Returning in 2020

2019 Programme

Driving investment and development seminar – 26 June


Main session

13:30 Registration and refreshments

Chair’s Welcome
Mark Hansford, editor, New Civil Engineer


Attracting third party investment in rail projects

With a national infrastructure funding gap, discuss the alternative models to drive public and private sector investment in schemes and to bring them to fruition. How can stakeholders drive investment and development at a local level?  

David Biggs, managing director – property, Network Rail

Stephen Dance, director of infrastructure delivery, Infrastructure Projects Authority  

Tom Burnage, senior property development manager, Transport for London


Case study: Utilising stations to drive economic growth 
Exploring West Yorkshire Combined Authority’s plans for supporting third party development around major regional stations and its importance to driving connectivity in the network.
Liz Hunter, head of transport policy, West Yorkshire Combined Authority 


Question and answer session

15:20 Networking and refreshments break

Explained: The Rail Network Enhancements Pipeline
Understand how the new RNEP intends to work and what this means for contractors, the supply chain and how this will drive outcomes. 

Yaelle Ridley, head of client portfolio, Network Rail 


Creating rail hubs for the future
Outlining the design and delivery proposed for Old Oak Common station as an example of future proofing large rail hubs. Discover how it intends to overcome the challenges of linking HS2 and Crossrail with existing infrastructure and the benefits for further development of the area. 

Bosco Lam, director, WilkinsonEyre

Adrian Tooth, project director, WSP

Adrian Hooper, lead senior project engineer, HS2


Driving regional development through the Northern Powerhouse Rail

Pinpointing the true value of the Northern Powerhouse Rail scheme to the regional and UK economy and why integration with other major rail interventions will be the key to a transformational outcome. 

Tim Wood, northern powerhouse rail director, Transport for the North


Question and answer session


Chair’s closing remarks

17:15 Close of seminar

Main conference day - 27 June


Main sessions

Fringe -  Making the UK a world leader in rail

8:00 Registration and refreshments

Breakfast Briefing (invite only) 

How can we improve collaboration in order to decarbonise the UK rail and what will this mean for procurement and project delivery?

9:00 Chair’s Welcome
Mark Hansford, editor, New Civil Engineer
Strategic Outlook

Government address: future of the UK rail sector

In post-Brexit Britain, gain clarity and confidence from the Department for Transport on where they envision the sector heading in the next 5 years and how they will be investing. 

Andrew Jones MP, parliamentary undersecretary of state

High Speed Hack (8:45 kick off)

6 teams will during the day plan and design a rail route using the latest ideas, principles and technology. The winner will be announced at the end of the day. 


Panel Discussion: Dispelling uncertainty in the next generation of projects 

Debating what government, clients and industry will need to do to drive forward projects, create a step change in the delivery and ensure all have the confidence to invest.

Tim Wood, northern powerhouse rail director, Transport for the North,

Graham Botham, strategy and planning director Network Rail


The rail sector deal and its benefits uncovered

Understand a new approach to transform the rail industry by increasing digital technology, boost productivity and improve services for the end user.  

Anna Delvecchio, commercial account director, Amey and co-lead, RSG Rail Sector Deal

Philip Hoare, president, Atkins and co-lead, RSG Rail Sector Deal


Fireside chat: The next steps for Crossrail 2

Mark and Michelle discuss the challenges, milestones and the importance of innovation and technology.

Michèle Dix, managing director, Crossrail 2, Transport for London


Networking and refreshments break

Major Development Plans

East West Railway – focusing on stakeholder collaboration to drive development

Explaining the challenges and next phases of the £1bn collaborative investment in the link and drawing out lessons to be applied across future projects.

Dominic Baldwin, alliance director East West rail, Network Rail


Improving rail links to Heathrow from the West and beyond

Examining the £900m route to better connect the UK’s busiest airport to the wider rail network and impact it will have for the environment and regional economy.

Tony Caccavone, surface access director, Heathrow  


Upgrading the challenging and critical Trans Pennine route to meet demand

Pinpointing the challenges facing the update of a critical route and why closures and stakeholder engagement will be critical to deliver faster and more reliable services.

Kieran Dunkin, principal programme sponsor, TransPennine Route Upgrade, Network Rail 


Midlands Connect: Increasing rail capacity in the Midlands

Uncovering the steps to drive efficiency of the midlands rail network to support an extra £649 million annual economic benefit in the region by 2037.

Stephen Pauling, head of rail & HS2, Midlands Connect


Case study: Grand Paris Express – sharing best practice from the ongoing £30bn project  

Highlighting the challenges, project management and tech solutions being employed to deliver a critical rail improvement across Paris.

Lionel Suquet, project director of T3C Ligne 15, VINCI Construction Grands Projets 


Question and answer session


Networking Lunch

Digital Tech


Interview: Adapting new technology and innovation to an ageing infrastructure

Adopting technical change and maximising costs and time benefits, in a sector with an ageing infrastructure, space constrains and regulations

Alex Lubbock, manufacturing and technology lead, Infrastructure and Projects Authority 

Boardroom Brief (invite only)

Engaging with the supply chain to make UK a world leader in rail.

How can the industry develop and best utilise its resources to become more efficient in the design and deli very of major programmes?

High Speed Hack

Teams have 10 minutes to present their solution back to the judging panel. The judges will then deliberate the winner before announcing at the end of the day


Digitising UK railways to increase capacity

Examining the benefits and challenges of moving to and on-board signalling system to enhance the efficiency of UK railway lines and what it means for the design of future assets.  


Panel discussion: Harnessing the benefits of having a digital twin for project delivery and management

Sharing insight into the what’s next for the Digital Railway and how a digital twin of assets can improve capacity, upgrades and passenger experience.

Bhupinder Singh, chief product officer, Bentley Systems

​Richard Shennan, digital business development director, Mott MacDonald

Valentina Ion, director government industry EMEA, Microsoft Corporation


Networking and refreshments break

Future Approaches


Improving collaboration to decarbonise UK rail

Hear how the UK plans to decarbonise the railway network by 2040 and what this means for rail infrastructure moving forward.

David Clarke, technical director, Railway Industry Association, Rail Industry Decarbonisation Task Force 


Panel: Improving passenger experience and infrastructure through technology

Discussing how technology can provide a solution to an unsatisfactory passenger experience and what this means for how we plan and deliver projects in the future.

Anthony Smith, chief executive, Transport Focus,

John Sullivan, CIO and project director, Virgin Trains

Simon Moorhead, CIO, Rail Delivery Group


High Speed Hack Review: Winner Announced

Hear how the hackers took on the High-Speed Hack and what the challenges, solutions and outcomes were before the winner is announced. 

16:55 Chair’s closing remarks

Close of Future of Rail 2019

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