6th Annual (2019)

UK Rail Industry Forum

Tuesday 17 September 2019


Registration and refreshments
Morning Chair’s welcome and opening remarks
Jonathan Bray
Urban Transport Group
Moving forward with the delivery of CP6
  • The plans for project delivery in CP6 – timelines and phases
  • Learning from CP5 and applying those lessons to CP6
  • The restructuring of Network Rail: what are the implications and the improvements?
Tim Shoveller
Managing Director for the North West and Central Region
Network Rail
PANEL DISCUSSION: Williams Review: A route and branch evaluation looking to reinvigorate UK rail
  • Why was the review necessary?
  • How is the industry responding to the franchise challenges and what is the future of franchise reform?
  • The need for vertical integration and what this means for devolution
  • Putting passengers at the heart of the industry – how radical will fare reform be?
  • How will the review benefit rail freight?
  • How will the review improve accountability within Network Rail, Department for Transport and Office of Rail and Road?
John Thomas
Director of Policy
Rail Delivery Group
Robert Cook
Head of Strategic Projects
Office of Rail and Road
Sharon Hedges
Franchise Programme Manager
Transport Focus
Julian Worth
CILT Rail Freight Forum
Morning refreshments
PANEL DISCUSSION: Boosting customer confidence, experience and perception of the rail sector
  • How can the rail industry improve internal and external communication?
  • Getting the basics right for passengers – what should be top priority vs what currently is
  • Learning from past challenges with timetabling and applying solutions to maximise reliability
  • What changes need to be made to ensure the railway is accessible for all of society? Reviewing the fare options and accessibility of rail
  • Finding the balance between fixing short term issues and solving long term problems – the importance of communicating to public why changes are being made
Linda McCord
Senior Stakeholder Manager
Transport Focus
Jacqueline Starr
Chief Operating Officer
Rail Delivery Group
Rabih Arzouni
Chief Technology Officer for Transport
Strategies for the future of rail development in London
  • The proposals of local transport authorities taking over from rail franchise on London commuter lines
  • TFL’s solutions to delivering customer service in the right way
Jonathan Fox
Director of London Rail
Transport for London
Transport for the North: Improving rail connectivity in the North – plans and progress
  • The future of the Northern Powerhouse Rail Project
  • How NPR will revitalise the North’s economy
Tim Wood
Northern Powerhouse Rail Director
Transport for the North
Morning Chair's closing remarks
Jonathan Bray
Urban Transport Group
Networking lunch
Afternoon Chair's opening remarks
Michael Pearson
Clifford Chance
Transport for Wales: Progress with improving rail journeys in Wales
  • A year on from the new franchise
  • Benefits of the investment into the new rolling stock and introduction of the UK’s first passenger used hybrid train
Alexia Course
Rail Operations Director
Transport for Wales
Ensuring successful delivery of the Digital Railway and using digitalisation effectively
  • Discovering cost reducing methods of renewing rail to improve the digital railway project
  • Maximising access to rail lines and increasing capacity through new technology
  • The need for system integration and unity within the rail sector to ensure efficiency
  • Promoting relationships with private investors to boost life into renewal projects
Simon Rennie
Head of Digital, Rolling Stock
Siemens Mobility
Successfully delivering electrification – the use of electrification in Scotland
  • Lessons learnt from Scotland’s successful electrification programme
  • How devolution has been effective in improving Scotland’s rail network
Lawrence Shackman
Head of Rail Projects and Technical Services
Transport Scotland
Afternoon refreshments
A greener future: decarbonising the railway by 2040
  • What is the strategy for decarbonisation and how do ensure its continuity and support throughout the industry? What changes are needed?
  • The plans for providing cleaner future rolling stock
  • The costs and benefits of electrification: making the case and when should electrification be used
David Clarke
Technical Director
Railway Industry Association
PANEL DISCUSSION: How to solve the skills challenges facing the rail sector
  • The boom and bust effects on the UK skills shortage
  • Post Brexit – what needs to be done to prevent any loss of skills?
  • How to promote the rail industry to ensure it is attracting a new and more diverse generation?
  • Improving the learning and support available to retain the workforce
Neil Robertson
Chief Executive
The National Skills Academy for Rail
Kate Myers
Head of Skills, Employment and Education
Hilary Tysoe
HR Director
Arriva UK Trains
Julianna Moats
National Professional Networking and Development Manager
Young Rail Professionals
Chair's closing remarks
Close of conference and networking drinks

*All sessions include time for Q & A*

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