Topical views on the rail industry

2 June 2021

This thought leadership paper sets out IPEX’s ideas for how the creation of Great British Railways could enable a new model for the development of new trains, providing economy of scale whilst maintaining free-market competition. In a previous thought leadership piece, published in June 2014, IPEX examined fundamental tenets for rationalising train design towards fu… Read more

6 April 2021

IPEX Consulting is pleased to have signed the Rail Industry Equality, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI) Charter. The EDI Charter reflects the commitment of the UK railway sector to champion equality, diversity and inclusion in the rail industry and to work together to build a more balanced and fair and high performing sector. The EDI Charter […]… Read more

30 November 2020

IPEX Consulting is delighted to announce that Munira Somani has joined its growing team as a Managing Consultant. Munira is a railway engineering professional with 15 years of industry experience developing a fully rounded understanding of rolling stock and railway facilities management. She has recently been involved with train introduction workstreams ensuring smoot… Read more

20 November 2020

IPEX is delighted that our thought leadership article, ‘Decarbonising the Railway’, developed with Arcadis, has been published in the latest Rail Technology Magazine, page 76. See our original post and download a copy of the article here.… Read more

16 November 2020

IPEX Consulting is delighted to announce that James Casareto has joined its growing team as a Principal Consultant. James is an experienced Project and Contract Manager, as well as Engineering Manager, for both Rolling stock and Depot Facilities. He has over 10 years’ experience in the rail industry, gained within the train operating company environment […]… Read more

6 November 2020

IPEX continues to strengthen its team and this summer we welcomed Graeme Pelling as Principal Consultant and Joe Brown as Managing Consultant. Graeme is a Chartered Engineer with extensive experience and knowledge of the rail industry, and traction and rolling stock in particular gained during his career working for a train operator, rolling stock leasing […]… Read more

19 May 2020

For the fourth of IPEX’s Industry Insights on decarbonising the railway, we have teamed up with Arcadis to provide a system-wide view of the opportunities to maximise the benefits of Discontinuous Electrification. Background The decarbonisation of the nation’s infrastructure and industry is at the forefront of political and social discourse. The reality of … Read more

30 September 2019

In the third in our series examining the opportunities for discontinuous electrification, this paper discusses modification of existing rolling stock to provide a discontinuous electrification solution, without requiring modification to the infrastructure. As discussed within the earlier papers, moving the cost of changing the traction energy type from the infrastruct… Read more

11 February 2019

On 12 February 2018, the Rt. Honourable Jo Johnson, then Minister of State at the Department for Transport, announced a new ambition to “take all diesel-only trains off the track by 2040”. This statement, coming after the Government’s recent cancellation of several electrification schemes, has encouraged the industry to examine other on-train sources of energy. … Read more

10 January 2019

The recent cull in electrification projects in the UK has seen a rise in the exploration of alternatives, particularly alternative fuels. Although this is an attractive option, types of discontinuous electrification may be a better, and longer term, solution. IPEX has recently run several projects working to develop strategies for long term alternatives. In the [&hell… Read more

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