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.


10.00 Introduction from the chair, Jonathan Chatfield

10.05 The role of railways in a devolution strategy – Andy Burnham, Mayor of Manchester

10.25 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

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

11.05 Reshaping the rolling stock fleet for a decarbonised future – Ben Ackroyd, Chief Operating Officer, Porterbrook  

11.25 Discussion

11.35 Coffee break

12.05 21st century S&T – representative of Thales

12.25 Joining communities across the Pennines – Chris Nutton, Major Projects Director, TransPennine Express

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

13.05 Discussion

13.15 Lunch

14.40 Safety concerns – representative of RSSB

15.00 Consultancy expertise – Andrew Dugdale, Rail Director, Mott MacDonald

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 Discussion

16.10 Irlam station: a restoration marvel – a representative of the Hamilton Davies Trust

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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