Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum

UK rail infrastructure - finance, delivering CP6 and the impact of the Williams Rail Review

Morning, Friday, 15th November 2019

Central London


This conference focuses on the next steps for UK rail Infrastructure - with sessions discussing delivery priorities, the impact of changes to the relationship between train and track and priorities for rail users.

The Delivery Plan for CP6 includes plans to spend £42bn over the next five years on maintaining and renewing the railway with the aim of increasing reliability and improving performance.

Delegates will discuss the challenges for meeting the priorities set out in the plan and whether enough is being done to support the industry to deliver CP6 through the Rail Sector Deal - which puts forward the Government’s approach to the rail industry supply chain, and boosting skills in the sector.

With the Delivery Plan committing to putting passengers and freight users first - sessions will provide an opportunity to assess what more can be done to deliver improvements in capacity, reliability and efficiency and will include a case study on developing an integrated passenger focused rail network.

With the Williams Rail Review due to report its findings later this year, this conference will be an opportunity for stakeholders and policymakers to assess the implications of any recommendations on the future role of Network Rail, the rail franchising model and future rail infrastructure investment.

Sessions examine the wider delivery and financing challenges for major rail projects and what can be learnt from major projects to date - such as Crossrail - in terms of project delivery, cost and expectation management with the Government’s National Infrastructure Strategy due out later this year.

Attendees will also discuss how best to use significant rail projects - including HS2 - to spur wider network development across the UK and the impact of plans to deepen devolution by developing a new operating model formed of 13 routes organised into five Network Rail regions.


Keynote Speaker

Rob McIntosh

Regional Managing Director, Eastern, Network Rail

Keynote Speaker

Rob McIntosh

Regional Managing Director, Eastern, Network Rail


Lord Liddle


Johnny Schute

Chief Operating Officer, Rail Safety and Standards Board

Robert Cook

Head of Strategic Projects, Office of Rail and Road

Brioney Thomas

Partner and Head of Rail, Burges Salmon

Alex Veitch

Head of Multimodal Policy, Freight Transport Association

Councillor Liam Robinson

Chair, Transport Committee and Transport Portfolio Holder, Liverpool City Region Combined Authority and Chair, Merseytravel

Neil Robertson

Chief Executive, National Skills Academy for Rail

Darren Caplan

Chief Executive, Rail Industry Association

Shamit Gaiger

Director, Strategic Advisory, AECOM