2nd Annual (2019)

Attracting Third Party Investment into the UK Rail Sector

Wednesday 30 January 2019


Registration and refreshments
Chair’s welcome and opening remarks
KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Engaging with Network Rail and the opportunities for private investment
  • “Open for business” – how to engage with Network Rail about exploring opportunities to be involved
  • What are the opportunities for private investment? An update on the pipeline of project opportunities for third party involvement
  • How does private investment work - what are the options?
LATEST UPDATE ON MARKET-LED PROPOSALS: what are the opportunities for the sector and how will they work?
  • Designing market-led proposals and engagement with the industry
  • Feedback from the first round of market-led proposals
  • How will market-led proposals work in practice?
  • What are the different models of investment?
The investor perspective – what are investors looking for?
  • Appetite for investment in the rail sector
  • Challenges, concerns and risks of investing in rail
  • What are the opportunities for investors?
Morning refreshments
PANEL DISCUSSION: How can we successfully deliver public-private partnerships and move towards third party investment in the rail sector?
  • The clarity needed on the pipeline of projects and what options there are for private investment
  • The current need for private investment – can private investment help fill the infrastructure gap in the rail sector?
  • Where will investment come from and what investment models could work?
  • What are the barriers for investment and how can these be overcome?
  • Have we got the level of risk sharing right in the UK?
  • How can the UK rail sector market itself to find investment? Showcasing the projects that are available
  • How can the industry work collaboratively to ensure opportunities for private investment?
Networking lunch
Overcoming potential barriers to securing investment – the opportunities and risks for private investment in rail
  • What are the entry points for investors?
  • The role of private investment to replace lost EU funding
  • Is the rail market declining? What do changing travel patterns mean for future investment?
  • What could Labour’s proposed rail nationalisation plans mean for private investment in rail?
What are the possible models for private investment?
  • What are the possible models which can be used?
  • What are the benefits for investors and how will they see a return?
  • As an industry, how do we make these models a reality?
  • The options for investing in stations and surrounding land
How to appraise projects to fully assess the costs and wider project benefits
  • Calculating the full cost of a project
  • How can project benefits be fully assessed?
  • At what stage should investors and third parties be involved?
  • Who carries the risk at each stage of project development?
Afternoon refreshments
Devolution and the role of private investment in delivering projects regionally
  • The sources of funding available for devolved authorities
  • Assessing local needs and using private investment to deliver improvements
  • New models of investment and what is being done differently
EAST WEST RAIL UPDATE: The opportunities for investment
  • Working and engaging with the private sector regarding opportunities to support the East West Rail
  • Using a DBFO model to secure investment
  • Lesson so far and engaging with the private sector
Lessons from outside the UK: what can we learn from rail investment internationally?
  • Learning from international projects
  • What models have been used and how can we apply learnings in the UK?
  • Is the risk proposition different in different countries?
Chair’s closing remarks
Close of conference and networking drinks

*All sessions include time for Q & A*