Richard Anderson | Managing Director
Railway Technology Strategy Centre | United Kingdom

Richard Anderson, Managing Director, Railway Technology Strategy Centre

Richard Anderson is the Managing Director of the Railway and Transport Strategy Centre (RTSC), an applied research and consultancy division within the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Imperial College London. He directs a growing, multi-disciplinary team, currently of 30 researchers and consultants, specialising in mass transport in cities, international benchmarking and public transport operations, economics, management and engineering.  Richard leads the Centre’s initiatives in applied research and international benchmarking, currently serving over 100 metros, railways, urban bus, light rail, airports and transport authorities globally, sustaining an annual income of approximately £3 million per annum.  The research led by Richard has been acclaimed by the public transport industry and was included by Imperial as an 'Impact Case Study' for the 2014 Research Excellence Framework and was rated as having "Outstanding impacts in terms of reach and significance."    In 2015, the Imperial College London President's Award for Excellence in Innovation and Entrepreneurship was awarded to Richard Anderson and the RTSC.   Richard has contributed to the Centre’s publications in high impact journals, authors many reports to industry, and is responsible for all output delivered to the Centre’s funders and clients.  Since assuming the roles of Managing Associate in 2004, and then Managing Director in 2009, Richard has led a five-fold expansion of the RTSC’s scope and activities to include the growing metros of Asia and to establish benchmarking consortia for urban bus, suburban rail, light rail and airport operations.   Under his direction, the RTSC has secured recognition as the pre-eminent centre for international transport benchmarking and, more generally, eminence in research and strategic advice for urban mass transport.   Richard has a unique, global knowledge of urban public transport operations and is a specialist in international benchmarking and mass transit.  He provides strategic and technical advice to the leaders of major urban railways throughout the world.  He combines an understanding of the commercial imperatives facing urban transport systems with academically rigorous research and analysis.  He is regularly invited to speak at international conferences, including those recently hosted by the OECD International Transport Forum and the World Bank. Prior to joining the RTSC, Richard was employed by consultants Halcrow Fox until 2000, working on the planning of major rail projects and including a two-year secondment to London Transport Planning.   He graduated in 1994 with a First Class Honours degree in Civil Engineering and European Studies and obtained an MSc in Transport from Imperial College in 1995.   


Day One @ 09:00

Chair's Opening Remarks

Day One @ 09:55

Rail Leaders' Panel

    wing the interviews, our rail leaders will gather on a panel to explore the big issues affecting rail operators all around the world. Issues for discussion include:     
  •     How can rail authorities and operators work more closely with each other to enhance service reliability and passenger satisfaction?    
  •     What is a sustainable and profitable model to manage rail development and daily operations?    
  •     With the expansion of rail networks in the next decade, what can be done to build up our rail engineering capabilities and workforce?    
  •     How can we deliver more capacity through the effective use of staff, assets and systems?    
  •     The urban mobility landscape is evolving with on-mobility demand services and new technologies, how can rail operators respond to this changing landscape? 

Day One @ 16:40

Driving financially sustainable growth in metro networks

  •     What drives financial success and minimizes the need for long-term government funding?
  •     What are the factors that affect metro costs within and outside operator control?
  •     What has been the impact of network development on metro finances? 
  •     How can optimising capacity deliver the most cost-effective outcomes for a metro?
  •     How can today’s successful Asian metros and their governments avoid the mistakes of older metros?  

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