Document type: Video

Sustainable Megaprojects seminar: Are rail projects a nightmare to deliver? Lessons for successful delivery

Document type: Video
Author: Mark Wild, Dr Atif Ansar
Publication Date: 14/09/2021

  • Abstract

    Leading practitioners in the field of rail megaprojects discuss whether rail projects really are a “nightmare” to deliver.

    In Britain alone, the rail industry facilitates travel for around 1.7 billion passengers every single year. Behind these journeys lie highly complex projects, which have been labelled a nightmare by both industry practitioners and experts alike. As high-profile rail projects such as Crossrail and HS2 continue to progress towards key milestones, the question of how we can achieve successful delivery has become extremely pertinent. This seminar brings together leading experts in rail project delivery from around the world to discuss the question of whether rail projects are a nightmare to deliver and how we can achieve successful delivery. Each speaker brings unique insights into the complexity of rail megaprojects, and how these projects will play an integral part in meeting sustainability goals within the next decade.

    This inaugural seminar of the Sustainable Megaprojects series is brought to you by Foresight Works and Oxford University’s Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment.


    • Mark Wild, CEO of Crossrail Ltd. – (Mark’s presentation starts soon after the introduction)

    • Anthea Dolman-Gair OBE, Head of Delivery for HS2 Phase 2 (Anthea’s presentation starts at 23m 20s)

    Moderated by:

    • Dr Atif Ansar, Co-Founder and Chairman of Foresight Works (Questions and Answers start at 38m 45s)

  • Authors

    Photo of Mark Wild

    Mark Wild - Crossrail Ltd

    Mark became Chief Executive of Crossrail Limited in November 2018 and is leading the complex Crossrail project through its final phases of construction, integration and testing ahead of the opening of the Elizabeth line.

    Mark joined Crossrail Limited from London Underground, where he served as Managing Director from June 2016.

    Mark has nearly 30 years’ experience in safety critical infrastructure operations and construction. The great majority of his career has been spent in rail transportation, both mainline railways and high-intensity metros.

    Mark is a Chartered Electrical Engineer and Member of the Institute of Engineering and Technology.

    Dr Atif Ansar

    Dr Atif Ansar

    Dr Atif Ansar is a Fellow of Oxford University and Executive Chairman and Co-founder of Foresight Works.

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