Grayling, McDonald and many more confirmed for RIA Annual Conference

29 June 2018

The Railway Industry Association (RIA) has launched its Annual Conference to be held at the London Landmark Hotel on 22 October. The Conference will see a number of high profile industry leaders speak, including:

  • Transport Secretary Chris Grayling MP
  • Shadow Transport Secretary Andy McDonald MP
  • National Infrastructure Commission Chair Sir John Armitt
  • Crossrail Chairman Sir Terry Morgan
  • HS2 Ltd Chief Executive Mark Thurston
  • Transport for the North Chief Executive Barry White
  • Siemens Mobility Chief Executive and RSG Chairman Gordon Wakeford
  • Balfour Beatty Rail Managing Director Mark Bullock
  • Movement Strategies Managing Director and RIA SME Group Chair Simon Babes
  • Rail Freight Group Executive Director Maggie Simpson
  • Transport Times Chief Executive David Begg (moderator)
  • And more to be announced!

This year’s Conference focuses on the theme of “Growing a sustainable rail industry in uncertain times”. With the UK preparing to leave the EU in March 2019, a new Control Period approaching and Government’s challenge to decarbonise and digitalise, it is a crucial time for the sector. 

For the rail industry, navigating the risks and opportunities these changes bring will be vital in ensuring businesses can continue to grow and develop. The Conference will look at the challenges and opportunities the sector will face in the coming years and what the industry can do to succeed and develop as the political and industry landscape changes.

Darren Caplan, Chief Executive of the Railway Industry Association, said: 

“This year’s Annual Conference takes place at a pivotal time for the rail industry. Companies are preparing for a new Control Period in 2019, for more devolved transport decision making, for a number of major projects, like Crossrail, HS2, Northern Powerhouse Rail and Crossrail 2, currently in the pipeline, and of course for life outside the European Union. It is therefore exciting to have such a great line up of speakers to set out and discuss what these changes mean to the industry, and to consider what we can do to grow UK rail sustainably in what are clearly uncertain times, presenting both challenges and opportunities. We look forward to seeing key rail players there, for what promises to be a fantastic event!”

The Conference is being held in partnership with LPA Group and Colas Rail.

Notes to Editors

  1. More information about the Conference can be found here
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