Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum Keynote Seminar

10/07/2018

Central London

Next steps for rail services in the UK – investment, modernisation and devolution

Tuesday 10 July 2018 | Central London

with
Joanna Whittington, Chief Executive Officer, Office of Rail and Road
David Waboso, Managing Director, Group Digital Railway, Network Rail
Tim Wood, Northern Powerhouse Rail Director, Transport for the North

and
Darren Caplan, Railway Industry Association; Russell Goodenough, Fujitsu; David Sidebottom, Transport Focus; Maggie Simpson, Rail Freight Group; Ian Tucker, Burges Salmon; Steve Wakeland, ITSO and Mark Whitehouse, Virgin Trains

Chaired by:
Lord Berkeley, Chairman, Rail Freight Group

 

This seminar will provide a timely opportunity to discuss the priorities for rail passenger services across the UK. It is timed to follow the expected publication of the Office of Rail and Road’s draft determination for regulating Network Rail for CP6 and attendees will look at the potential incentives needed to encourage effective performance and delivery.

The agenda includes keynote contributions from Joanna Whittington, Chief Executive Officer, Office of Rail and Road; David Waboso, Managing Director, Group Digital Railway, Network Rail and Tim Wood, Northern Powerhouse Rail Director, Transport for the North.

This conference has attracted a high level of interest from policymakers with places already reserved by senior officials from: DfT; HM Treasury; DexEU; DIT; HMRC; the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government; CCC; NAO; Office of Rail and Road and the Valuation Office Agency.

Delegates will assess the likely impact of the Government’s planned investment into smart ticketing and the challenges for implementing paperless ticketing on UK trains by the beginning of 2019. They will also consider the further steps that might be taken to modernise passenger rail services in light of the launch of Network Rail’s Digital Railway programme – which seeks to improve rail-side signalling and pave the way for the introduction of 5G onto rail services nationwide.

Discussion will also take place on the next steps for franchising system across the UK following the recent termination of the East Coast Mainline.

Planned sessions will look at the priorities for regional governance and management of rail services, with a particular focus on TfN’s proposed plans for Northern Powerhouse Rail to improve connections across the region. Further sessions will discuss the challenges for better meeting the needs of rail passengers – looking at the quality, price, and reliability of rail services, as well as the opportunities to balance freight and passenger services across the network.

Overall, areas for discussion include:
• The future for rail services – key issues for passenger safety and how franchises can better meet consumer needs;
• Further opportunities for the electrification of rail routes and the delivery of the Digital Railway programme;
• Priorities for improving rail connections and accessibility across the network;
• Modernising rail services – including smart ticketing and 5G connectivity; and
• Opportunities for expanding regional transport governance.

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Draft agenda

8.30 – 9.00 Registration and coffee

9.00 – 9.05 Chair’s opening remarks
Lord Berkeley, Chairman, Rail Freight Group

9.05 – 9.15 Rail services in the UK: developments and the policy context
Ian Tucker, Partner, Burges Salmon

9.15 – 9.25 The future for the funding and regulation of rail services
Joanna Whittington, Chief Executive Officer, Office of Rail and Road

9.25 – 9.35 The next steps for the UK’s digital signalling system and further electrification of rail routes
David Waboso, Managing Director, Group Digital Railway, Network Rail

9.35 – 10.00 Questions and comments from the floor

10.00 – 10.30 Developing an intelligent network: smart ticketing, data and online connectivity
Steve Wakeland, Chief Executive Officer, ITSO
Senior representative, digital
Senior representative, data
Questions and comments from the floor

10.30 – 10.35 Chair’s closing remarks
Lord Berkeley, Chairman, Rail Freight Group

10.35 – 10.55 Coffee

10.55 – 11.00 Chair’s opening remarks
Senior Parliamentarian

11.00 – 11.10 Developing customer-focused rail infrastructure and expanding intermodal connectivity
Senior representative, engineering

11.10 – 11.20 Priorities for regional transport governance and improving regional network connections
Tim Wood, Northern Powerhouse Rail Director, Transport for the North

11.20 – 11.30 Opportunities for national economic growth following recent Government investment into rail services
Darren Caplan, Chief Executive, Railway Industry Association

11.30 – 11.45 Questions and comments from the floor

11.45 – 12.30 Priorities for meeting the demands of rail users
With the upcoming UK-wide public consultation on the rules underpinning Britain’s ticketing options and in the context of fare rises what should be the next steps for ensuring value for money across the network? In light of the early termination of the East Coast Mainline franchise contract, calls for re-nationalisation of UK railways, and the awarding of the HS2 contract this year, what are the next steps for the franchise system within the UK? With the publication of Network Rail’s Freight Network Study, how can the UK freight rail sector ensure that it meets the expected future demands of further expansion and increased involvement in nationwide economic growth?
David Sidebottom, Transport User Director, Transport Focus
Maggie Simpson, Executive Director, Rail Freight Group
Russell Goodenough, Client Managing Director, Transport, Fujitsu
Mark Whitehouse, Managing Director, Virgin Trains
Questions and comments from the floor

12.30 – 12.55 The next phase for the Government’s rail strategy
Senior speaker to be announced
Questions and comments from the floor

12.55 – 13.00 Chair’s and Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum closing remarks
Senior Parliamentarian
Michael Ryan, Deputy Editor, Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum

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