The April edition of IRSE NEWS is now available online

This month’s edition contains articles on:

  • Human factors - Learning from Aviation
  • The impact of the digital railway
  • A word with Markus Montigel

There is also industry news, news from the IRSE and reports from our local sections.

Remember you can see all previous editions of IRSE News on the recent issues and archive pages on the IRSE website.


IRSE / INCOSE Joint Workshop


Digital Signalling Upgrade Workshop: Beating the challenge

11th April 2019, London UK

Karl King and Mike Morua from Frazer-Nash Consultancy will deliver a structured workshop on identifying requirements for digital signalling upgrades on 11 April.

The workshop will enable participants to identify the fundamental needs and requirements of a digital signalling upgrade project.

Whether you’re a project manager or sponsor, designer, operator, or engineering manager, it will help you to capture and develop requirements for complex systems.

Places are limited so advance booking is essential


IRSE Annual General Meeting

26th April 2019, London, UK

All IRSE members are invited to attend the AGM held at the IET, Savoy Place, London UK from 5:30pm

There will be a brief review of the previous year’s annual report and accounts followed by the announcement of the names of Council members for 2019-2020. Elections to Hon Fellow and winners of awards are also announced.


ASPECT 2019 - Registration now open

22nd - 24th October 2019, Delft, The Netherlands

Join us for the IRSE's flagship technical convention in October where the theme will be 'Resilience.'

Featuring over fifty papers by technical experts from around the world, ASPECT provides an unrivalled opportunity for learning and the exchange of knowledge in the fields of train control, railway communications and related disciplines. 

For full information, visit the Aspect2019 microsite*

(*desktop browser recommended)


A Paper by Andy Scarisbrick

3rd April 2019, Swindon UK

The paper will last one hour, followed by a Q&A session


UKRRIN Lecture Series - Digitising the Railway

9th April 2019, University of Birmingham, Birmingham UK

Hear from Professor Clive Roberts who will give an overview of the Centre, its capabilities and future research activities. There will be an opportunity to engage with some of the BCRRE’s lead researchers on their current projects, and industry leaders on their vision of the digital future of UK rail. We will also take time to explore BCRRE’s world-class facilities


Cornwall Capacity Enabling Project

9th April, Plymouth UK

CCEP. This acronym refers to a recently commissioned project, Cornwall Capacity Enabling Project, which covers 19 miles between Truro and Hayle. The paper is the Cornwall Capacity Improvements to allow GWR to run a thirty-minute service through Cornwall. The speakers will be Paul Mundy (Network Rail), Dave Helliwell (Amey) and Andy Scarisbrick (Atkins).


9/4 Midland & North Western AGM and "A career in railway research & development"

9th April, Derby UK

The 49th Annual General Meeting of the Midland and North Western Section of the Institution of Railway Signal Engineers will take place at 17.15 at Signet Solutions, Kelvin House, RTC Business Park, London Road, DERBY, DE24 8UP


Visit to MIRA Advanced Emissions Test Centre in Nuneaton

9th April, Nuneaton UK

Ever wondered what goes on at MIRA? This IRSE London and South East technical visit will find out.

Pre-registration required


Normalised deviance in railway safety

17th April, London UK

The Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) independently investigates accidents to improve railway safety, and inform the industry and the public. This presentation will take us through some recent examples of RAIB investigations where groups of staff have collectively forgotten lessons previously hard learnt after accidents – it also has a piece on the Waterloo incident highlighting the common factors with Clapham.

Pre-registration required