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Past Event

TALK | The Development of London’s Railways

event Thursday, 21 March 2019

access_time 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

turned_in_not £5-£15

location_on The Gallery, 70 Cowcross Street, EC1M 6EL

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Why is London’s railway network the way it is?  Is it still right for London?

Alistair Lenczner (Expedition engineering) explores the development of London’s railway network from its inception in the 19th century up to the current day. It considers the impulses that drove the original railway builders and the constraints that they had to overcome.   

The talk will go on to consider how fit-for-purpose London’s railway infrastructure is in the current day. What lessons are to be learnt from past mistakes and what was done in other major cities that London might want to emulate? The talk also explores how might the capital’s railway network evolve over the next 30 years and beyond. Alistair's talk is the first in the Society's look at London's engineering and infrastructure network.