UKRRIN: Using existing and future test facilities
10:00 – 10:30
Join representatives from the four UKRRIN Centres of Excellence to find out how existing and future test facilities can be used to validate products and concepts.
Simon Iwnicki, University of Huddersfield
Rod Anderson, University of Southampton
Principle Engineer for RIDC (Rail Innnovation & Development Centre)
Keynote from Secretary of State
10:30 – 10:45
Keynote: Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP
Secretary of State for Transport
CECA: Delivering railway projects while putting the passengers first
The contractor’s perspective
11:00 – 11:30
In its response to the Williams Rail Review which was established to recommend the most appropriate organisational and commercial frameworks to deliver the Government’s vision, CECA called for the principles of collaboration to also encompass those carrying out construction activity on the railway. Looking at railway projects carried out on the mainline, the most successful of these are generally supported by a collaborative relationship between operators, Network Rail (Route & Infrastructure Projects) and contractors. Recent examples of this include Waterloo Station Redevelopment, Nottingham Station Remodelling and Derby Station Remodelling; earlier similar projects include Evergreen 1 & 2 which upgraded the Chiltern Route. In these cases, a rational balance between disrupting users and improving the infrastructure was achieved. In parallel, information campaigns have been used to explain to users what will happen and why/ how things will improve.
Innovate UK & DfT: Supporting Innovation in the Supply Chain
Innovate UK will present its approach to innovation in the Rail sector, outlining their funding opportunities and showcasing three “success story” case studies.
Transport Focus: Delivering railway projects while putting the passengers first
The passenger's perspective
11:30 – 12:00
Nina Howe will be continuing the session after Bill Free, followed by a Q&A session with both speakers.
BCRRE/Rail Alliance: Driving Practical Innovation in Rail
With CP6 and HS2 heralding significant investment in the UK’s railways, the BCRRE Rail Alliance will illustrate its unique model for engagement of supply chain innovation with the challenges of the sector’s evolution.
12:00 – 12:30
RSSB: Safety and Supplier Assurance
Rail Forum Midlands: RSD Midlands Pilots
Encouraging growth and collaboration across the supply chain.
12:45 – 13:15
Encouraging growth and collaboration across the supply chain. The Rail Sector Deal (RSD) includes two Midlands based pilots which are being led by Rail Forum Midlands (RFM). This session will explain what the pilots are about, progress to date and how SMEs and supply chain organisations can both get involved and benefit from the work underway.
Chief Executive Officer
Rail Forum Midlands
Department for International Trade - How we can help internationalise your business
13:30 – 14:00
This presentation will focus on rail opportunities around the world and how DIT can help you get involve
Marion Doherty MIE
International Trade Advisor
Department for International Trade
Research and Development with Network Rail
13:45 – 14:45
Professor Andy Doherty, Network Rail’s Chief Technology Officer, will be introducing plans to make a step change in bringing new technology to railway infrastructure. Andy will host snapshots from across Network Rail’s R&D portfolio showcasing a wide range of R&D projects, how the role of the supply chain fits in making these happen and the unprecedented supply chain opportunities to drive the future development and application of technology. Linked to this session you can find information about Network Rails R&D portfolio in the Supply Chain Operations village. Joining Andy are his colleagues from Network Rail.
Chief Technology Officer
Track, Maintenance & Plant Programme Manager
Civils & Sustainability Programme Manager
Head of Strategy Research & Development