Entitled “UK and European Rail Freight – Insights and lessons for India,” the lecture created a platform to discuss and debate the opportunities and challenges faced by the rail sector in Europe and the UK, thereby sharing valuable lessons for the Indian rail sector. In his talk, Lord Berkeley spoke about the UK railway and freight structure, giving insights on the reforms in the European rail sector as well as the changing role of the European Railway Agency. He also touched upon Europe’s single biggest challenge to develop a single rail network, with fully interoperable operations and strong competition above tracks, so that costs are reduced and more growth achieved.
Speaking on the occasion, Lord Berkeley said “I am here at the invitation of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) to share some of the railway knowledge that it is trying to spread around, as part of its focus on the transport sector. We can share our experiences from UK and Europe and learn about the Indian railways as well, because we all are in the same business together. I hope this will be beneficial to everyone. There are many differences between European and Indian railways but many similarities as well. We made some mistakes and perhaps had some successes and an exchange of learnings and knowledge will help everyone.”
Hosting the Lord Austin Lecture is an endeavour that springs from the IET’s mission to share expertise, knowledge and essential engineering intelligence with members of the industry and wider stakeholders. The event provided a unique platform for delegates and senior executives of the Indian Railways to share experience and exchange ideas with Lord Tony Berkeley and other visiting delegates from the UK.
The Lord Austin Lecture is held annually in honour of Lord Austin. Lord Austin was President of the Institution of Production Engineers from 1931 to 1933, when he was awarded an Honorary Fellowship.
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