Infrarail 2018

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Feature Areas & Associated Events

Infrarail 2018 offers a great variety of feature areas and associated events, which are open to all visitors.

For the first time, Infrarail will be able to offer CPD accreditation for its extensive educational programme. Attendees will be scanned into our free sessions on a wide array of topics and can then claim points towards their Continuing Professional Development.

Keynote Speakers

Tuesday 1st May 2018, 11:50 am, Seminar Theatre

Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP
Secretary of State for Transport

Tuesday 1st May 2018, 13:50 pm, Knowledge Hub

David Waboso
Managing Director of Digital Railway, Network Rail

David is an internationally renowned engineer and project manager who has worked for some of the world’s most prestigious engineering and consulting firms on infrastructure programmes in the UK and internationally. A Chartered Engineer, he is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers, a Fellow of the Institution of Railway Signal Engineers, a Fellow of the Association for Project Management, and also holds a Fellowship to the City and Guilds Institute.

David is currently Managing Director, Group Digital Railway at Network Rail, where he has accountability for leading the industry’s Digital Railway programme - a rail industry initiative to accelerate the deployment of digital signalling and train control to improve capacity, reliability and provide better connections for customers. David also oversees Network Rail’s Asset Information services and transformation programme (ORBIS), as well as its telecoms function, which provides critical enabling services to Network Rail and to the Digital Railway programme.

He has a passion for the training and education of engineers and project managers as well as the communication of the wider importance of infrastructure to human advancement. He has served on committees for the teaching of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) subjects in our schools, speaks and writes regularly on these matters, and promotes opportunities for people of all backgrounds to realise their full potential. He was recently awarded a CBE for services to transport in London and was named as Leader of the Year in the Manufacturing and Infrastructure section of the Black British Business Awards on 2 October 2014.

In 2015 David accepted the role of President of the Association for Project Management (APM), the largest professional body of its kind in Europe, where he will champion the APM’s commitment to advance project and programme management across the country.

Thursday 3rd May, 10:30 am, Seminar Theatre

Paul Griffiths
Managing Director - Phase 2 at High Speed Two (HS2) Ltd

Paul Griffiths joined High Speed Two (HS2) as Phase 2b Director in June 2015 and took on the role of Managing Director - Phase Two in September 2017. As such, he is responsible for the development of Phase Two of High Speed Two (HS2) which runs from Crewe to Manchester and the West Midlands to Leeds.

Paul has almost 30 years of experience in project and programme management, largely in the transportation and infrastructure sectors. He worked in public transport with Director roles at Centro (now part of the West Midlands combined authority) and at GMPTE (now Transport for Greater Manchester), focussing on the development and delivery of major transport infrastructure including Midland Metro and Manchester Metrolink as well as rail and bus rapid transit programmes. Prior to this, Paul’s career included roles in programme management consultancy and engineering.

Paul has a first class degree in Civil Engineering from Salford University, Manchester and an MBA from the University of Leeds. A Chartered Engineer, he is a member of the Association for Project Management and the Institute of Management.

Thursday 3rd May, 13:10 pm, Knowledge Hub

Paul Plummer
Chief Executive, Rail Delivery Group (RDG)

Paul took up his role as Chief Executive of the Rail Delivery Group (RDG) in November 2015. He began working in the railway sector in 1999 when he became Chief Economist and Director of Economics and Finance at the Office of Rail Regulation. He went on to join Network Rail in 2002, and in 2008 he was appointed to the Network Rail Board as an Executive Director and Group Strategy Director at Network Rail Infrastructure Limited. In 2011, he became one of two Network Rail members of the RDG.

Knowledge Hub

For the first time at Infrarail, we will have a Knowledge Hub on the show floor - a dedicated educational theatre offering a busy programme of Project Updates and Industry Briefings throughout the exhibition, hosted by the Railway Industry Association.

The Knowledge Hub will also have a daily Keynote Address by an industry-leading speaker as well as 'The Platform': an RTM-led panel discussion dealing with pressing issues concerning the wider industry.

A complete programme of events in our Knowledge Hub will be available here nearer the show.

The Platform


Our daily Platform sessions, organised by RTM, offer our delegates the perfect opportunity to discuss pressing matters with industry representatives.

Tuesday 1st May 2018, 13:50 pm

Diversity, Equality and Inclusion

These are three very powerful tools that help us improve our performance and create a high-performing culture. Join us for a live discussion on the importance of EDI to the rail industry and its benefits to your organisations and its people.

Wednesday 2nd May 2018, 14:30 pm

Digital Railway

A live discussion on what’s next for the Digital Railway and how being a digital disrupter is exactly what the industry needs.

Thursday 3rd May 2018, 13:10 pm


With better than anticipated funding for CP6 RTM discusses the customer’s needs and how are they aligned with the expectations of the supply chain.

Seminar Theatre

The Rail Engineer is hosting a programme of keynote addresses by leading influential figures as well as seminars by representatives of companies taking part in Infrarail, highlighting recent developments and innovations in technology. Speakers will be listed here nearer the time the show opens.

The CITE Hub

Companies specialising in products and services for the civil infrastructure technology sector extending beyond and interconnected with rail will be exhibiting in a dedicated area within Infrarail – the CITE Hub. The CITE Hub will feature companies supplying construction products and services, contracting skills, geotechnical expertise, tunnelling, and road infrastructure requirements plus the equipment, materials and products needed to complete large projects.

For further details about the CITE Hub or to book your stand, please contact Natalie Parker on email: or phone: +44 (0)1727 814400

The Rail Alliance Hub

Members of the Rail Alliance are able to book their stand space within the dedicated RA Hub at Infrarail 2018, offering added exposure onsite and additional free promotion in the run up to the show. An Exhibitor List for the Rail Alliance Hub will be added here nearer the time the show opens.

Contact us today to book your space within the Rail Alliance Hub at Infrarail 2018.

The Track

Sponsored by British Steel, our Track display area allows exhibitors to showcase their track products in-situ. An Exhibitor List for The Track will be added here nearer the time.

There is limited availability for this feature, so we advise all interested exhibitors to book early in order to avoid disappointment.

The Plant & Machinery Zone

Exhibitors wishing to display heavy plant and machinery at Infrarail 2018 can do so at a preferential rate for bigger areas within the Plant & Machinery Zone. Exhibitors will be featured here nearer the time.

Contact us today to book your space within the Plant & Machinery Zone at Infrarail 2018.

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