Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum

High speed rail in the UK - HS2 and the Oakervee Review, delivery practicalities, and the future direction of government policy


This conference will examine the future for high speed rail in the UK following the Prime Minister’s announcement of the green light to building High Speed 2.

Bringing together stakeholders and policymakers, areas for discussion at this conference include:

  • The implications of the Oakervee Review of HS2;
  • The challenges involved in constructing HS2, following the National Audit Office report on HS2, which raised concerns about the management of risks to value for money;
  • Next steps for Phase 2b (Crewe to Manchester and West Midlands to Leeds), following the Prime Minister’s announcement that there will be an assessment by the NIC into how to integrate HS2 with other rail investments across the North - such as Northern Powerhouse Rail.


There will be keynote contributions from:

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

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

The chairs for this conference are Meg Hillier MP, Chair, Public Accounts Committee and Chris Loder MP.

The agenda:

  • Key issues arising from the Oakervee 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: BEIS; Cabinet Office; DfT; DIT; Government Internal Audit Agency; HMRC; NAO; NIC; Office of Rail and Road; The Planning Inspectorate and Transport Scotland.

Price: £95 PLUS VAT

Shortly after every Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum seminar, a briefing document is produced. This is distributed to all delegates on the day as well as to our policymaker contacts in government, and to stakeholders more widely.

A seminar publication provides a timely record of proceedings, and acts as a guide to the latest thinking on current policy issues for those unable to be at the event.

This publication includes


Contributions from keynotes and panellists, including accompanying slides*
*Subject to approval

Delegate Pack

Information from the day, including delegate list, biographies and agenda


Transcript of questions and comments posed to speakers from attending delegates


Supplementary articles from speakers
and delegates