Virtual Conference

UK Rail Station Development and Regeneration

Tuesday 10 November 2020


Chair’s welcome and opening remarks
Jonathan Chatfield
Head of Policy (Freight and Stations)
Rail Delivery Group
Government vision for GB rail stations
  • Future approach to stations taking account of the Williams Review
  • Long term vision for all 2500+ GB stations
  • Responding to increasing modal shift - what are the predictions and trends?
  • Focusing on the climate emergency and 2050 net zero targets – policy for for greener stations and interchanges
Network Rail plans and stations strategy for the UK
  • ‘Tomorrow’s Living Stations’ report – what are the outcomes and the future role of stations?
  • Sustainability plans and timelines for stations in light of the climate emergency
  •  Putting passengers first in stations - operations, customers
  • Future development plans for stations – what are the priorities in CP6?
  • The value of station investment 
Malcolm Pitt
Head of Station Strategy
Network Rail
Innovative infrastructure investment to promote wider growth and regeneration
  • The role of stations in creating new investment opportunities - Birmingham International
  • Balancing the railway needs vs local regeneration ambitions – overcoming the challenges and lessons learned to date
  • Challenges with land value capture around stations
  • What are the current opportunities for investment and where?
Jonathan Bretherton
Managing Director
Urban Growth Company
Morning break and networking
Panel discussion: Putting the passenger first – how do we design and maintain fully accessible and inclusive stations?
  • Incorporating accessibility into station masterplans – what are the methods?
  • Strategies for hidden disabilities
  • Station and passenger information – what improvements are needed?
  • Developing stations to serve local communities – assessing the different needs in different areas
  • Making stations safe and secure – learning from past challenges
Stephanie Tobyn
Deputy Director, Consumers
Office of Rail and Road
Andrew Went
UK Rail Leader
Steven Mifsud
Direct Access
Optimising on the relationship between station retail and wider regeneration
  • What are the station retail trends and how do we optimise on these to encourage development and station use?
  • Major project progress and updates
  • What opportunities exist for retail investment and where?
Sam Stokes
Senior Development Manager
East West Rail Project updates: Progress with current station development
  • Delivery timelines
  • Updates and priorities for 2020
  • Main challenges faced so far and how they have been overcome


Martin Phillips
Head of Customer Strategy
East West Rail
Networking lunch
Aligning station development with housing targets to maximise regeneration opportunities
  • How can this be done effectively?
  • Plans for housing development around stations to help densification
  • Stations and property – how do they interface?
  • Linking communities with new infrastructure – best practice in public consultation
Transport for Greater Manchester - Station upgrades and development as a catalyst for economic growth in suburban areas
  • What is the investment structure and strategy?
  • Station plans, priorities and timelines
  • What are the housing and employment opportunities being created?
Simon Elliott
Head of Rail Programmes
Transport for Greater Manchester
Rick Lawrence
Partnerships & Property Director
Panel discussion: Improving collaboration in order to successfully deliver station regeneration
  • Williams Review impacts on station ownership and development and what that means for all involved
  • How to manage the requests, concerns and priorities of all stakeholders
  • Recognising the role of local authorities from start to finish
  • Importance of developing strategic and collaborative methods from the project beginning
Anna Heaton
Addleshaw Goddard
Matt Ward
Head of Strategic Development Projects
Plymouth City Council
Jeremy Long
Chair; former CEO-European Business
Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership; MTR
Afternoon break and networking
Value of station investment
  • Impact of stations on the economy and wider community
Jonathan Chatfield
Head of Policy (Freight and Stations)
Rail Delivery Group
Delivering development of all scales – the need for small station regeneration
  • Importance of community rail in valuable upgrades and enhancements
  • The role of the station in a small community – why is it needed?
  • How to engage and involve the wider community in regeneration projects
Learning from international multi-modal station development and applying lessons to future projects
  • Methods and approaches to station enhancement projects
  • Main challenges with design and asset management and how to overcome
  • Best practice in engaging all stakeholders in order to deliver within specification and budget
Chairs' closing remarks
Close of conference and networking

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