Rail in the Midlands

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Derby Conference Centre
London Road
DE24 8UX
United Kingdom

Rail in the Midlands

4th Friday Club Event

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It is an exciting time for Rail in the Midlands, with new franchises in place for both the East and West Midlands and new rolling stock on order, combined with infrastructure developments taking place across the region.

This is a key moment for the lynchpin of the country’s rail network. Attend our Rail in the Midlands conference and learn about:
• Devolution of responsibilities
• Investment in the network
• Passenger service improvements


09.55 Introduction from the Chair – Ian Walmsley, Modern Railways contributor

10.00 Investment in East Midlands rail infrastructure – Gary Walsh, East Midlands Route MD, Network Rail

10.20 Investment at East Midlands Railway – Simon Pready, Commercial Director, East Midlands Railway

10.40 Luminate Traffic Management, Gavin Panter, International Business Development Director, Resonate

11.00 Discussion

11.10 Coffee break

11.40 Speaker to be confirmed

12.00 Coventry Very Light Rail – Colin Knight, Director of Transportation and Highways, Coventry City Council (invited)

12.20 The English Midlands: the UK’s logistics hub – John Bailey, Managing Director, Intermodal and Terminals, Maritime Transport (invited)

12.40 Discussion

12.50 Lunch

14.20 Upholding service standards in the wake of the pandemic – Darren Ward, Operations Director, West Midlands Trains

14.40 Litchurch Lane: a factory at the heart of the Midlands rail supply industry – Mike Hulme, Site Managing Director, Alstom

15.00 Enhancing the Shrewsbury corridor –Tawhida Yaacoub, Senior Rail Programme Manager, Midlands Connect

15.20 Discussion

15.30 Close