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IRSE undertakes reviewing of Signalling Principles

​The Institution of Railway Signal Engineers has been commissioned by Network Rail in Great Britain to undertake a review of a number of signalling principles. Some of these relate to changes that are relevant to the introduction of ETCS; others are proposed for conventional signalling in order to improve reliability and/or reduce the complexity of the design. 
The need to reduce complexity was prompted, in part, by concerns expressed in the IRSE’s review of the safety of signalling, produced in 2015 as a collaborative work with Network Rail and a number of UK-based signalling suppliers.  The IRSE is pleased to be working with Network Rail on this present review of signalling principles, providing an independent review of the proposals by a number of experts. The work is under way and we expected to complete it by the end of May 2017.
The initial work is aimed at allowing existing processes to be more focused from a safety perspective. However the GB Digital Railway programme is considering building upon this current work to facilitate higher levels of safety and whole-life efficiencies through the application of automated design and assurance processes.


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AGM and Railway Operations
Speaker Nigel Murphy
Start date & time: Tuesday, April 04, 2017 5:15 PM
Location: Birmingham

Reliability, Availability, Maintainability and Safety (RAMS)
Presentation on RAMS engineering by Richard Wilby (Systra) 
Start date & time: Wednesday, April 05, 2017 6:00 PM
Location: To be advised

York Section Annual General Meeting
York Section Annual General Meeting
Start date & time: Thursday, April 13, 2017 5:30 PM
Location: York, UK

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IRSE Scottish Section Annual General Meeting
IRSE Scottish Section AGM
Start date & time: Thursday, April 20, 2017 5:30 PM
Location: Glasgow

AGM and Presidential Address
IRSE Annual General Meeting and Presidential Address by the incoming President for 2017-18
Start date & time: Friday, April 21, 2017 6:00 PM
Location: London

Annual Dinner
The Annual IRSE Dinner will take place at The Savoy, London. Our Guest of Honour is David Waboso, Managing Director of the Digital Railway Programme. 
Start date & time: Friday, April 21, 2017 7:00 PM
Location: London

Stephenson Conference
International Rail Research Conference
Start date & time: Tuesday, April 25, 2017 9:00 AM
Location: London

Rail Regulation (joint paper with Railways Group of Engineers Ireland)
The Regulatory Environment will be explored by Gerald Beesley, Commissioner for Rail Regulation in Ireland.

Gerald gained extensive experience as a railway engineer, both in Ireland and overseas, before taking up the position of Railway Safety Commissioner (latterly the CRR).  He will enlighten the signal engineering community on the implications of current and anticipated legislation in the rapidly changing area of European Railway regulation.
Start date & time: Tuesday, April 25, 2017 5:30 PM
Location: Dublin