The DDRF hosted a visit to Derby on Friday by Permanent Secretary, Philip Rutnam, who is the most senior civil servant in the Department for Transport.

The Permanent Secretary also brought a number of DfT non-Executives on his fact finding visit which included tours of Railway Vehicle Engineering Limited (RVEL), EMT’s Etches Park Depot and meetings with the DDRF Executive and Porterbrook directors.

The Permanent Secretary tweeted the following after his visit: https://twitter.com/PhilipRutnam

Great visit this morning to @EMTrains cab ride London to Derby to see line upgrade 125mph & great train availability achieved at Etches Pk.

Stayed Derby to meet world’s greatest cluster rail supply chain, like expert engineering firm RVEL, Derby & Derbys Rail Forum, Porterbrook

Top photo (left to right) of Andy Houghton, RVEL Production Director, explaining an engineering project to Philip Rutnam, DfT Permanent Secretary, at the company’s RTC workshops in Derby.

Photo bottom (left to right) Philip rutnam, DfT Permanent Secretary outside Derby Train Station with David Horne, East Midlands Trains Managing Director.

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