On track: designing railways (age 16–18)

10.30am to 4.30pm, Thursday 28 July

The Royal Institution of Great Britain GB United Kingdom W1S 4BS 21 Albemarle Street London

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  • How do engineers design railways like London's?

    Credit: Matt Buck (Flickr)
  • Type

    Summer Schools 2016
  • Speakers

    • Jennifer Henderson


Standard £50

Ri Young Members £42.50

Event description

What does it take to design a new railway? In this session with Jennifer Henderson, students will explore the different factors which must be taken into consideration when designing a new railway. This includes the technical stuff, the maths and physics. But any successful civil engineering scheme also needs to include consideration of our environment, political pressures, understanding of cost and benefit and be completed in co-operation with local stakeholders.

About the speaker

Jennifer Henderson is a civil engineer with Transport for London working to upgrade the London Underground. Having completed her MEng degree in civil and structural engineering at Newcastle University Jennifer joined Transport for London’s graduate scheme, working on the Victoria Station upgrade. After spending some time in the planning department she joined the Future Stations Programme progressing the designs of the next tranche of stations to be upgraded on the network.

Please note

This workshop is strictly for 16–18 year-olds and will include a 45 minute unsupervised lunch break. Students should bring lunch and a drink, pens, pencils.

This workshop is based on an Ri Engineering Masterclass. Students who have attended a Masterclass series which included a session on a similar topic may have already seen some of the content in this workshop. Please contact us on summerschools@ri.ac.uk with any questions.

Refunds can only be issued for tickets cancelled at least two weeks (14 calendar days) in advance of the event date. Please note that this supersedes our normal event terms and conditions.

Financial assistance

The Potential Trust may be able to offer financial assistance to enable children to participate in Summer Schools if this would otherwise be difficult.

Please contact Anna Comino-James preferably on 01844 351666 or via email at thepotentialtrust@gmail.com for more information.


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