14 SEP 2017

Looking to a sustainable future

James Howles, director for rail at the multidisciplinary design and engineering company BakerHicks, joined industry leading professionals at the 2017 Rail Sustainability Summit to explore how we can secure the future of the UK’s railway network.

As a member of ‘The Way Forward’ panel, James discussed the impact of the recent Government announcement to de-scope the National Electrification Programme, addressing issues with rolling stock, sustainable solutions and a freight friendly railway as part of a long-term solution. He also looked at the Northern Powerhouse’s ability to generate a sustainable and integrated economic zone independent of London and the South East, arguing that this will play a key role in securing the future of the industry.

James, who has 15 years’ experience within the contracting and consultancy supply chains including roles at SNC-Lavalin, Aecom and Amec, was joined on the panel by Laura Russell, Sustainability Manager at HS2 and Nick Giesler, Consents and Environment Manager at Crossrail 2. The panel explored sustainability plans for the industry over the next ten years, as well as looking at projects such as HS2, Crossrail and the Northern Powerhouse.

The Summit, which was hosted by Addleshaw Goddard in London on 14 September, was opened by Mary Creagh MP, the Chair of the Environmental Audit Committee, and attracted notable speakers, including Peter Batten, the Head of Stations and Community Rail Policy at Department for Transport. With four panel discussions, ‘The Goals’, ‘What’s Needed Now’, ‘The Way Forward’ and ‘Learning From Other Industries’, addressing key industry topics and a Q&A with the panel members it provided delegates with the opportunity to learn about the sustainability of the rail industry.

Find out more about the event and download slides from the day here: http://www.railsummits.com/schedule