Holmes and Panter complete RVE conference line-up

West Midlands Rail Executive’s Executive Director Malcolm Holmes and Resonate’s International Business Development Director Gavin Panter have joined the line-up for the Rail in the Midlands conference at Modern Railways RVE on Thursday 4 November in Derby.

They join a schedule of senior speakers who will discuss topical developments on the Midlands rail scene. The conference, organised by the Modern Railways Fourth Friday Club, is free to attend as part of Modern Railways RVE, although prior registration is strongly encouraged at www.rve-expo.co.uk.

Malcolm Holmes heads up WMRE, which is co-manager of the West Midlands element of the West Midlands Trains franchise alongside the Department for Transport; he is also Director of Rail at Transport for West Midlands. As well as its devolved responsibility for the franchise, WMRE is leading on a range of rail projects across the conurbation, including the opening of new stations, restoration of local passenger services on the Camp Hill line and the rebuilding of Perry Barr and University stations.

Gavin Panter joined Resonate from Chiltern Railways to develop the company’s future Traffic Management Strategy. Following on from his presentation at the Rail in the North of England conference in September, he will provide an update on the latest developments with Resonate’s Luminate Traffic Management System, including the recent introduction of Crew & Stock on the Western and the improvement in performance this latest addition is delivering.

They join a line-up of top level speakers which also includes the Managing Directors of CrossCountry, East Midlands Railway and West Midlands Trains, Network Rail’s Tim Shoveller, Midlands Connect’s Head of Rail Karen Heppenstall, Tarmac’s Head of Rail Chris Swan and Rail Operations (UK) Ltd CEO Karl Watts. The conference will provide comprehensive coverage of developments with passenger, freight and infrastructure as well as the regional growth agenda.

Other attractions at the show include the exhibition, showcasing companies from across the rolling stock sector, and the RVE BigIdea supplier engagement activity organised by Rail Forum Midlands.

Attendance at Modern Railways RVE is free of charge, but please register in advance at www.rve-expo.co.uk.