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Network Rail Infrastructure Limited (NR) is the owner and operator of most of the rail infrastructure in Great Britain (England, Scotland and Wales).  NR employs more than 37,000 people and owns the infra-structure, including the railway tracks, signals, overhead wires, tunnels, bridges, level crossings and most stations, but not the passenger or commercial freight rolling stock. It includes 32,000 km of track, and 32,000 bridges and tunnels. It has an annual spend of some €4.9 billion on infrastructure maintenance and renewals accounting for about 40% of NR’s costs.

Furthermore it owns 2,500 railway stations, and manages 18 of the biggest and busiest of them. It also has several training and development sites, and testing facilities around Britain.  Its main customers are the separate and mostly private-sector train operating companies (TOCs), responsible for passenger transport, and freight operating companies (FOCs), who provide train services on the infrastructure that the company owns and maintains.

NR will contribute to WP8 “Action Plan for long-term resilience of interconnected transport network”.  The majority of NR’s effort will be in WP9 (pilot and demonstration activities) where it will support the validation of the methodologies and technologies developed by providing a real “Industrial” view of the technical and economic feasibility of the project outputs.


Robert Dean (Male) has over 14 years’ experience of working in the civil engineering sector of the rail industry.  He is one of three Principal Engineers leading the central structures team within Network Rail (NR) developing asset management strategies, policies and standards – total budget £2.1bn over five years managing a large asset stock including 29,000 bridges.  Rob represents NR at UK Bridges Board, CIRIA Council and client group, Cambridge Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction and Bridge Owners Forum.  He leads on the development of new technologies, materials and areas of research both via integration with NR’s internal R&D team and externally. Rob is a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers. He holds a MEng Civil Engineering from the University of Portsmouth.  ​​Rob will coordinate the input of his team to the project as well as contributing himself.

Robert Anderson (Male) has over 30 years’ experience in the Railway Industry. He is a Senior Engineer in the central Structures Team within Network Rail, leading the development of Asset Management Standards. He has a MEng Civil Engineering from the University of Witwatersrand (South Africa) and is a Chartered Engineer (CEng) – Institute of Structural Engineers 1995. Robert represents NR at UK Concrete Society, In2Rail European project on smart Bridges and leads the NR Specialist Technical Group on Protective Coatings.

Neil Jones (Male) has over 30 years’ experience of working in the civil engineering sector; including experience in the Water Industry, Local Authorities, Consultancy and the rail industry. He is the Structures Route Asset Manager for LNW; the largest region of Network Rail leading the management of over 14,000 bridge spans, 5,000 culverts, 5,000 retaining walls and over 100 km of tunnel. He leads a team of over 50 engineers and managing an operational and capital budget of £120m/annum. Neil supports the development of new systems and technology on the operational railway. He is a Chartered Engineer with the Institution of Civil Engineers. In addition to a BSc form King’s College, University of London he also holds a MSc in Management from University of Manchester.

Nataliya Aleksieva (Female) has over 13 years’ experience of working in the civil engineering sector of the rail industry.  She is an Engineer in the central structures team within Network Rail (NR) developing asset management standards.  Nataliya represents NR at SCI Steel Bridge Group.  She is a Chartered Engineer of the Institution of Civil Engineers. She holds a MEng Civil Engineering from the University of Architecture, Geodesy and Civil Engineering (Bulgaria).


Dr. Belén Riveiro
University of Vigo
School of Industrial Engineering, Universidade de Vigo
CP36310, Vigo, Spain
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