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Trains for Crossrail – Challenges, Solutions and Systems

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Crossrail is designed to deliver an extra 10% capacity to the London rail network by linking existing commuter routes through a brand new tunnel under central London. Procuring a train for the route that is smart, fit for purpose and integrates both with a completely new piece of automated infrastructure, and with sections of the legacy network, is an intriguing challenge. The train needs to work within the various practical constraints while still delivering the project vision of a world class transport facility.

Phil Hinde joined the former British Rail from school as an engineering management trainee and took his degree at Cambridge. He has worked in electrification and plant engineering, and railway operations, as well as looking after rolling stock matters. He was project manager for the introduction of the Electrostar fleet of trains on the South Eastern network and is now the technical lead in the team buying the trains for the Crossrail programme.

In his previous post as Engineering Strategy Manager for the Association of Train Operating Companies he represented UK on European standards and policy committees and led work on the energy efficiency of trains and the perennial problem of leaves on the line.

Time: Refreshments served from 18.30. Talk starts at 19.00. Ends around 20.30 following questions and discussion.

Venue: Lecture Room 6 (upstairs), Cambridge University Engineering Department, Trumpington Street, Cambridge CB2 1PZ (directions at There is limited parking available on site.

Free to attend. Registration not required. All welcome.

This talk is open to the public and is suitable for students and engineers. You are encouraged to bring with you colleagues, friends and members of your family who are interested in engineering and railways.

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This talk is organised by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire area.

This talk is part of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (Cambridgeshire Area) series.

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