Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum

High speed rail in the UK - HS2 and the independent review, delivery practicalities, and policy priorities in the new Parliament

Morning, Tuesday, 10th March 2020

Central London

THIS EVENT IS CPD CERTIFIED


With the new parliament beginning its work, it will be an opportunity for stakeholders and policymakers to consider:

  • The implications of the independent review of the High Speed 2 project following its expected publication;
  • The findings of the HS2 Chairman’s Stocktake - which reviewed the scope, timing, and cost efficiency of the project; and
  • Next steps for Phase 2b (Crewe to Manchester and West Midlands to Leeds) and integrating high speed rail with Northern Powerhouse Rail.

Speakers:

There will be keynote contributions from:

  • Lord Berkeley, Deputy Chair, Independent review of HS2;
  • Nick Bisson, Director, HS2 Phase 2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail, Department for Transport;
  • Sharon Hedges, Franchise Programme Manager, Transport Focus;
  • Stephen Pauling, Head of Rail and HS2, Midlands Connect;
  • Lee-Anne Murray, Director, National Audit Office; and
  • Tim Wood, Northern Powerhouse Rail Director, Transport for the North.

Further confirmed speakers include: Alice Hardiman, RSPB; Dr Mark Raiss, AECOM; Alasdair Reisner, CECA and a senior speaker from Burges Salmon.


The agenda:

  • Key issues arising from the independent review of High Speed 2;
  • Next steps for HS2 - route design, community engagement, and enabling additional capacity in the network;
  • Incorporating the views of passengers from the design stage through to operation;
  • Addressing the practicalities of delivering high speed rail - engineering, environmental impact, and supply chain resource management;
  • The outlook for Phase 2b - integration into the wider transport network, supporting economic growth, and delivering cost-efficient sustainable infrastructure:
    • Integrating High Speed Rail with Northern Powerhouse Rail;
    • Supporting and sustaining regional growth; and
    • Ensuring value for money in the delivery of HS2.
  • The future direction of High Speed Rail in the UK.

Engagement with policy officials at this conference

This Westminster Energy, Environment and Transport Forum conference has attracted strong interest from policymakers. It will be an opportunity for stakeholders to engage with officials who have reserved places representing: the BEIS; Cabinet Office; DfT; DIT; Government Internal Audit Agency; HMRC; NIC; Office of Rail and Road; The Planning Inspectorate and Transport Scotland.



Keynote Speaker

Nick Bisson

Director, HS2 Phase 2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail, Department for Transport

Keynote Speakers

Tim Wood

Northern Powerhouse Rail Director, Transport for the North

Sharon Hedges

Franchise Programme Manager, Transport Focus

Lord Berkeley

Former Deputy Chair, Independent review of HS

Nick Bisson

Director, HS2 Phase 2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail, Department for Transport

Lee-Anne Murray

Director, National Audit Office

Stephen Pauling

Head of Rail and HS2, Midlands Connect

Chair

Chris Loder MP

Speakers

Dr Mark Raiss

Engineering Director, Civil Infrastructure, AECOM

Alasdair Reisner

Chief Executive, CECA

Senior speaker confirmed from Burges Salmon

Alice Hardiman

Head of Policy and Advocacy (England), RSPB