Head of Track Engineering, HS2
Niall acts as the Technical Authority for all track engineering matters on the £50 billion project, with the aim of achieving a safe, reliable railway which runs more trains, at higher speeds, than any other similar railway in the world. He is responsible for the technical strategy, requirements and standards, leading to efficient and sustainable designs for both construction and operation phases. He also led the evaluation of the most appropriate trackforms, which is one of the major technical decisions with various implications for both construction and operations. Niall has over 20 years’ experience in the rail industry and has an in-depth understanding of the implications that specification, design and construction have on track system operational performance. Niall is a member of various European and UK technical standards groups and sits on industry steering groups for research projects led the leading UK research institutions. He is a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers.