Rail in the Midlands conference at Modern Railways RVE

Visitors to Modern Railways RVE 2021 will be able to learn about developments on the rail network in the Midlands region. Sponsored by Porterbrook and Resonate, the Fourth Friday Club’s Rail in the Midlands conference will be held as part of Modern Railways RVE, meaning visitors to the exhibition will enjoy the added benefit of free attendance at a leading regional conference. Fourth Friday Club members will benefit from visiting the exhibition, in addition to the usual networking opportunities.

Conference schedule

09.55 – 10.00 Introduction from the Chair, Ian Walmsley, Modern Railways contributor

10.00 – 10.20 Building back the Midlands economy with transport – Karen Heppenstall, Head of Rail, Midlands Connect

10.20 – 10.40 Investment at East Midlands Railway – Will Rogers, Managing Director, East Midlands Railway

10.40 – 11.00 Luminate Traffic Management, Gavin Panter, Customer Engagement Director, Resonate

11.00 – 11.10 Discussion

11.10 – 11.40 Coffee break

11.40 – noon West Midlands issues – Malcolm Holmes, Executive Director, West Midlands Rail Executive

Noon – 12.20 Freight future: low carbon, high speed – Karl Watts, Chief Executive Officer, Rail Operations (UK) Ltd

12.20 – 12.40 Midlands rail freight case study: aggregates – Chris Swan, Head of Rail, Tarmac

12.40 – 12.50 Discussion

12.50 – Lunch and visit to exhibition

14.20 – 14.40 The way forward at West Midlands Trains – Julian Edwards, Managing Director, West Midlands Trains

14.40 – 15.00 Rail infrastructure for the Midlands – Tim Shoveller, Managing Director, North West and Central Region, Network Rail

15.00 – 15.20 CrossCountry in the Midlands – Tom Joyner, Managing Director, CrossCountry

15.20 – 15.30 Discussion

15.30 Visit to exhibition

16.00 Close