27th Annual (2019)

Rail Freight Group Conference

Tuesday 04 June 2019

Programme

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08:45
Registration and refreshments
09:30
Chair’s opening remarks
Maggie Simpson
Director General
Rail Freight Group
09:40
KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Government support for rail freight
  • Government ambitions for freight growth
  • The Government’s investment plans for freight
  • Benefits of rail freight to the economy
Andrew Jones MP
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport
10:10
CP6 - Working in partnership to deliver growth
  • Providing more capacity and overcoming bottlenecks
  • Third party investment opportunities to deliver rail improvements
Andy Saunders
Delivery Director, Freight and National Passenger Operators
Network Rail
10:40
Morning refreshments
11:10
ORR UPDATE
  • How ORR helps support and deliver growth for the rail sector
  • Supporting freight and forecasting future demand
Declan Collier
Chair
Office of Rail and Road
11:40
PANEL DISCUSSION: Industry review – the challenges, opportunities and disruptors for rail freight in 2019 and beyond
  • Potential industry disruptors and opportunities
  • How should the sector prepare and respond?
  • Changing trade patterns and the implications for freight
  • Impacts of Brexit for the freight industry and supply chains
Scott Wilding
Principle Planner for Freight Delivery
Transport for London
Simon Ives
Director
Simon Ives Ltd
12:30
Networking lunch
13:30
PANEL DISCUSSION: Operator update and plans for 2019
  • Growth plans and development opportunities for 2019 and beyond
  • Priority markets and exploring new markets
Chris Connelly
Chief Operating Officer
Direct Rail Services
14:20
The importance of rail freight in retail logistics
  • Environmental benefits of rail freight
  • The importance of rail freight in end to end logistics
  • What differentiates rail freight to make it the best transport choice
14:50
Using rail freight – a customer perspective
Ralph Goldney
Managing Director
Railfreight Consulting
15:20
Afternoon refreshments
15:50
Planned improvements and the opportunities for freight growth
  • The importance of investing in rail routes and connections
  • The latest update on the development of East Midlands Gateway
John Bailey
Operations Director
Maritime Transport
16:15
Development and delivery of strategic rail freight terminals and interchanges
  • Developing strategic rail freight interchanges
  • The role of strategic rail freight terminals in delivering economic growth
  • Improving connectivity
Mike Garratt
Chairman
MDS Transmodal
16:40
The role of rail in construction and urban logistics
  • Developing the freight action plan
  • How is urban freight changing?
17:05
Chair's closing remarks
17:15
Close of conference and networking drinks

*All sessions include time for Q & A*