Rail (UK)

Stop & Ex­am­ine

- Railway Industry Association

RAIL 918 car­ried ex­ten­sive cov­er­age of the im­por­tant Rail­way In­dus­try As­so­ci­a­tion an­nual con­fer­ence, held vir­tu­ally be­cause of the COVID-19 pan­demic.

RAIL con­trib­u­tor and BBC Trans­port Cor­re­spon­dent Paul Clifton pre­sented the con­fer­ence, and of­fers an in­sight into how the many lo­gis­ti­cal chal­lenges were over­come to en­sure that every­thing was ‘al­right on the night’.

“It’s said the wheels of change grind slowly on the rail­way. Not al­ways. I was asked to present the Rail­way In­dus­try As­so­ci­a­tion an­nual con­fer­ence from Novem­ber 4- 6. These things take many months to or­gan­ise. But four days be­fore the event started, the Prime Min­is­ter an­nounced a sec­ond lock­down.

“Can­celling the con­fer­ence would have been the easy choice, per­haps even the ob­vi­ous one. But in­stead, the plans were turned up­side down. Sud­denly my home had to be­come a makeshift stu­dio - hur­riedly COVID-se­cure, so that a tech­ni­cal crew could move in.

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