The World Economic Forum’s Global Risk Report has stated for the fourth year running that extreme weather is considered the top global risk by likelihood over the next ten years.
In recent years we have all witnessed more extreme weather events in the United Kingdom and the impact that these have had on our countries transportation system .
Where possible, we use the latest technology (such as visual and thermal imaging from our helicopter and drones) to monitor when and where weather is likely to cause these kinds of problems so we can either prevent them or respond quickly to restore normal, safe service.
We also have specialist machines which help our engineers keep the railway running whatever the weather. We work year-round to prepare for changing seasons and to make sure that we learn from previous incidents to reduce the impact in the future.
In the rail sector much of our infrastructure was designed in the Victorian Age so now we must now look at how to modernise in a way that provides us with greater resilience and an ability to maintain safe operation ,reliability and capacity even in extreme weather events.
As a Region we are looking at how we can modernise our Infrastructure efficiently and effectively through the use of new technology, innovative design and working practices. We also understand the importance of the supply chain in achieving this task of modernising the infrastructure.
Should your company be in a position to share your ideas, seek to discuss a proof of concept or wish to showcase your ideas on how we can make our infrastructure more resilient we would like to connect with you and to ensure that we can co-ordinate you to the right department in our Region , please could you send your emails to NWCsupplychainenquiries@networkrail.co.uk and in the Subject Box please could start the email with “Future Proofing our Railway”