BCS North Staffs Branch AGM and meeting at Foxfield Light Railway

Tuesday 25 September 2012



The Foxfield Light Railway, Caverswall Road Station, Caverswall Road, Blythe Bridge, Stoke-on-Trent, ST11 9BG


Iain King is a Chartered member of the BCS.  He has spent the 25 years in IT the rail industry and currently works for Network Rail. Iain’s career has given him a very wide understanding of the stakeholders, business drivers and business processes in the rail industry in the UK and overseas and of the IT systems which support them.  This experience covers train planning, train operations, rail infrastructure maintenance, finance, procurement and enterprise materials planning, personnel and payroll.  Iain has worked in roles that involve helping customers and suppliers to become more productive by understanding each other better.  Iain has spent the last three years as lead business analyst on the Traffic Management project. 

Précis: Rail traffic management in the 21st century

Network Rail has announced plans to concentrate the management of the rail service in 14 regional rail operating centres. These will replace the current signal boxes, many of which date back to Victorian times.  The objective is to improve customer service whilst reducing the current costs of operations. The Traffic Management project is the technology workstream within an overall Operating Strategy programme. This programme covers the new buildings, new job roles, new business rules, the procurement of the technology and the business change project required to pull all these elements together and deliver the promised improvements. Every delayed train is full of passengers convinced that they can run the railway better than the people who are currently doing it. Come and hear how Network Rail is using information technology to improve the way it runs the railway, now and in the future.


Welcome and Introductions

Apologies for Absence

Minutes of the September 2011 AGM

Matters Arising from the Minutes

Chairman’s Report

Financial Report

Election of Officers

Any Other Business

Buffet provided and cash bar available