25th Annual: Rail Freight Group Conference 2017

Optimising supply chain relationships to accelerate growth in uncertain times

Wed 26th April 2017 etc. venues - Victoria, London Directions
  • The Rail Freight Group Conference returns for its 25th year, convening the entire industry to explore how to respond to emerging opportunities and overcome the biggest challenges facing the sector in 2017 and beyond.

    Bringing together 140 attendees, including operators, rail freight customers and ports, to review government support and plans for the sector, the conference explores where the areas and opportunities for rail freight growth are, including intermodal and supply chain opportunities.

    Attend to understand the emerging implications of Brexit for freight and how the industry can plan and respond accordingly; discuss the importance of improving freight connections at ports and how this can be achieved; and hear from freight users and customers on rail freight performance.

    Take a look at the 25th Annual Rail Freight Group Conference 2017 brochure.

    Register now - call 0207 067 1597, email us or register online.

    To find out about sponsoring or exhibiting at this event, please get in touch by email or call 0207 067 1597.

    Register your place today to:

    • Understand the latest Government and railway initiatives for rail freight
    • Discuss what the ORR’s charging review could mean for freight
    • Explore how to deliver growth for the sector, including examining the growing role of intermodal
    • Join the debate on the possible implications of Brexit for rail freight, considering what this might mean for trade and customs
    • Hear from freight users and customers on what they are looking for and what else the rail freight sector could offer
    • Benefit from 3+ hours of structured networking with over 140 senior rail freight professionals
    • Plus much more...

    Keep up to date with the latest conference announcements and industry news by following us @WFrail. Join the conversation by using the hashtag #RFGconf17, or join the UK Rail Network LinkedIn group.

    Just some of the key organisations who have attended this event previously:

    Amey Rail
    Ashfield Land
    Associated British Ports
    Colas Rail
    DB Cargo (UK)
    DC Rail
    Department for Transport
    DP World London Gateway
    Drax Power
    European Rail Freight Association (ERFA)
    Eversholt Rail
    Frank Armitt And Son
    Freight on Rail
    GB Railfreight
    GE Rail Services
    Highways England
    Hutchison Port
    Midlands Connect
    Mott MacDonald
    MSC UK
    Murphy Shipping and Commercial Services
    Network Rail
    Office of Rail and Road
    P & O Ferries
    PD Ports
    Peel Ports
    Port of Tilbury London
    Port of Tyne
    Rail Freight Group
    Rail North
    RLand Energy
    Siemens AG
    The Bristol Port Company
    Transport for Greater Manchester
    Transport Scotland
    UK Power Networks


    Download the full list of previous attendees here.

    Register now - call 0207 067 1597, email us or register online.

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    08:45Registration and refreshments
    09:30Chair’s opening remarks

    Tony Berkeley Chair Rail Freight Group

    Part 1: Industry update – the rail freight sector in 2017
    09:45Government support and ambitions for freight growth
    • The importance of rail freight in the UK and the benefits from more freight being carried by rail
    • Investment in rail freight
    • The Government’s Rail Freight Strategy

    Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP Secretary of State for Transport

    10:15Planned improvements for freight: securing routes and additional capacity
    • Plans for the freight network
    • Providing more capacity for freight
    • The impact of devolution on freight
    • Innovation and the impact of the digital railway on freight

    Paul McMahon Managing Director, Freight and National Passenger Operators Network Rail

    10:45Office of Rail and Road update on PR18
    • Preparation underway for CP6 – an update on PR18
    • Outcomes of the access charge review and what this means for freight
    • Is pricing a barrier to growth?
    • How is ORR helping to support freight growth

    Joanna Whittington Chief Executive Office of Rail and Road

    11:10Morning refreshments
    Part 2: The implications of Brexit for rail freight and developing supply chain opportunities
    11:40 The expected impact of Brexit on rail freight trade
    • Expected changes to trade volume
    • Changes to customs – can delays be expected?
    11:55Panel discussion What are the implications of Brexit for rail freight?

    Laura Wright Head of European Rail Rail Delivery Group

    Further speakers to be confirmed

    Part 3: Delivering growth for the rail freight sector – what is needed?
    12:45Innovation: the thinking behind productivity

    Speaker from WASCOSA

    13:10Networking lunch
    14:10Panel discussion User and customer perspective – how is the rail freight sector performing and what else does it need to offer?
    • Remaining competitive with road
    • How is the freight industry performing?
    • What could the freight sector do differently?
    Part 4: Accelerating growth for rail freight – identifying areas for development and the importance of intermodal freight
    14:55Rail freight and urban spaces: the role of planning in safeguarding freight sites for future development
    • Developing construction terminals
    • Securing safeguards for future expansion
    • The impact of the London Plan on freight
    • The changing role of urban freight

    James Day Managing Director Day Group

    15:20Afternoon refreshments
    15:50Operator plans to deliver intermodal growth
    • Plans for 2017 and coming years
    • Responding to market changes and identifying the best routes to market
    16:15Retailer’s perspective: choosing rail
    16:40Ports’ role in driving and supporting rail freight growth: Teesport perspective and plans for 2017
    • The importance of improved rail connections at ports
    • Identifying opportunities for growth
    • Current freight trends and predictions

    Geoff Lippitt Business Development Director PD Ports

    17:05Chair’s closing remarks
    17:15Close of conference and networking drinks
    *All sessions include time for Q & A*
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  • Biographies

    PD Ports

    Geoff Lippitt

    Business Development Director

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    Day Group

    James Day

    Managing Director

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    Office of Rail and Road

    Joanna Whittington

    Chief Executive

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    Rail Delivery Group

    Laura Wright

    Head of European Rail

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    Network Rail

    Paul McMahon

    Managing Director, Freight and National Passenger Operators

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    Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP

    Secretary of State for Transport

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    Tony Berkeley

  • CategoryFees
    Full rate
    Standard conference fee£499 + VAT
    Public sector conference fee
    £369 + VAT
    RFG member fee£369 + VAT
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some of this year’s speakers:

Geoff Lippitt

Business Development Director
PD Ports

James Day

Managing Director
Day Group

Joanna Whittington

Chief Executive
Office of Rail and Road

Laura Wright

Head of European Rail
Rail Delivery Group

Tony Berkeley

Rail Freight Group

Paul McMahon

Managing Director, Freight and National Passenger Operators
Network Rail

Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP

Secretary of State for Transport

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“Very good. Balanced. Informative.”

M. Dickerson, Network Rail

“Good balance of content from all areas of rail freight.”

D. Porter, DP World

“A well thought through event looking at the industry with a 360 degree view.”

R. Jones, TSC

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