Representatives of the Trade Delegation of Russia in the UK visited The Infrarail 2018 which took place on the 1-3rd of April at the London’s Excel conference center. The Infrarail is one of the premier shows in the UK for railroad industry held biennially. In 2018 over 200 companies from the European and North American countries presented their solutions to more than 5000 visitors during three days of the show. Those include Network Rail, HighSpeed 2, The Railway Industry Association, Rail Alliance, British Steel, Rail Supply Group and many others.
A series of high-profile speakers presented keynote addresses, including UK’s Transport Secretary Chris Grayling, Digital Railway Managing Director David Waboso, Rail Delivery Group Chief Executive Paul Plummer and HS2’s Director, Policy & Sponsorship, for Phase 2, Lorna Pimlottn.
Chris Grayling during his speech stressed the need for a “more joined-up railway”. He said the government wanted to get private and public sectors working more closely together to end the operational divide between track and train and to re-shape the railway around the customer. He also mentioned the need to speed up the replacement of diesel engines on trains for Bi-mode and in the distant future for hydrogen engines.
The British company Concrete Canvas Ltd presented their innovative construction technology of flexible, concrete impregnated fabric that hardens on hydration to form a thin, durable, water proof and fire resistant concrete layer. The company is intending to widen their presence on the Russian market after successful implementation of the technology on several projects in the Far Eastern part of the Russian Federation. Thus in 2016 the Russian partner company United Concrete Canvas Russia had been incorporated which has constructed a demo-park in the Moscow region for promotional purposes in July 2017.
Alongside the exhibition a programme of CPD-certified technical seminars and project updates had been organized to ‘educate and inspire’ those working in the industry. Many of these took place in the Knowledge Hub organised in association with RIA. The Rail Alliance promoted its members’ products and services in its own Hub, while the CITE Hub focused on related civil engineering and geotechnical issues.
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