The Future of Rail 2020

12 November 2020 | Victoria Park Plaza


Innovation, Investment & Intelligence

Thursday 12 November 2020

Time Session
08:20 Registration & refreshments
09:00 Chair's welcome
09:15 Opening Address: How can the transport sector help build more resilient cities?
  Assessing how to make our cities resilient to the effects of climate change, the implications for our transport networks and how collaboration is needed to drive change in the design and construction of rail and road projects.
09:35 The Big Interview: What will be the short and long-term impact of HS2 on future major projects?
  Revealing the key developments for the industry that Crossrail leaves and discussing how this will impact future major projects and their design and delivery.
09:55 Panel: Debating the impact that the rise of rail hubs and stations as destinations has for their design and delivery?
  • What impact is new technology and changing social factors having on stations and their usage?
  • How has the design of stations changes over the last 10 years and how is it shaping their design in the future?
  • What are clients doing to create better interchanges and improving interconnectivity and onwards connections?
  • To what extent will we increasing see rail projects closely linked to other projects such as housing developments?
10:30 Networking and refreshments break
11:00 Northern Powerhouse Rail: Why the future of the rail industry depends on development and investment in the North England
  Sharing insight into upcoming projects and investments for Northern Powerhouse Rail and that connecting the North through major rail projects is not just key to investors, contractors, suppliers and developers, but to levelling up of the UK economy.
11:20 TFL: Exploring the next generation of stations upgrades in the pipeline and challenge of bringing them forward
  Exploring planned upgrade works on stations such as Holborn and Camden Town and how tight budgets is challenging client and industry to design better and look at more productive ways of delivering.
11:40 HS2: Futuregazing at station development and timescales
  Discussing how the Oakavee review has impacted the project and what lesson phase 2 will need to draw as it looks towards critical milestones in the coming years.
12:00 Reopening lines closed by Beeching and the impact these could have across the UK
  Understanding how the £500m fund to reverse Beeching’s cuts will be invested, the social and economic impact these projects could have and timescales turning plans into new projects.
12:20 Question and answer session
12:35 Networking lunch
  • Meet the Graduate Challenge Shortlist – during the break, take the opportunity to meet the shortlist and discuss their ideas, ahead of the presentations.
  • Client Hubs – network with the teams from major clients during the break and pose your pressing questions to them at their stands.

Case Study: Designing and planning for phase 2 of East West Rail


Exploring the milestones for the scheme in the coming years as development moves forward and discussing the impact that consultation has had on planned route and new stations


Electrifying routes as part of CP6 and the lessons learnt from CP5


Exploring the pipeline of rail electrification projects through Network Rail’s CP6, assessing challenges these projects will face in retrofitting Victorian assets and drawing lessons from projects such as the Great Western Upgrade, to improve delivery.


ARCADIS: Using technology to drive productivity in rail projects


Evaluating how industry are using technology to challenge site practices, how offsite and digital construction could improve productivity and what clients needs to do, to ensure technology is at the heart of procurement.


Question and answer session


Networking & refreshment break


Debate: How can the UK’s plans for an ‘infrastructure revolution’ align with the it’s goal to achieve Net Zero Carbon by 2050?

  • What role does investment in ageing infrastructure plan in reducing Carbon emission in the sector?
  • How does the way the industry designs and delivers project need to change to cut embedded carbon and carbon emissions?
  • What role do engineers, contractors, clients and the supply chain need to play ensure the next revolution meets higher environmental standards?
  • How should carbon be factored into the planning and procurement of projects?

Innovation Station: Top Industry Start-ups 2020


A competition searching for bright graduates who have bold ideas on how to ensure the industry meets higher standards in air quality and carbon emission. If you have an exciting idea, please submit to New Civil Engineer. The top three entries will be shortlisted to present to the conference in July. The shortlist will have five minutes to present and five minutes of questions.


The Hyperloop Hub: Sharing insight into Hyperloop’s global development plans, environmental impact and implications for the rail industry


Exploring how Hyperloop could be key to the long-term financial and environmental future of the rail industry and what developments are taking place across the world to bring the idea to the forefront.


Question and answer session


Clean Air challenge winner announced


Close of conference


Drinks reception

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