Rail Events

Providing key opportunities for networking and sharing best practice, our passenger and freight rail conferences provide essential updates on policy and offer a platform for debate on key regulatory, planning and economic issues.

Event calendar

  • 25th Annual: Rail Freight Group Conference 2017

    Wed 26th April 2017 etc. venues - Victoria, London

    The Rail Freight Group annual conference returns for the 25th year bringing together rail freight professionals for networking, learning and high level debate, as the freight industry's leaders come together to debate the biggest issues affecting the sector. This major annual conference will explore the current challenges and commercial opportunities for the sector, bringing together over 120+ attendees from the freight industry including operators, rail freight customers, and ports.

    9th Annual: UK Ports Conference 2017

    Tue 23rd - Wed 24th May 2017 Cavendish Conference Centre, London

    Now in its 9th year, the UK Ports conference which takes place over 2 days brings together senior representatives from the ports, shipping and maritime sectors to hear essential updates on changing policy and regulations, explore current trends and opportunities for growth, and offer detailed guidance on port development.

    Transport-Led Development in Wales 2017

    Wed 14th June 2017 Park Inn, Central Cardiff

    This one day event will look at the delivery of transport infrastructure in Wales, and transport's influence on development and regeneration. The day will explore emerging regeneration opportunities for developers, and best practice in delivering transport projects that enhance the local area and unlock economic growth.

    Airport Surface Access 2017

    Wed 21st June 2017 Ashurst, London

    Hear from UK airports on their short term and long term plans for surface access improvements and the value of improving connectivity, not just in the South East of England but regionally. Attend to explore how to identify the best solutions, from road and rail links to bus and tram connections, for airports of all sizes, and receive the latest insight from international airports and the lessons that can be learnt from these.

    3rd Annual: UK Rail Station Development and Regeneration 2017

    Thu 22nd June 2017 Addleshaw Goddard, London

    Providing practical and applicable solutions to implement in your project, you will discover valuable lessons learned from completed regeneration schemes, discuss the importance of building cross-industry partnerships and understand how to keep passenger satisfaction at the forefront of change.

    Benefit from 120+ senior professionals in the rail, property and investment sectors gathering to hear industry leaders and innovators discuss areas including funding, best practice for delivery and strategies for improved pedestrian flows in station projects.

  • ERTMS and ETCS 2017: The Future of Railway Signalling in the UK

    Tue 21st - Wed 22nd March 2017 Arup, London

    This event brings together 120+ senior rail professionals, from passenger services and freight operators through to suppliers. The only event that allows you to explore the strategy and delivery of ERTMS and the fitment of ETCS in the UK.

    5th Annual: Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects Forum 2017

    Tue 7th - Wed 8th February 2017 etc. venues - St. Paul’s, London

    Widely recognised as the industry's largest gathering for those involved with NSIPs projects, this event brings together project promoters, local authorities, statutory consultees, and planning professionals to share best practice on creating a successful application.

    2nd Annual: Transport-Led Development in the North of England 2017

    Wed 1st February 2017 DLA Piper, Manchester

    This one day event will look at the delivery of transport infrastructure in the North of England, and transport's influence on development and regeneration. The day will explore emerging regeneration opportunities for developers, and best practice in delivering transport projects.

    Transport-Led Development in London and the South East 2017

    Tue 17th January 2017 Pinsent Masons, London

    With a number of large scale developments happening in London and more expected in the next years and a new Mayor committed to deliver more efficient and sustainable transport, there are currently numerous development opportunities.

    This one-day event provides an update on the delivery of new transport infrastructure and associated development opportunities, including Euston Station, Old Oak Common and the Bakerloo line extension.

    Meeting the UK’s Infrastructure Needs

    Wed 23rd November 2016 De Vere Venues - West One, London

    With the Government remaining committed to investment in growth and infrastructure across the country and the National Infrastructure Commission in the process of identifying infrastructure needs and priorities ahead of publishing its National Infrastructure Assessment, this is a must attend event to identify which projects are coming forward in the short term and how they will be delivered

    The event will be the first of its kind to bring together developers, investors and the planning community, to gain a forward look at future infrastructure projects in the pipeline and to provide an in-depth analysis on how to fund and deliver different types of infrastructure.

    Rolling Stock Procurement Forum 2016

    Tue 15th November 2016 Addleshaw Goddard, London

    With larger orders recently placed and more on the way, this one day event provides a strategic review of rolling stock needs and procurement processes. Allowing you to receive all the latest information and timelines on recent and upcoming procurement, in addition to considering key issues which could affect the delivery of new rolling stock.

    Transport-Led Development in the Midlands 2016

    Wed 19th October 2016 DLA Piper, Birmingham

    This one day event will provide practical guidance on transport-led regeneration and development and the latest updates on future infrastructure schemes in the Midlands. It will also explore various finance options that are available for transport-led projects and look at the growing role of developer contributions and partnership working.

    3rd Annual: UK Rail Industry Forum 2016

    Wed 14th September 2016 Dentons, London

    Join over 100 senior representatives from across the UK rail sector to hear updates on CP5 project delivery and look forward to CP6, explore the outcomes of the Shaw Report and Hendy review and how the recommendations in both of these will be implemented and taken forward. Attend to consider the effect of devolution on the rail industry, receive updates on the delivery of projects in the North of England, and understand changing passenger perceptions and exceptions of rail.

    2nd Annual: UK Rail Station Regeneration and Development 2016

    Wed 13th July 2016 Pinsent Masons, London

    UK Rail Station Regeneration and Development welcomes over 120 senior professionals from the rail, property and investment sectors to explore the benefits of investing in rail stations and the associated regeneration and development opportunities. The only event of its kind in the UK, the event will also discuss the impact of station investment on commercial and property development around the station and how this influences economic growth.

    Transport-Led Development in Wales 2016

    Tue 28th June 2016 Park Plaza Hotel, Cardiff

    With specific focus on projects in Wales including the Metro and the M4 road development, this is the only forum that focuses both on the regeneration opportunities on the horizon, provides an update on current projects and highlights best practice in delivering transport projects. Get the latest advice on how to use transport-led infrastructure to unlock economic growth and win the hearts and minds of local stakeholders.

    8th Annual: UK Ports Conference 2016

    Tue 24th - Wed 25th May 2016 Hill Dickinson LLP, London

    Now in its 8th year, the UK Annual Ports Conference has been expanded for 2016 into a two-day programme, with day 1 providing the latest updates on policy issues, exploring the current trends and outlook, the examining "big" issues around national and regional and local infrastructure development. Day Two will examine and evaluate the opportunities and gaps in terms of port development for growing markets, considering the opportunities for ports to capitalise on renewable energy, containerised shipping and the development of intermodal facilities.

    This major national conference for the UK ports industry will also examine recent shipping trends and provide expert opinions on the outlook for shipping in terms of traffic forecasts via UK ports, both in the short-term and into 2020. Speakers will provide a succinct overview and update of the UK and EU ports policy landscape; vital to ports executives for shaping commercial objectives which are realistic and achievable in today's uncertain and competitive market.

    Waterfront’s National Infrastructure Commission Conference

    Wed 4th May 2016 Pinsent Masons, London

    This event will enable delegates to understand the purpose of the new National Infrastructure Commission (NIC). It will examine the areas the NIC has been asked to focus on and consider what their work means for future infrastructure projects.

    With the first priorities of the Commission being to review the connectivity of Northern cities and HS3, investment in London's transport infrastructure, and energy infrastructure investment, this event will consider what the recommendations of the Commission could mean for these areas. Take a look at the draft programme here.

    24th Annual: Rail Freight Group Conference 2016

    Wed 20th April 2016 Cavendish Conference Centre, London

    The 24th annual Rail Freight Group Conference brings together rail freight professionals for networking, learning and high level debate, as the freight industry's leaders come together to debate the biggest issues affecting the sector.

    This major annual conference will explore the current challenges and commercial opportunities for the sector, bringing together other 120+ attendees from the freight industry including operators, rail freight customers, and ports. Attend to review the government's plans and support for the sector, explore the implications of structure changes at Network Rail for the freight industry and future freight growth.

    ERTMS and ETCS 2016: The Future of Railway Signalling in the UK

    Tue 22nd - Wed 23rd March 2016 Stephenson Harwood, London

    ERTMS, the new form of rail signalling in the UK presents a big challenge for the UK rail industry; removing the signals from the track to on board the train will require a great deal of change for the entire industry. From new trackside infrastructure, to retrofitting rolling stock, to the training of staff, there are number of strategic and operational challenges that need to be considered.

    This event brings together 100+ senior rail professionals from passenger services and freight operators through to suppliers; and is the only event that allows you to explore the strategy and delivery of ERTMS and the fitment of ETCS in the UK.

    Transport-Led Development in the North of England

    Wed 9th March 2016 DLA Piper, Manchester

    With the government’s commitment to developing the northern powerhouse, large scale transport projects already underway, and a focus on development and economic growth in the North, there are currently numerous development opportunities, as new and improved transport infrastructure

    4th Annual: Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects Forum 2016

    Tue 9th - Wed 10th February 2016 Grand Connaught Rooms, London

    The UK's leading conference on the application process for nationally significant infrastructure projects returns to London on February 9-10th 2016. Due to overwhelming demand, this year's conference has moved to a private venue to allow for technical guidance, including a brand new stream on post-consent which will explore DCO implementation and preparing for construction.

    Widely recognised as the industry's largest gathering for those involved with NSIPs projects, this event has attracted 400 attendees since it launched in 2013, bringing together project promoters, local authorities, statutory consultees, and planning professionals to share best practice on creating a successful application.  A must-attend event for anyone involved in infrastructure planning, this conference will help you gain a complete understanding of how to prepare a DCO as you to hear crucial insights from The Planning Inspectorate and those that have successfully completed the process.

    Transport-Led Development in London and the South East

    Wed 13th January 2016 Pinsent Masons, London

    With a number of large scale transport projects coming forward in London over the next few years, this event will explore emerging regeneration opportunities for developers, and best practice in delivering transport projects that enhance the local area and maximise economic growth.

    Hear from developers, local authorities and transport planners as they explore how we can realise the full potential of these projects. By providing updates on future infrastructure schemes including Crossrail 2 and Old Oak Common, and reviewing case studies and lessons learnt from recent developments, the event will provide practical guidance on transport-led regeneration.

    UK Rail Network Resilience 2015

    Thu 12th November 2015

    This is the first national conference to bring together the UK rail industry to tackle the growing problem of rail network resilience. Senior professionals from across the rail sector including Network Rail, TOCs, and local authorities will come together to discuss both short and long term plans for developing a network which is resilient to weather conditions, engineering works, emergencies and climate change.

    2nd Annual: UK Rail Industry Forum 2015

    Thu 17th September 2015 Stephenson Harwood, London

    This timely event will bring together the rail industry following the general election to discuss the latest issues facing the rail sector.   Explore where the challenges and opportunities will be in the coming years, and find out more about how key projects are progressing.

    UK Rail Station Regeneration and Development 2015

    Wed 8th July 2015 Dentons, London

    At this event you will explore the benefits of investing in rail stations and how this can help regenerating the area at both a local and regional level. The event will also discuss the impact of station investment on commercial and property development around the station and how this influences economic growth.

    Hear case studies of recent investment in railways stations and what the impact of these were to the area, while also considering what opportunities will be available from future developments. Industry experts who have worked on a number of station schemes will discuss a range of topics exploring how to best progress station development and the benefits of development, these include the benefit of a fully integrated and connected station and how this can be delivered, city transformation through urban regeneration and retail and property opportunities station development can offer.

    23rd Annual: Rail Freight Group Conference

    Wed 3rd June 2015 Stephenson Harwood, London

    The rail freight industry's annual flagship event brings together rail freight professionals and offers the chance to debate the latest and most pertinent issues affecting the sector. The event will explore the current challenges and future opportunities for the freight industry.

    Attend to hear the latest updates from Network Rail on their plans for the freight network, discuss what the 2015 elections mean for the rail freight industry, including what the government's freight priorities are, and review rail freight in 2015 from an operator's perspective.

    Releasing Capacity on the UK Rail Network

    Wed 25th March 2015 Dentons, London

    Following the second report by Sir David Higgins on the future of High Speed Rail in Britain, this timely event will explore solutions to the rapidly growing problem of capacity on the UK rail network.

    The first session of the day will explore the importance of integrating HS2 and HS3 with existing rail network to improve connectivity, in the next session, delegates will hear a range of case studies on where improvements are being made to the current rail network. The final session of the conference will explore wider benefits of increasing capacity including the benefits for freight, and how regional rail enhancements will support city growth.

    The Future of Rail Signalling: The Transition to ERTMS

    Wed 18th March 2015 Stephenson Harwood, London

    The one day event, The Future of Rail Signalling: The Transition to ERTMS, will address a number of important topics including the latest updates on the change to the ERTMS, potential issues and pitfalls that might occur with the changeover, and will consider who is responsible for the transition. Join the discussion on how the change can best be implemented and if the transition will ultimately help improve network capacity.

    Port Strategy: Maximising Your Port’s Potential Through Infrastructure Solutions

    Wed 25th February 2015 Bircham Dyson Bell, London

    This event will explore how you can upgrade existing port infrastructure and deliver new developments to maximise your port's potential. By looking at a number of important issues, you will have the chance to consider the optimum strategy for your port, discuss the benefits of having a port master plan in place and assess the importance of port economic forecasting on development.

    Attend to examine the different planning consenting routes and find out how you can plan for new development, including how to match timelines for planning, environmental and dredging consents, to result in effective project delivery. Understand what infrastructure solutions are needed by exploring the latest trends and impacts of changing shipping patterns and size.

    Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects Master Class 2015

    Tue 10th - Wed 11th February 2015 Pinsent Masons, London

    This unique master class will provide you with in-depth guidance on how to apply for a development consent order using the Planning Act 2008. Across 2 days, it will consider all the processes and key requirements and provide a detailed look at each stage of the process you to need to complete to be granted approval for a nationally significant infrastructure project.

    This year's flexible format will allow you to choose from one full day and two half-day sessions, ensuring you receive the tailored support you need for your project, or attend both days for a complete overview of the process.

    UK Air-Rail Update 2015

    Mon 9th February 2015 DLA Piper London

    After a successful inaugural event, the UK Air-Rail Update conference returns to London for 2015 to showcase and discuss all the latest developments in air-rail policy in the UK, with representatives from across industry and government.

    Covering everything from HS2, Thameslink and Crossrail connectivity, to integrated ticketing systems and an overview of air rail projects across the world, UK Air-Rail Update 2015 is a critical event for aviation and rail professionals as well as third party stakeholders looking to get a grasp of the current state of air-rail and to network with key industry contacts.

    UK Rail Industry Forum 2014

    Thu 11th September 2014 Dentons, London

    This timely conference will bring together the Government, Network Rail and the UK rail industry to explore key strategic decisions that will shape the future of the railway, as one.  Largely discussion-based, this event will include in-depth panel debates and plenty of audience participation to ensure a wide range of stakeholders are heard from in an open and lively debate on key current issues for Britain's railway.

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