Certificate of Railway Planning And Operations

Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies
University of Sydney Business School

Tuesday 12 June to Thursday 14 June 2018

This course introduces students to the key elements of the railway planning and operations. The certificate will require the delivery of two assignments (which have in-course time devoted to them). The course is delivered by Dr Nigel Harris who is amongst Britain's leading railway planners, with a reputation based initially on technical advances in fares policy research (at Newcastle University) and network modelling (during eight years at London Underground). In addition, he has expertise in service planning, operational simulation, demand forecasting, scheme appraisal and railway business planning in many different countries which gives him one of the best understandings of railway economics.

Course overview

This course introduces students to the key elements of railway planning and operations. It will cover:

  • Management and business planning (part 1)
  • Understanding the railway market/environment (macro-economics)
  • Passenger behaviour (micro-economics)
  • Management and business planning (part 2)
  • Freight
  • Safety and signalling
  • Infrastructure design
  • Timetabling

2018 course fees

The total fee, with course materials (including a copy of ‘An Introduction to Railway Operations Planning’ by Harris, Haugland, Olsson and Veiseth (2016), refreshments and lunches is:

  • Industry: $1,840
  • Government: $1,790
    (all GST inclusive)

There are limited places on this course and registrations will be taken in the order in which they are made. A waiting list will be created when the course is full.

For group discounts please contact business.itlsinfo@sydney.edu.au.

Registrations close 1 June 2018. For enquiries about late enrolments, please email business.itlsinfo@sydney.edu.au.

Cancellations: A 10% administration fee will be applied to refunds for any cancellation; no refund will be available for cancellations made after 1 June 2018.


Online registration and payment

Note: If you require a visa to enter Australia please ensure you obtain this before enrolling in this course. If you require an invitation letter for visa purposes please contact us at business.itlsinfo@sydney.edu.au Please note that refunds will not be granted in the event that you have enrolled in this course and have not obtained your visa in time.


The Certificate of Railway Planning and Operations course will be held at the Business School CBD Campus, which is located in the Sydney CBD at Lecture rooms 2/3, Level 17, Stocklands Building, 133 Castlereagh Street, Sydney.

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Further Information

Please email business.itlsinfo@sydney.edu.au or phone +61 2 91141813.