See the lunchtime sessions from Young Rail Professionals and Women in Rail


The opportunity devolved Transport Authorities represent curated by Stephen Joseph, Chief Executive, Campaign for Better Transport

Directly elected mayors and devolved local transport authorities represent a fundamental change in transport policy and funding. What priorities are key to these devolved transport authorities, what strategies do they have in place, and how should rail businesses engage with them?


See Wednesday June 20 sessions


Making Innovation Pay curated by UKRRIN Steering Group

This session will outline the innovation needs of the rail sector, identify the programmes and finance in place to support innovation initiatives, and explain how businesses can access this support.


Welcome to the West Midlands – Cllr Roger Lawrence, Lead Member for Transport for the WMCA and Leader of City of Wolverhampton Council


Welcome and introduction -  Graham Hopkins, Group Director of Safety, Technical and Engineering, Network Rail

Graham will set the context for innovation in the UK rail industry (opportunities and barriers); what the innovation landscape looks like (the RTS, UKRRIN, the CP6 R&D funding etc)


Introduction: what has changed and what does it mean for rail and transport policy and funding? - Stephen Joseph, Chief Executive, Campaign for Better Transport


Why research and innovation matter to the industry – Jo Binstead, Chairman, UKRRIN Steering Group

1045 What objectives and strategies do local authorities have? - Tobyn Hughes, Chairman, Urban Transport Group   1425



UKRRIN’s perspective on research, development and innovation.  What is UKRRIN and why it matters; how UKRRIN will improve and accelerate R&D/I and why this is important; link to Industrial Strategy and to commercial challenges -

Clive Roberts, Director of the Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education and Simon Iwnicki, Professor of Railway Engineering, University of Huddersfield



A specific example/case study of a local authority – Malcolm Holmes, Director, West Midlands Rail


The programmes and finance in place to support innovation and how businesses can access this - Luisa Moisio, R&D Programme Director, RSSB

What does all of this mean for industry, especially SMEs?  How can you access support and assistance; how can UKRRIN etc help industry.

1115 Practical steps that rail businesses can take to engage in this opportunity - Jan Chaudhry-van der Velde, Managing Director, West Midlands Trains   1455

Q&A with additional speakers

Ian Prosser, Chief Inspector of Railways, ORR, William Powrie, Professor of Geotechnical Engineering, University of Southampton, Jo Binstead and Luisa Moisio

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