Courses in Railways

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Courses in Railways

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These courses are specifically designed to familiarise delegates with the concepts and techniques of railway economics, management, and planning, and their application in addressing a wide variety of current issues facing the industry.

At a time when railways are of great policy interest, these courses provide a good understanding of the operational and economic basis of the railway industry. Delegates will become familiar with the key techniques of planning and management in order to address a wide variety of issues facing the industry, and should be able to take up management positions in the railway and associated industries.

The courses are led by Dr Nigel G. Harris of The Railway Consultancy.

Course Objectives

These three courses will:

  • enable participants to acquire a coherent understanding of the whole rail industry;
  • provide familiarity with modelling techniques and management processes, and with key concepts in safety, economics and design;
  • enable participants to develop a wide range of subject-specific and more general skills of use both to them and the economy as a whole;
  • encourage participants to think through complex issues logically and objectively;
  • provide an appreciation of the analytical and decision-making skills required for a thorough understanding of contemporary railway agreement and planning.

Course Outline

Topics covered will include:

  • Railway Economics: railway macro-economics, major schemes, railway micro-economics, estimating the demand for new stations and services;
  • Railway Management: railway management and business planning, railway ownership and structure, railway safety, rail freight;
  • Railway Planning: public transport network modelling, timetabling and rostering, track and signalling infrastructure design, terminal and station design.

Update to course content

Please note that our courses are reviewed regularly, both in response to feedback and so that information about recent research and developments can be included. Thus, content may be subject to change.

Who are the courses aimed at?

The courses are suitable for those:

  • already employed in planning functions in the railway industry, local authorities and consultancies wishing to deepen their understanding
  • railway staff from other disciplines wanting to undertake scheme appraisals, or to widen their knowledge of the railway as a system
  • young professionals wishing to understand the key concepts of railway planning in order to further their career.


School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences
Industry Professionals


  • Railway Economics
    • £500 (duration 1.5 days)
  • Railway Management
    • £500 (duration 1.5 days)
  • Railway Planning
    • £500 (duration 1.5 days)

Book on all three courses at a discounted price of £1350.

We offer a 30 percent discount to full time students and to Newcastle University staff.

The course fee includes tuition, course materials, lunch and refreshments.

[ Information about Cancellations ]

Formal assessment may be available for this Course. Assessment attracts an additional fee of £350, and delegates will be issued with a transcript and Certificate of Credit Achieved. Owing to visa restrictions the assessment option is not available to international students outside the European Economic Area (EEA).

Academic Module Outline

This course is also delivered as a Module (code CEG8408) on at least one of the School's Masters programmes, the majority of which can be studied part time, making them suitable for those in employment. Delegates will attend with full and part time registered students. The Academic Module Outline is available via the University's Module Catalogue.

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In association with:
In association with Railway Consultancy Courses in Railways delivered in association with Railway Consultancy
Endorsed by:
Endorsed by Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation Courses in Railways endorsed by Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation

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