Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum

Next steps for the UK's railway infrastructure

Morning, Thursday, 1st March 2018

Hallam Conference Centre, 44 Hallam Street, London W1W 6JJ


This conference assesses next steps for UK rail infrastructure management and development - and the policy and regulatory environment for future expansion and network modernisation.                                                       

Delegates will discuss the outlook for major project delivery and the pipeline for new schemes to upgrade and extend the network - with proposals put forward for Phase 2 of HS2, the announcement of £300 million in extra spending to improve rail links between Northern cities, and the Government setting out the public funds available in Control Period 6.

They will also consider opportunities for the modernisation of the British rail system, following announcements in the Industrial Strategy and Autumn Budget - including key priorities for freight and digital infrastructure.

Further sessions will examine key findings from the Transport Select Committee’s inquiry into the current system of planning and delivering investment in rail infrastructure, as well as the potential impact of reforms announced by Network Rail aimed at opening up involvement for more companies in infrastructure investment and delivery.

There will also be discussion on the challenges for securing the domestic supply chain and skills base into the future, and for balancing the priorities of the range of rail users and other stakeholders - including the investment in infrastructure needed to support passenger development, promote economic growth and address environmental concerns.

Guest of Honour

Mark Carne

Chief Executive, Network Rail

Guest of Honour

Mark Carne

Chief Executive, Network Rail

Keynote Speakers

Gregor Craig

President and Chief Executive, Skanska UK

Neil Robertson

Chief Executive, National Skills Academy for Rail

Jeremy Long

Chief Executive Officer, European Business, MTR Corporation

Joanna Whittington

Chief Executive, Office of Rail and Road


Baroness Randerson

Liberal Democrat Lords Spokesperson for Transport

Lilian Greenwood MP

Chair, House of Commons Transport Select Committee


Lindsay Durham

Head of Rail Strategy, Freightliner Group

Robert Eaton

Head of Planning, Transport and Strategy, Birmingham Airport

Nigel Doar

Director of Strategy, The Wildlife Trusts

Chris Page

Chairman, Railfuture