Preparing the next generation of skilled rail professionals
Posted: 31 July 2019 | Clair Mowbray (National College for High Speed Rail) | No comments yet
Clair Mowbray, Chief Executive of the UK’s National College for High Speed Rail, explains that as high-speed rail is vital to the UK’s development, it’s essential that the industry is nurturing the right skills for its delivery.
Slow journey times and ageing infrastructure have made the case for high-speed rail in the UK more and more compelling over recent years. However, there is much more at stake than a simple reduction in journey times.
The UK is known for having one of the most overcentralised economies in the world, held back further still because of its historically poor connections between and within some of its great towns and cities. High-speed rail will be fundamental in driving the shift change that is needed to address this issue.
HS2, which is now in its first phase of delivery, will improve north-south links to free up capacity for more regional (intracity) services throughout the North and Midlands. It will also be essential in unlocking the opportunity for better East-West connectivity in the North of England, via the proposed Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR) project.