Rail Transit Sessions Speaker:
Senior Wheel-Rail Interface Engineer
Transport for London
Biography: Andy Vickerstaff is the Senior Wheel-Rail Interface Engineer for Transport for London with delegated technical authority from the Head of Permanent Way Engineering for railhead profile and wheel-rail interface management. Andy is responsible for the development of London Undergrounds wheel-rail interface strategy including monitoring of rolling contact fatigue, rail re-profiling strategy, wheel turning intervals and adhesion management.
Andy joined Metronet Rail in 2008 as a graduate trainee on the mechanical engineering scheme before being transferred to London Underground as the contractor was brought back in house. In 2010 Andy joined the track engineering team within maintenance before starting a specific wheel-rail interface department in 2012. In 2018 as part of a company re-organisation Andy became part of Transport for London Engineering and was given a wider remit which encompasses Croydon Trams, London Overground and Docklands Light Railway.
Andy is a chartered engineer as recognised by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and holds Master of Engineering and Master of Philosophy degrees from the University of Bath.