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Next steps for Britain’s rail system - services, infrastructure, modernisation, investment and strategic direction

Morning, Friday, 30th September 2022

This conference is examining next steps for reform of the rail system in Britain.

Areas for discussion include priorities for:

  • improving services and reliability for passengers
  • modernising and managing infrastructure
  • opportunities for innovating and decarbonising the network

It takes place at a key time for the future of the rail network - in the context of the development of the 2023 Periodic Review (PR23), which will determine the level of funding available for infrastructure operations within Control Period 7 (CP7), as well as the development of Great British Railways (GBR).

It will be a timely opportunity to discuss:

  • the transition to Great British Railways
  • progress of CP6, and priorities for CP7 and PR23
  • infrastructure development and priorities for tackling challenges for connectivity
  • modernising rail services, innovation in rail, and attracting investment
  • safety, improving reliability for passengers, providing new choices for the public, and progress in getting passengers back on services post-pandemic
  • policy priorities for the future of the rail network, and its role in supporting economic growth following the publication of the Government’s Levelling Up White Paper

We are pleased to be able to include keynote sessions with Christian Irwin, Rail Investment Centre of Excellence Director; and Liz Thornhill, General Counsel, Office of Rail and Road - as well as contributions from AECOM; Liverpool City Council; London Travel Watch; Mott MacDonald; Oxera; Rail Safety and Standards Board; the Railway Industry Association; and South Western Railway.

The conference will be an opportunity for stakeholders to consider the issues alongside key policy officials who are due to attend from DfT; ORR; BEIS; and the UKSA.

Keynote Speakers

Chris White-Horne

Programme Director, Rail Transformation Programme, Department For Transport

Anit Chandarana

Lead Director, Great British Railways Transition Team

Christian Irwin

Rail Investment Centre of Excellence Director

Liz Thornhill

General Counsel, Office of Rail and Road


Edwin Barker

Technical Director, AECOM

Claire Mann

Managing Director, South Western Railway

George Davies

Director Sustainable Development, Rail Safety and Standards Board

Emma Gibson

Chief Executive, London Travel Watch

Councillor Liam Robinson

Transport Portfolio Holder, Liverpool City Council

Lola Isabel Damstra

Consultant, Oxera

Anna Delvecchio

Development Director, Transportation UK & Europe, Mott MacDonald

Richard Carr

Business Engagement Manager, RIA North