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Railway Overhead Electrification – Can the negatives outweigh the positives?

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31 March 2022
18:30 - 20:00 BST (GMT+1)

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Typical benefits claimed include the simplification (and thus reduction of cost) of rail vehicles, the local elimination of pollution, especially if the alternative is a diesel powered vehicle, and a cleaner image. However, there are wider cost and external effects. These are not always fully thought through as an electrification scheme moves from the feasibility stage, through design and construction, to taking into use, and to the operations and maintenance phase.


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John Dolan

John Dolan

Ricardo Rail

Principal Consultant

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John Dolan

John is a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport. During his many years in the railway industry, he has been a track and civils maintenance manager for British Rail, a Principal Inspecting Officer at HM Railway Inspectorate and Implementation Strategist for West Coast Route Modernisation.

As a consultant, he has had, and continues to gain, extensive experience in statutory safety and technical assessment roles for projects including Edinburgh Tram, Great Western Electrification and associated capacity improvement projects and Crossrail, in incident investigation and other Expert Witness work internationally, and in problem-solving consultancy.

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