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Modern Railways EXPO is the place to discuss the latest developments at the Future of Britain’s Railways Conference. Sessions will cover a variety of topical themes. They will be supplemented by presentations and panel discussions with Network Rail departments - for more information see here.

Modern Railways Expo 2022 Line up

2023 line up to be confirmed, for a flavour of the event please see last years line up below.

Tuesday 22 November

10.30 to 11.30: Rail Reform

Focusing on the future structure and prospects for the industry, this session will be chaired by Jonathan Chatfield, Head of Policy at the Rail Delivery Group. The programme is as follows:

10.30: Anit Chandarana – Lead Director, Great British Railways Transition Team

10.45: John Thomas – Head of Policy, Rail Partners

11.00: Kelly Parish – Strategic Account Director, Mitie

11.15: Discussion


14.30 to 16.00: Train Service Delivery

Sponsored by Resonate, this session will focus on the key operational tools needed to run an efficient, reliable railway. It will be chaired by Modern Railways Editor Philip Sherratt, and the programme is as follows:

14.30: Anna Ince – CEO, Resonate

14.40: Tom Desmond – Head of Operations Strategy & People Capability, Network Rail

15.00: David Davidson – Interim Western Route Director, Network Rail

15.20: Andy Jones – Operations Consultant

15.40: Discussion


Wednesday 23 November

10.30 to 12.00: Growing rail revenue

Chaired by Transport Focus Senior Stakeholder Manager Sharon Hedges, this session will focus on the rebuilding of passenger revenue in a post-pandemic world and the associated issues of fares and ticketing reform. The programme is as follows:

10.30: Introduction from the Chair: Sharon Hedges – Senior Stakeholder Manager, Transport Focus

10.35: Suzanne Donnelly – Director, Passenger Revenue, Great British Railways Transition Team

10.50: Stuart Jones – Commercial Director, Lumo

11.05: Alistair Lees – Chair, Independent Rail Retailers

11.20: Panel discussion with speakers and Mark Smith, Founder, The Man in Seat 61 website and Roger French, Transport Commentator.


14.30 to 15.30: Meet the Editor

Modern Railways Editor Philip Sherratt will give a presentation about the history of the magazine in its 60th anniversary year, and offer some thoughts about the current state of the industry. He will then take questions from the audience.