Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum

Next steps for rail services in the UK - investment, modernisation and devolution

Morning, Tuesday, 10th July 2018

Central London


This seminar will provide a timely opportunity to discuss the priorities for rail passenger services across the UK.

It is timed to follow the expected publication of the Office of Rail and Road’s draft determination for regulating Network Rail for CP6 and attendees will look at the potential incentives needed to encourage effective performance and delivery.

Delegates will assess the likely impact of the Government’s planned investment into smart ticketing and the challenges for implementing paperless ticketing on UK trains by the beginning of 2019. They will also consider the further steps that might be taken to modernise passenger rail services in light of the launch of Network Rail’s Digital Railway programme - which seeks to improve rail-side signalling and pave the way for the introduction of 5G onto rail services nationwide.

Discussion will also take place on the next steps for franchising system across the UK following the recent termination of the East Coast Mainline.

Planned sessions will look at the priorities for regional governance and management of rail services, with a particular focus on TfN’s proposed plans for Northern Powerhouse Rail to improve connections across the region. Further sessions will discuss the challenges for better meeting the needs of rail passengers - looking at the quality, price, and reliability of rail services, as well as the opportunities to balance freight and passenger services across the network.

Guest of Honour

Joanna Whittington

Chief Executive Officer, Office of Rail and Road

Guest of Honour

Joanna Whittington

Chief Executive Officer, Office of Rail and Road

Keynote Speakers

David Waboso

Managing Director, Group Digital Railway, Network Rail

Tim Wood

Northern Powerhouse Rail Director, Transport for the North

Darren Caplan

Chief Executive, Railway Industry Association


Lord Berkeley

Chairman, Rail Freight Group


David Sidebottom

Transport User Director, Transport Focus

Maggie Simpson

Executive Director, Rail Freight Group

Russell Goodenough

Client Managing Director, Transport, Fujitsu

Mark Whitehouse

Managing Director, Virgin Trains

Ian Tucker

Partner, Burges Salmon

Steve Wakeland

Chief Executive Officer, ITSO

Brendan O'Reilly

Chief Technology Officer

Rebeka Sellick

Director, SellickRail