Topical views on the rail industry

19 July 2018

IPEX Consulting is delighted to announce that Kerry Childs has joined its growing team as a Principal Consultant. Kerry is a highly professional engineer who has gained extensive UK rail experience over her 15 year career in the industry; she has held positions within a rolling stock manufacturer, rolling stock leasing company (ROSCO) and train […]… Read more



18 July 2018

IPEX Consulting is delighted to announce that Umar Saleem has joined its growing team as a Principal Consultant. Umar is an experienced Project Manager and Chartered Engineer, with over 10 years experience in the rail industry, holding both the APMP and PRINCE2 qualifications. He has recently worked for Hitachi as part of the Requirements Management […]… Read more



17 July 2018

IPEX Consulting is delighted to announce that Clare Kissane has joined its growing team as Operations Manager. Clare is an experienced operations professional with over 25 years’ experience in driving performance and value of back-office functions for organisations. Clare has a background in finance and company secretarial work, and has a track record of building [&… Read more



16 July 2018

Innovation is a hot topic at the moment, particularly in the rail industry, but where does innovation come from? Some say it comes from inside you and is associated with the balance between the left and right side of your brain. Wherever innovation does actually comes from, it almost always starts out by questioning conventional […]… Read more



3 July 2018

  IPEX Consulting is delighted to announce that Rob Clayton has joined its growing team as a Principal Consultant. Rob is a highly qualified and experienced Chartered Mechanical Engineer with 15 years railway industry experience in the UK and Japan, developing a career specialising in rolling stock fleet management, manufacture and railway systems. He specialise… Read more



12 June 2018

Are you a proponent of the Dyson Airblade hand dryer? It seems to be widely appreciated and purchased accordingly – popping up in more and more toilet and washroom facilities.  Figure 1. Dyson Airblade 1-3 Or is it an overrated fad? In some railway stations Dyson Airblades are being taken out again and replaced by […]… Read more



21 May 2018

Renationalisation? Really? The announcement by the Rt. Hon. Chris Grayling MP on 16 May 2018 that Virgin Trains East Coast would be taken back into public operation, and be run by his Operator of Last Resort (OoLR) until the letting of a new East Coast Partnership in 2022, sparked debate around the sector, including some […]… Read more



27 March 2018

IPEX Consulting is delighted to announce that Gavin Beattie has joined its growing team as a Principal Consultant. Having started his railway journey on the Interfleet Technology graduate scheme, Gavin has continued to develop his career with experience in the operational railway working for several TOCs including Wessex Trains and National Express East Anglia. For [&… Read more



2 March 2018

Introduction In common with any complex system our railways must balance multiple tensions between competing requirements and as the social, economic and political environment alters different tensions will come to the fore.  One such tension exists between the requirement for more on-train passenger-carrying capacity – seated and total – and the expectations of … Read more



22 February 2018

Introduction Following on from IPEX’s industry insight introducing the concept of height adjustable seats to ensure comfort, a journalist contacted IPEX for an article being written for the Sunday Times. The article duly appeared “Passengers left in pain by trains’ ‘concrete’ seats” (subscription required). However, the article did not fully develop the r… Read more



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