Home People Ergonomics expert joins WSP

Ergonomics expert joins WSP

WSP has appointed a human factors specialist to support on the design development of HS2’s Old Oak Common station.

Neil Winchester will work with the rail planning and operations team to apply human factors thinking at the early design stage to ensure the operation and maintenance of rail systems and facilities best meet the needs of the user.

Human factors, also known as ergonomics, refers to environmental, organisational and job factors, and human and individual characteristics, which influence behaviour at work in a way which can affect health and safety.

Neil, who counts such organisations as Network Rail, London Underground and BP as past employers, has been a human factors lead for more than 20 years.

Most recently, as the project integration manager for the MTR Crossrail programme team, Neil ensured the new Elizabeth line stations and systems would support MTR Crossrail’s concession requirements.

For London Underground, Neil developed guidance for rolling stock cab designers and he was also the human factors delivery manager on projects including the Stratford station enhancement programme.

Darren Reed, managing director of WSP’s rail business, said: “Learning from Neil’s extensive industry experience will help us embed human factors deeper into everything we design.”

Neil added: “Human factors is all about designing systems to meet the users’ needs, and in my new role I look forward to contributing to some of the most exciting and transformational projects in the UK and ensuring our right-first-time designs match our clients’ aims in terms of operational performance, safety and user experience.”


Read more: Siemens creates new role to maximise benefits from Goole investment


 

Recommended

Telent to provide CCTV support for Elizabeth line

Telent Technology Services, the leading technology and network services company, has been awarded a five-year contract by Transport for London (TfL) to support and...

Railway workers make sure vital supplies get through

While passenger services have been cut back due to the Coronavirus epidemic, rail’s freight services have been carrying on regardless.

LNER Sandwiches go to those fighting hunger

In a move to continue support its suppliers and communities during the Coronavirus outbreak, London North Eastern Railway (LNER) is supplying fresh sandwiches, that...

New Direct Award Contract for Southeastern

Southeastern has confirmed that the Department for Transport (DfT) has awarded a Direct Award Contract that will allow the Southeastern franchise to continue operating...

New agreement ensures continuity of GWR services until 2023

Train operator First Group has signed a new direct award agreement with the Department for Transport (DfT) to continue operating Great Western Railway (GWR)...