Rail in the Midlands

Event date



Derby Conference Centre
London Road
DE24 8UX
United Kingdom

Rail in the Midlands

4th Friday Club Event

Sponsored by

Porterbrook Porterbrook


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

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 The English Midlands: the UK’s logistics hub – Julian Worth, Chair of the Rail Freight Forum of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport

11.00 Discussion

11.10 Coffee break

11.40 Speaker to be confirmed

12.00 Coventry Very Light Rail – Nicola Small, Senior Rail Programme Manager, Coventry City Council

12.20 Discussion

12.30 Lunch

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

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

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

15.00 Discussion

15.10 Close