Rail in the North of England

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Science and Industry Museum
Liverpool Road
M3 4FP
United Kingdom

Rail in the North of England

4th Friday Club Event

Sponsored By

Porterbrook     Thales     RSSB     Mott MacDonald


Now established as an annual fixture, the Northern Rail Conference celebrates progress in the modernisation and improvement of the railways of the North of England.

To enquire about attendance or for sponsorship opportunities please contact David Lane on 07795 031051 or e-mail david.lane@keypublishing.com.


Chaired by Jonathan Chatfield, Head of Policy (Freight and Stations), Rail Delivery Group

10.00 DfT’s plan for the railways of the North of England – Nick Bisson, Director, Integrated Rail Plan and Northern Powerhouse Rail, Rail Infrastructure Group, Department for Transport

10.20 Improving operations at Northern – Tricia Williams, Chief Operating Officer, Northern Trains Ltd

10.40 Reshaping rolling stock fleets for a decarbonised future – Ben Ackroyd, Chief Operating Officer, Porterbrook

11.00 Discussion

11.10 Coffee break

11.40 Enabling rail in the north through digital technology – Andrew Hunter, Head of Technical Solutions, Thales GTS

12.00 Supporting safe and economic rail operation and development in the North –Tom Lee, Director of Standards, RSSB

12.20 Investing in rail in the Liverpool City Region – David Powell, Programme Director - Rolling Stock, Liverpool City Region Combined Authority

12.40 Transport planning with devolved government – Vernon Everitt, Transport Commissioner for the Mayor of Manchester

13.00 Discussion

13.10 Lunch

14.30 Joining communities across the Pennines – Fiona Cane, Head of TRU Delivery Partnership, TransPennine Express

14.50 Striking the right chord – why a long-term rail strategy is key to the UK economy – Andrew Dugdale, Rail Director, Mott MacDonald

15.10 Discussion

15.20 Rail infrastructure in the North West – David Golding, Passenger Strategy Director, North West & Central Region, Network Rail

15.40 Sorting out the Oxford Road corridor – Richard Harper, Associate Director, Steer

16.00 Irlam station: a restoration marvel – Julie Thompson, Consultant, General Manager and Kirsty Martin, Arts & Heritage Project Manager, Hamilton Davies Trust

16.10 Discussion

16.20 Conference closes

Optional tour of Irlam station and social networking in Irlam station bar.

Walk from Science & Industry Museum to Deansgate and take 16.48 off Deansgate, into Irlam at 17.01

Programme subject to change

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