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Future of Rail

Future of Rail activities

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Previous events

The next stage workshop
Friday 22 March 2019

Following the successful one day conference on 7 March 2019, we have a next steps workshop for TSSA members on Friday 22 March, 10am-2pm at TSSA, 17 Devonshire Square, London. EC2M 4SQ

FoR next steps workshop flyer


Future of Rail one day conference 
Thursday 7 March 2019

Future of Rail slide 520


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

TSSA presents a one-day event focusing on the technological and operational changes that are taking place in the rail industry as a result of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

This cutting-edge event on the future of the rail sector will provide a solid basis for further detailed joint discussions between the trade unions, employers & other sector partners as well as company specific negotiations on how staff requirements and workforce development plans will be affected over the next decade and beyond.

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. Participants will also look to hear from key stakeholders about their response to these changes for the sector and have a rare opportunity to influence the debate.


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