Trackside Connectivity on Britain’s Railways – Challenges and Next Steps

Date: Tuesday 6 February 2018
Time: 10:00 - 12:40
Venue: techUK, 10 St Bride Street, London, EC4A 4AD

Digital (mobile and internet) connectivity on Britain’s railways is not fit for purpose and the performance is unacceptable given the wider push for ever increasing broadband speeds by consumers and businesses alike. The Rail Safety and Standards Board (RSSB) commissioned a research project on behalf of the Future Communication and Positioning Advisory Group (FC&PS AG) to identify potential technical and commercial options for delivering improved internet connectivity for customers on the GB rail corridors within the next 5 years. This event will officially launch the report produced by LS telcom UK as part of this project and discuss the challenges and next steps with key stakeholders from both rail and digital industries and government. Members of the Future Connected Rail Stakeholders Working Group at techUK from both rail and digital industries supported the delivery of this report.

The publication of the report coincides with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport, and the Department for Transport’s launch of a call for evidence on ‘Commercial options for delivering mobile connectivity on trains’. The findings from the report could help to provide some information to this call for evidence.

This event will bring the rail and digital industries and government together to align ambitions for improving internet connectivity on Britain’s railways and prove to government that there is an appetite to deliver improved internet connectivity on trains, and that there are the right people in the rail and digital industries, with the right means and motivations, to make it happen. This will take momentum and will succeed back into all of those organisations involved.

This event is open for all the key stakeholders. If you would like to take part in this event, please register using the Book Now button. 


09:30 -10:00 - Registration and Coffee

Compere: Raj Sivalingam

10:00 – 10:10 - Welcome - Julian McGougan, techUK

10:10 – 10:45 - Government Position on Digital Connectivity on Trains – What Next for Rail Telecoms Policy

  • Dr. Nick Munn, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
  • Andy Cook, Department for Transport
  • Q&A

10:45 – 11:15 - Launch of Connected Train and Customer Communications: Rail and Digital Industry Roadmap (T1138)

  • Tim Lane, Future Communication and Positioning System Advisory Group for the GB Rail Industry
  • Saul Friedner, LS Telcom
  • Q&A

11:15 - 11:30 - Networking Coffee Break

11:30 – 11:45 - Train and Freight Operators’ Benefits, Challenges and Next Steps

  • Nick Wilson, Rail Delivery Group
  • Richard Evans, Rail Delivery Group

11:45 – 12:00 - Trackside Infrastructure - Experiences of Developing a Neutral Host Facility (South Hampstead) on the Railway

  • Kevin Ford, Network Rail

12:00 – 12:50 - Trackside Solutions and Options

  • Andrew Conway, BAI Communications
  • Alastair Davidson, Wireless Infrastructure Group
  • Nigel Wallbridge, Telerail
  • Q&A

12:50 – 13:00 - Summary and Close Up

13:00 - Networking Lunch

  • Julian McGougan

    Julian McGougan

    Executive Director | Telecoms, Spectrum & Satellite
    T 020 7331 2012

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