Birmingham Railway researchers invite insights into Africa's railway system

Professor Clive Roberts, Director of the Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education (BCRRE).

On Friday 23 November 2018 Professor Clive Roberts, Director of the Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education (BCRRE), will be delivering a workshop in Nairobi, Kenya with key stakeholders to gather in-depth knowledge of the current state of rail infrastructure, and future projects in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Open to all, the workshop will provide a unique opportunity to engage with experts and discuss innovative solutions to unleash the socio-economic potential of the region. The timing of the BCRRE workshop also coincides with the East Africa Rail conference and exhibition in Nairobi which will see a variety of African countries represented by their respective senior managers and engineers.

The workshop, which will be held at the InterContinental Nairobi hotel, is part of project with the Department for International Development (DFID) to assess the current state of railway infrastructure in low-income countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. The main objective of the project is to assess the current state of railway infrastructure and concessionary and regulatory models in the various countries of the study and to provide recommendations on future investments in the region.

Professor Clive Roberts, Director of Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education said, “We are delighted to be working with the Department for International Development on this vital project for the benefit of African communities. Transport infrastructure is an important driver to connect the economy and people and a reliable and efficient railway system in these areas could be game changing.

“We are keen to hear from rail experts in Sub-Saharan Africa as to their experiences of railway engineering and provision in the region and invite them to participate in the free workshop on Friday 23 November.”

The workshop will take place at the InterContinental Nairobi hotel at 10am on the 23 November 2018. It is free to attend and all are welcome. For more information about the workshop contact Marcelo Blumenfeld.

 

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The Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education (BCRRE):

The Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education (BCRRE) at the University of Birmingham is the largest university- based centre for railway research and education in Europe. With more than 145 researchers and staff it is developing world-leading new technologies and products for trains, railway systems and infrastructure alongside its renowned global higher education programmes.

These two focal points of world-class education and research in all aspects of rail technology will deliver more reliable and efficient railway systems across the UK and beyond.