Railtex speaker programme takes shape

With just two months to go until Railtex 2015 opens its doors at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham, plans are rapidly taking shape for the high-profile programme of activities that will form a key part of the event. Participants in these include leading figures offering informed insights into future rail industry policies and trends.

The formal opening of the exhibition on 12 May will be performed by Network Rail Chairman Richard Parry-Jones. On the same day Professor Parry-Jones will also deliver a keynote speech as part of the Industry Seminars programme which runs throughout Railtex.

Keynote speaker in this programme on Day 2 of the show will be Terence Watson, UK President of Alstom and co-chairman of the Rail Supply Group. The RSG is leading development of the recently launched Government-backed Rail Supply Chain Industrial Strategy aimed at fully exploiting opportunities for suppliers in this growing sector. On the third day of Railtex, keynote speaker at the Industry Seminars will be Tim Shoveller, Managing Director of the South West Trains-Network Rail Alliance, launched in 2012 to deliver better performance by services on busy routes out of London’s Waterloo station through close co-ordination of train operations and infrastructure management.

The Industry Seminars programme will be hosted by The Rail Engineer industry journal.

Sessions will be open to everyone present at Railtex, free of charge and with no advance booking. Industry leaders will also be speaking at the Knowledge Hub, another area at the show where seminars and keynote addresses will take place. They include Richard Price, Chief Executive at the Office of Rail Regulation, and Jeremy Long, European CEO of MTR Corporation. MTR was selected last year to run the London’s Crossrail services under a contract worth £1.4 billion.

Located in the main exhibition hall, the Knowledge Hub will additionally be the venue

for the Project Updates programme detailing progress on current UK rail schemes, and

for The Platform, a series of open discussion forums on topical industry themes.

Registration to visit Railtex is now open Pre-registration to visit Railtex 2015 free of charge is now open via www.railtex.co.uk.

Registering ahead of the show avoids payment of a £20 entry fee on the door and gives quicker access to the exhibition. Railtex 2015 takes place from 12 to 14 May in Halls 3 and 3a at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham. More than 300 companies have already booked stand space at the

event, with demand running at its highest level ever.

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