Railtex 2021

Joining forces to shape the future of UK rail

7 - 9 September 2021 | NEC, Birmingham

Infrarail 2021

Future Focus Conference

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Organised by the Railway Industry Association (RIA), the Future Focus Conference is a three-day feature at the Railtex / Infrarail 2021 rail show.
The events will cover some of the key challenges and opportunities that the UK rail industry will face in the years to come, and bring together political leaders, client and major project leads and the supply chain.

It will offer insights and discussions around four main themes:

  • Growth: rail can be a catalyst for economic growth, how do we ensure it is supporting investment, jobs and GDP?
  • Geography: how do we ensure rail reaches and benefits all corners of the UK?
  • Green: rail will be essential to meet our decarbonisation goals. How can clients and the supply chain work together to decarbonise the network even further?
  • Global: across the world, nations are investing in rail infrastructure. It is a truly global market, which the UK – as the home of the railways – should be at the centre of. What opportunities are there for the UK and where do our strengths lie?

Conference Programme

Tuesday, 7th September 2021

10:45 am

Railtex / Infrarail 2021 & Conference Opening Ceremony

11:00 am

Minister Speech + Q&A

11:45 am

GROWTH & GEOGRAPHY Panel Discussion and Q&A

  • William/Shapps Review
  • Devolution and levelling up

 

12:15 pm

EDI & Innovation: workshop style session

14:00 pm

GREEN Keynote and Q&A

Decarbonising for a green future
Speaker: George Davis, Sustainability Director, RSSB

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14:45 pm

GREEN Panel Discussion and Q&A

Topics to cover:

  • Electrification
  • Hydrogen
  • Decarbonisation strategy for Rolling Stock and Infrastructure

Speakers:

Helen Mcallister, Strategy and Planning Director, Network Rail

Noel Dolphin, Head of UK Projects, Furrer+Frey

Mike Muldoon, Head Of Business Development UK & Ireland, Alstom

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Wednesday, 8th September 2021

10:30 am

GLOBAL Keynote and Q&A

Graham Stuart MP, Minister for Exports

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11:00 am

GLOBAL Panel Discussion and Q&A

Topics to cover:

  • Free trade Agreements
  • Decarbonisation
  • Export strategies and help available for UK supply chain
12:00 pm

From UK to the world Panel discussion and Q&A

How R&D innovation drives global competitivenes

Speakers:

Luisa Moiso, Director of Research and Development, RSSB

Robert Ampomah, Chief Technology Officer, Network Rail

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14:00 pm

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Panel discussion and Q&A

14:45 pm

GEOGRAPHY Panel Discussion and Q&A

Rail, people and places - Levelling up

Thursday, 9th September 2021

10:30 am

Minister Keynote and Q&A

11:15 am

GROWTH Panel Discussion and Q&A: Major Projects