HS2 Ltd Technical Director Prof Andrew McNaughton has been appointed Chair of the Paris-based International Railways Union (UIC) inter-city and high speed rail forum.
Prof McNaughton’s appointment is recognition of his expertise in the world of high speed rail and marks a first for the UIC in that Prof McNaughton is the first Briton to hold the post.
Welcoming his appointment Prof McNaughton said:
I’m delighted and honoured to be appointed Chair for the UIC inter-city and high speed rail forum, which is where the world’s high speed rail experts meet to exchange best practice and develop new advances.
The forum covers all aspects high speed rail from technical and environmental to economic and city development.
My election underlines that HS2 is seen as having used knowledge gained from around the world and is now playing its full part in advancing it, the better to unlock all the potential economic and travel benefits of investing in this mode.
HS2 Ltd’s role in designing the UK’s new high speed rail network has pushed forward the sector’s understanding in a number of areas including integration of high speed rail with urban development and regeneration; environmental assessment and mitigation measures; and in the area of technical advancement delivering high reliability on what will be an intensively used high speed railway.
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