Rail in Wales and the West (4th Friday Club)

Date(s) - January 15 2021 - January 29 2021
All Day


  This event will take place online.

Rail in Wales and the West conference celebrates developments across this extensive area which is steeped in railway history. With the exciting plans in the new Wales and Borders franchise and continuing developments on the Western there is much to reflect on and look forward to.


Due to the Covid crisis the Rail in Wales and the West event will be held online. Details of the dates and programme will be confirmed in due course.

Friday 15 January 2021

14.30 Transforming the Great Western – Mark Hopwood CBE, Managing Director, Great Western Railway

14.50 The reliability and sustainability challenge – Stephen McGurk, Chief Commercial Officer, Porterbrook

15.10 MetroWest developments – James White, Principal Transport Officer, West of England Combined Authority

15.30 Close

Friday 22 January 2021

14.30 Improving the Western Route – Mike Gallop, Director, Network Rail Western Route

14.50 A single source of truth for operational control and disruption management – Alex Robertson, Head of Business Development, Tracsis

15.10 Exploiting opportunities for rail freight growth in Wales and the West, Julian Worth, Chair of the CILT Rail Freight Forum

15.30 Close

Friday 29 January 2021

14.30 Rolling stock developments in Wales – Andrew Gainsbury, Rolling Stock Manager, Transport for Wales

14.50 Operational skillsets – Rachel Heath, Council Chair for the Midlands, Institution of Railway Operators

15.10 Public services on heritage railways – Is there a role for heritage railways in meeting the transport needs of Wales and the West of England? – Chris Austin, Secretary, All Party Parliamentary Group on Heritage Rail

15.30 Close

Further details here

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