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Future of Rail - One Day Conference

5 March 2019

TSSA is hosting a cutting-edge event (Thursday 7th March) focussing on the future of the rail industry. With a range of leading speakers, this crucial conference aims to light the way through the next decade and beyond for the rail industry and help shape and influence debate.

Discussions will centre on technological and operational changes taking place in rail as a result of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

The Conference will seek to provide a solid basis for further detailed joint discussions between the trade unions, employers and others - looking at the reskilling of staff and keeping human involvement at the forefront of industrial transition.

TSSA will present our research in these areas with our vision of the absolute necessity for prioritisation of re-training, upskilling and planned technology procurement.

Manuel Cortes, TSSA General Secretary, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to look at exactly what the future will look like for all those working in the rail industry. I’m delighted TSSA is stepping up to this challenge. Technological Transition in rail must be driven by humans with new skills.”

David Waboso, Head of Digital Rail Network Rail said: "The Digital Railway is starting to bring work to the market, and if this can be converted into a long-term, smoothed pipeline then suppliers will have the confidence to invest in the skills and techniques that will support more efficient delivery. This will help develop a legacy of high-skilled jobs."


David Waboso, Head of Digital Rail Network Rail
Rachael Maskell MP, Shadow Rail Minister
Martin Abrams, passenger representative, Association of British Commuters
TC Chew, Global Rail Leader, Arup (contributor to this study)

Kevin Rowan, Head of Organising, Services & Learning, TUC
Neil Robertson, Chief Executive, National Skills Academy for Rail
Faiza Shaheen, CLASS
Manuel Cortes, General Secretary, TSSA


10:00 Arrive/register/refreshments
11:00 Plenary 'Looking to the future of rail'
13:00 Lunch
14:00 Workshops a) Apprentices or b) Adapting to automation
15:00 Plenary 'How to prepare and adapt to the future of rail'
16:30 End/networking

You can also follow our Twitter account @FutureofRail

The Conference takes place at the Radisson Blu Edwardian Kenilworth hotel, 97 Great Russell St, London. WC1B 3LB.

For more information contact Kerry Abel on

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