Karl Watts – Chief Executive Officer of Rail Operations (UK) Limited – highlights from the Railbusinessdaily.com conference at RSN 2019

Taking to the conference stage from Rail Operations (UK) Limited was Chief Executive Officer Karl Watts.

Karl used his speech to discuss ROG’s presence in the UK rail industry’s supply chain as a provider of specialist train operating services in support of the rolling stock manufacturing, engineering and leasing sectors.

He gave an overview of the organisation’s history, from its design of Dellner drop-head adapter couplers and the start of its locomotive hauled EMU commercial services in 2015, to this year’s CAF Class 331 deliveries and testing programme.

Karl then presented to the audience Orion, a high speed logistics firm which forms part of the Rail Operations Group of companies and also Traxion, the rolling stock management arm of the group. He described the issues facing the future of the rolling stock sector, including the removal of diesel only trains by 2040.

During the Q&A Karl suggested the industry is not as innovative as it believes itself to be, which was greeted with acknowledging agreement from the audience. He said the industry needs to work harder to achieve what is being done elsewhere, as in the aviation industry, for example.