Technical Visits






On Friday 10th June, delegates attending the Congress have the chance to attend a technical site visit of their choosing. This is an opportunity to explore state-of-the art research, development and innovation facilities, railway cultural highlights, major infrastructure project sites, and much more.

Confirmed visits can be found below and full details can be found in the programme - to make your selection please modify your booking if already registered. To secure your place, please book as soon as possible and note that booking closes 13th May.  


#   Visit Location Duration Capacity




University of Birmingham

The newly-opened UKRRIN building at the University of Birmingham is a state-of-the-art research, development and innovation facility which provides a welcome environment for industrial technologists to work alongside academics.

The facility is home to the UKRRIN Centre of Excellence in Digital Systems and accommodates the Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education, one of the world's largest and most comprehensive groups of its nature. This technical visit will provide a tour of the collaborative working spaces and demonstrate recent project outcomes, giving you an understanding of the collaborations possible for your own organisation.

Click here to visit the University of Birmingham website


UKRRIN Building,

University of Birmingham,



B15 2TT

Full Day 70 delegates

National Railway Museum

Based in York, The National Railway Museum tells the story of rail transport development and growth, diving into the past, present and future of the railways, and of the impact it has had on society. In the midst of a transformation, the Museum is currently on a journey to become a global engineering powerhouse and a reinvented, inspiring 21st century attraction.

For this specially curated visit, delegates will embark on a journey of rail and sustainability through the ages. With a behind the scenes tour of the archives, a presentation from the Assistant Director, examples of artifacts that have had a direct influence on the future sustainability plans for the GB rail network. There will also be the opportunity to speak with museum experts and for delegates to explore exhibits at their leisure.

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National Rail Museum,

Leeman Road,


YO26 4XJ

Full Day 45 delegates

High Speed Two Ltd – HS2 Curzon Street Station Construction Site

A visit to the HS2 high speed railway station construction site in the heart of Birmingham. Curzon Street station will be the first brand new intercity terminus station built in Britain since the since the 19th century.

With a presentation on HS2's low carbon approach to stations including Curzon Street and nearby Interchange Station just outside of Birmingham. A showcase on the historical importance of the site, and how it integrates into the local transport network. As well as an opportunity to see the work underway on site, including a visit to the original Curzon Street Station building, dating to 1838.

Click here to visit the HS2 website


HS2 Curzon Street Station Site


Choice of Morning or Afternoon 40 delegates

Network Rail: Innovation in Action - Rail Innovation Development Centre (RIDC), Melton Mowbray


Network Rail works round-the-clock to provide a safe, reliable experience for the millions using Europe’s fastest-growing railway each and every day. RIDC Melton is a purpose-built test track for the testing of rolling stock, plant, on-track machines, infrastructure, equipment and technology. The facility has been designed to support high and low speed testing and has 25kV overhead line equipment and 3rd/4th rail DC equipment.

During the visit you will get a chance to learn more about the important work being conducted and visit key parts of the facility where the testing is being carried out. This includes hearing from key members of delivery teams working on technology being demonstrated at the site, with topics such as how 5G is being tested and used on the railways and how new signalling equipment is being tested and deployed.
*Please note that all visitors are required to bring their own safety shoes.*

Click here to find out about RIDC Melton Mowbray


Rail Innovation Development Centre (RIDC)

Unit F, Melton Commercial Park

Welby Road

Melton Mowbray


LE14 3JL

Full Day 60 delegates

Network Rail: Innovation in Action - West Midlands Signalling Centre


The West Midlands Signalling Centre is critical to the smooth and safe running of the railway network. As the unified control and command centre for the region it bring together all key functions to monitor the operations and quickly react to any incident. 

During this visit you will be given a guided tour around the command centre, hear from the different functions and learn about how technology has transformed the monitoring and respond capabilities of the railway. You will also visit gold command where you will learn about the development of the centre and its impact on the smooth running of the network. 

*This visit may be subject to industrial action, which could potentially result in cancellation.*


West Midlands Signalling Centre
165 Duddeston Mill Road,
B7 4SZ
Choice of Morning or Afternoon 80 delegates

Ricardo - Decarbonising Rail


A visit to the Hydrogen Testing Site in Shoreham, which is part of the global centre of excellence for hydrogen, defossilised fuels and electric transport engineering, and designed to support Ricardo's existing work in hydrogen and other alternative fuels for use in engine and fuel cells.


The new facility delivers state-of-the-art test and development capability and significantly increases the range of future powertrain solutions which can be delivered to Ricardo’s global customers. A particular focus for the new facility will be a systems-led approach to vehicle development, integrating our enhanced test capability with our leading-edge digital and simulation tools to deliver fully optimised hardware and software system solutions for our customers. Whilst on site, visitors will have an opportunity to visit other R&D and production facilities, including manufacture of high-performance automotive engines and propulsion and vehicle emissions research centres.


Click here for more information about Ricardo’s hydrogen solutions
Click here to find out about Ricardo’s state-of-the-art Vehicle Emissions Research Centre


Shoreham Technical Centre,

Old Shoreham Rd,


BN43 5FG

All Day 80 delegates

Oleo International - Innovative Design & Manufacturing

Part of the T A Savery group with a rich history dating back to 1698, Oleo have been a leading design and manufacturer of energy absorbing technology for a variety of industries for over 60 years. Oleo boasts one of the largest drop test towers in the world with design, manufacture and testing all under one roof at its facility in Coventry. The technical visit will tell a story of the evolution of energy absorbing technologies, include a behind the scenes factory tour, live impact test demonstrations, and introduce delegates to how Oleo are leading the digital era of rail with its Digital Twinning software, DigitalTrains. 
DigitalTrains is a complete rail project software and cloud-based environment for Digital Twins of rail infrastructure, rolling stock & sub-assemblies allowing the user to simulate multiple ‘what-if scenarios’ for rail infrastructure projects.
Click here for more information about Oleo products and services


Grovelands Industrial Estate,

Longford Rd,




Choice of Morning or Afternoon 40 delegates

Alstom Litchurch Lane – Smart Solutions

Alstom is the UK’s leading supplier of new trains and train services, and a leading signalling and infrastructure provider. Building 40% of the UK mainline train fleet, including for the Elizabeth line, and supporting two thirds of the nation’s trains and trams, Alstom provides the widest range of smart solutions in rail, from high-speed rolling stock, metros and trams to maintenance, modernisation, infrastructure and signalling. 
Employing 6000 people in the UK, Alstom design and build trains at Derby, the UK’s largest train factory, operate major sites at Crewe, Ilford, Plymouth and Widnes, and keep Britain moving from 30 frontline depots. 
This visit will include a tour of the Aventra train assembly and Cairo monorail assembly facilities, and a train ride on the Aventra test track. 


*Please note that all visitors are required to bring their own safety shoes.*

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Litchurch Lane,


DE24 8AD

Morning 40 delegates

Black Country Innovative Manufacturing Organisation (BCIMO) – Innovation in Light Rail and Battery Powered Trams

Very Light Rail (VLR) is a new mode of rail-based public transport, designed to supplement existing heavy and light rail systems, supersede other (less efficient) modes of transport, and support the transition towards end-to-end (Hub-to-Home) journeys using public transport. The Very Light Rail National Innovation Centre (VLRNIC), operated by the Black Country Innovative Manufacturing Organisation (BCIMO), has been built to facilitate the development of a new VLR industry, including: the market for integrated VLR systems, both in the UK and overseas; the technologies required to deliver high value manufactured and fully integrated VLR system solutions; the supply chain required to deliver this; and the skills required by our current and future workforces for VLR manufacture and implementation. The aim is to develop a world-class, market-driving, centre of excellence for integrated VLR transport systems.

During your visit you will hear from Nick Mallinson, the visionary and founder of BCIMO and the VLRNIC and tour the VLRNIC facilities and test track.

*Please note that all visitors are required to bring their own safety shoes and Personal Protective Equipment, including a hard hat and high-visibility jacket or vest. The test track is not wheelchair accessible.*

Click here for more information about BCIMO 


Zoological Drive,
Choice of Morning or Afternoon 60 delegates

Warwick Manufacturing Group – Innovative Design and Manufacturing

WMG is an academic department within University of Warwick, a top-ten UK university, a member of the prestigious Russell Group, and ranked within the top 100 universities globally. It is a role model for successful collaboration between academia and the public and private sectors to develop the brightest ideas and talent that will shape the future. 

Delegates will tour WMG’s world-class cutting-edge labs, experiencing the latest research, facilities, and technologies, particularly those associated with energy-storage, net-zero and sustainability, optimising materials and manufacturing methodologies and management, intelligent vehicles and digital technologies. Delegates will also learn how WMG’s expertise and innovation is being applied to the track and vehicle design on the Coventry Very Light Rail (VLR) programme, and the work on the hybrid powered lightweight railcar project - Revolution VLR. 

Click here for more information about WMG 



International Manufacturing Centre,

University of Warwick,



Morning 60 delegates

McLaren Applied – Knowledge Transfer from F1 to Rail

For over 30 years McLaren has led the digital transformation of motorsport through electronics and data systems, and now also develop innovative technologies that drive positive, sustainable change in automotive, transport, the Internet of Things and beyond. McLaren’s focus is delivering efficient lightweight electric powertrain and vehicle development; motorsport solutions that make series more sustainable and efficient; reliable connectivity solutions for transportation and insightful analytics and monitoring of transport fleets.

The visit will include a tour of the McLaren headquarters, including the Technology and Production centres where its cars are built. 

Click here for more information about McLaren Applied

McLaren Technology Centre, 
Chertsey Road, 
GU21 4YH 
McLaren Applied,
Victoria Gate,
Chobham Rd,
GU21 6JD
Full day 30 delegates

DB Cargo - State-of-the-art logistics terminals

The £6 million Wolverhampton Steel Logistics Centre opened in 2018 and is used by some of the world’s largest steel companies including ArcelorMittal, Tata Steel and SSAB. The centre spans 11,800m2 with the capacity to store some 48,000 tonnes of steel, that’s the equivalent of 3,324 steel coils. Steel is transported to the centre from UK Ports where it is forwarded to be used to manufacture items such as household appliances and cars.
This site visit to DB Cargo UK’s Centre of Excellence for metal handling will provide an overview of activity and site operations, including how the rail freight sector supports the metal market in the UK.
*Please note that all visitors are required to bring their own safety shoes.*


Click here to find out more about DB Cargo's metals solutions

Wolverhampton Steel Terminal,

Knowles Road,


West Midlands,


Morning 20 delegates


Hitachi and NCATI – Maintaining the Future

Doncaster is one of the UK’s major railway centres and this site visit will encompass tours of both the Hitachi Train Maintenance Centre (TMC) and the National College For Advanced Transport & Infrastructure (NCATI).
There has been a railway depot located on the site of what is now Hitachi’s TMC since 1876. Hitachi recently invested £80m in Doncaster TMC, with construction starting in spring 2014 and Hitachi staff moving into the TMC during early 2017. The TMC is currently responsible for maintaining bi-mode and electric fleets of 65 trains for LNER and 19 trains for Transpennine Express. The 11,000m site, which can hold up to 24 five-car trains at any one time, encompasses a maintenance shed with five separate tracks, a wheel lathe building and a separate train washing unit.
The National College for Advanced Transport & Infrastructure (part of the University of Birmingham group) has been established to provide highly skilled technicians, project managers and apprentices to lead the UK’s rail, transport and infrastructure sectors. It is dedicated to producing a new generation of highly skilled professionals to lead the UK’s future rail, transport and infrastructure workforce. The tour will encompass the college’s project space, workshops and Computer Aided Design (CAD) facilities.
*Please note that all visitors are required to bring their own safety shoes.*


Click here for more information about Hitachi Rail

Click here for find out more about the National College For Advanced Transport & Infrastructure

Hitachi Rail Europe,

Train Maintenance Centre,

Ten Pound Walk,






National College For Advanced Transport & Infrastructure,

Carolina Way,



Full day 40 delegates