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City's Constructors Lecture to argue case for high speed rail

Professor Andrew McNaughton, Chief Engineer and Technical Director of High Speed Two will outline plans for improved rail infrastructure.
by John Stevenson

Professor Andrew McNaughton, Chief Engineer and Technical Director of High Speed Two will outline plans for improved rail infrastructure on 15th May in the Oliver Thompson Lecture Theatre at 6.30 pm.

Professor Andrew McNaughton, Chief Engineer and Technical Director of High Speed Two Ltd, will present this year's Constructors Lecture in association with the Worshipful Company of Constructors and URS Corporation.

Prof-Andrew-McNaughtonIn his presentation, Professor McNaughton will outline the characteristics of high speed rail and discuss reasons for proceeding with high speed rail in Great Britain at the present time. He will also explain why plans for high speed rail have developed in keeping with a rapidly changing country. Professor McNaughton will also discuss the engineering and construction challenges of achieving the government's aims in a densely populated country.

An Honorary Professor of Rail Engineering at Nottingham University and a Visiting Professor of Engineering at both Imperial College London and Southampton University, Professor Andrew McNaughton has been engaged in railway construction, operation and management since 1973. He has been Chief Engineer and Technical Director of High Speed Two Ltd since 2009, developing the principles, network and specific route design for high speed rail in Britain.

Prior to that, from 2001, he was Chief Engineer of Network Rail, responsible for the specification and development of Britain's rail network, investment authorisation and overall system safety management.

Professor Andrew McNaughton is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Institution of Civil Engineers, the Royal Geographical Society and the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport.

Dean of the City Graduate School, Professor Ken Grattan, says the Constructors Lecture will be of interest to all who are keen to learn about the interdisciplinary challenges presented by a major undertaking of this type for the UK:

"This year's Constructors Lecture will be of immense value to those interested in the challenging technology involved in high speed rail as well as a wide cross-section of our graduate students. Many of the issues encompassed in building new infrastructure of this kind are interdisciplinary in nature and have multiple and interlinked technical, social and political ramifications. Our specific interest in this topic at City is underlined by our breadth of expertise in key areas of transportation, exemplified by the courses we run and the research we undertake."

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