Topical views on the rail industry

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

8 January 2018

IPEX Consulting is delighted to announce that Luke Foy has joined the company as a Managing Consultant. Having joined Transport for London’s (TfL) graduate scheme, Luke developed his career in railway vehicle engineering for London Underground successfully becoming a Chartered Engineer and Member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE). While at TfL, Lu… Read more

4 January 2018

Introduction Every year there are a number of derailments on our railways; most not getting any media coverage. This is no surprise as a train carrying stone that falls off is not very newsworthy particularly if it occurs, as many do, on a freight only line. However, if a freight train derails on the mainline […]… Read more

13 November 2017

Introduction Many new trains are being introduced with seats that are generally considered less comfortable than the seats on the trains they replace. Measure of seat comfort has always been a difficult aspect of train specification, and the most common solution to the problem has been not to write anything at all. This has resulted […]… Read more

29 September 2017

Introduction As a regular traveller by rail, as I slip off into some daydream, I often wonder what I would do if there was a serious incident on the train. In the circumstances what would I do? I am a railwayman. I used to hold personal track safety (PTS) certification although I no longer do. […]… Read more

11 August 2017

Introduction In this rapidly changing environment that we live in, the railways are sometimes seen as conservative. This is true and is a result of longevity. A multiple unit will be designed to last for 35 years. A lot can happen in 35 years. 35 years ago, it was 1982. Margaret Thatcher was in power; […]… Read more

10 December 2014

Remember the McNulty Report? No reason why you should, because everyone else seems to have forgotten about it. Actually, perhaps that’s not fair. DfT now has a Rail Executive, the Rail Delivery Group now exists, Future Railway and the Technical Strategy Leadership Group are now thought-leading divisions within RSSB, tasked with shaping the railway of tomorrow [&hel… Read more

23 June 2014

The availability and deliverability of a new DMU for the UK market is perhaps less of a technical consideration and more of a political and commercial consideration concerning future electrification strategy, residual economic life in the existing DMU fleets, future assumptions about growth and continuing encouragement of rail as well as the commitment of resources [&… Read more

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