and Planning and Development. His experience in production mining, in consultancy, in a local authority and latterly in Network Rail covers design, project management, asset management, construction and the evaluation and management of mining risk.
As Principal Mining Engineer at Network Rail he leads a team evaluating mining risk to existing and proposed rail infrastructure across the uk and engages with mineral owners to protect the interests of Network Rail.