Three of the biggest names shaping the rail industry headlined the seminar programme in daily keynote addresses.
Tuesday 12th April, 11:40am
Claire Perry MP
Under-Secretary of State, Department for Transport
Claire Perry, Conservative MP for Devizes, was first appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Transport in July 2014. Her particular responsibilities at the Department for Transport are rail major projects and growth; rail infrastructure, safety and security; passenger services; strategy, funding and sponsorship; integrated delivery and accessibility as well as rail fares and ticketing.
In her keynote address to Infrarail 2016, Claire Perry talks about the way ahead for rail at a time when the Government’s rail modernisation programme provides a great opportunity for UK suppliers; the need to tackle the skills gaps, gain recognition for rail as a great industry in which to work – and to encourage more UK suppliers to export. At the heart of all of this is the importance of focussing on the end user: the passenger or freight customer.
Wednesday 13th April, 10:30am
Sir Peter Hendy
Chairman, Network Rail
Sir Peter, who was previously commissioner of Transport for London from 2006 until 2015, joined Network Rail just as questions were being asked about the organisation’s ability to deliver its committed level of work by 2019, the end of Control Period 5. The ‘Hendy Report’, reshaping the delivery of Network Rail's five-year investment programme, has now been published. With the ‘Shaw Report’ - looking at the future shape and financing of Network Rail - due in March 2016, there will be plenty of topical news about.
Thursday 14 April, 10:30am
Capital Programmes Director, London Underground
David’s portfolio includes completing the upgrade of the Victoria line, overseeing the ongoing delivery of the upgrade and resignalling of the sub-surface railway, the programme of works to rebuild several key London stations and plans for the ‘New Tube for London’.