FRINGE EVENTS - HOW TO SUSTAIN THE GROWTH IN RAIL TRAVEL

2ND - 10TH OCTOBER 2012

OVERVIEW

2012 sees Transport Times collaborating with Siemens and Keolis UK on dynamic rail policy fringe events at all three main political party conferences. All fringe events are free of charge and are located outside the secure zone so attendees will not require a pass to attend. Refreshments will be served.

These events will discuss how the UK’s Passenger and Freight Train Operating Companies and Network Rail can work together to deliver the lower cost and more efficient rail network envisaged by the McNulty Study which it concluded are key to producing a higher performing and sustainable railway network for rail users and taxpayers.

This reform needs to be achieved alongside the capacity expansion that the government has put up funding for as well as high service quality for passengers.

Franchising has recently been overhauled by government, regulation of ticket retailing and transparency of scheduling data are both now in its sights and alliances between partners (such as the Wessex franchise model) is being driven forward. However, the momentum on High Speed Rail has somewhat slowed.

The session will discuss what this new vision for rail means for all those involved in progressing the UK’s railways.


Liberal Democrat
Tue 25 Sept, 13:00-14:00 Thistle Hotel, Renaissance North Room, King's Road, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 2GS

Speakers:

The Rt Hon Norman Baker MP, Under Secretary of State for Transport;
Jim Steer (Chair), Director and Founder, Steer Davies Gleave;
Steve Scrimshaw, Managing Director, Siemens Rail Systems;
David Brown, Group Chief Executive, Go-Ahead


Labour

Tue 2 Oct, 13:00-14:00 The Radisson, Stanley/Livingstone Suite, Free Trade Hall, Peter Street, Manchester, M2 5GP

Speakers:

John Woodcock MP, Shadow Transport Minister;
Brian Simpson MEP, Chair, European Transport Parliament Committee;
Prof David Begg (Chair), Chief Executive, Transport Times;
Steve Scrimshaw, Managing Director, Siemens Rail Systems;
David Franks, Rail Director, Keolis UK


Conservative
Tue 9 Oct, 13:00-14:00 Jurys Inn, Room 114, 245 Broad Street, Birmingham, B1 2HQ

Speakers:

The Rt Hon Patrick McLoughlin MP, Secretary of State for Transport;
Prof David Begg (Chair), Chief Executive, Transport Times;
Steve Scrimshaw, Managing Director, Siemens Rail Systems;
Alistair Gordon, Chief Executive, Keolis UK

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