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Certificate of Railway Planning and Operations

A three-day course
The Certificate of Railway Planning and Operations introduces students to the key elements of railway planning and operations.

The course is delivered by Dr Nigel Harris, one of Britain's leading railway planners. With a career beginning in technical advances in fares policy research at Newcastle University, Dr Harris also has substantial experience in network modelling that he gained during eight years at London Underground.

Dr Harris also has in-depth expertise in service planning, operational simulation, demand forecasting, scheme appraisal and railway business planning in many different countries, giving him one of the best understandings of railway economics.

Due to recent events this course has been postponed until 2021. To receive information about this course when it becomes available please contact business.itlsinfo@sydney.edu.au to be placed on the expression of interest list.

Taught over three days, this course introduces students to the key elements of railway planning and operations. It will cover:

  • Management and business planning (part 1)
  • Understanding the railway market/environment (macroeconomics)
  • Passenger behaviour (microeconomics)
  • Management and business planning (part 2)
  • Freight
  • Safety and signalling
  • Infrastructure design
  • Timetabling

Students will be required to submit two assignments, both of which have time devoted to them during the course, to complete the certificate succesfully.