RIA joins leading rail infrastructure exhibition, Infrarail 2018

From Tuesday 1 to Thursday 3 May, the London Excel was a flurry with thousands of rail professionals for the biennial exhibition of railway infrastructure and technology, Infrarail. 

This year, RIA was a key partner of the event, hosting the Knowledge Hub seminar theatre.

Infrarail 2018 was opened by Network Rail Chief Engineer Jon Shaw, Railway Industry Association Chief Executive Darren Caplan and Chairman of Mack Brooks Stephen Brooks.

Rail professionals in attendance were able to hear directly from a number of rail industry leaders; including Transport Secretary Chris Grayling, Digital Railway Managing Director David Waboso and Rail Delivery Group Chief Executive Paul Plummer.

Writing in the show guide Chris Grayling stated he is “delighted to see the industry come together at Infrarail this year, to show off the latest advances and developments that we could be seeing out on the network in the coming years.”  

The Transport Secretary was also shown around a number of stands by Darren Caplan, meeting with a number of RIA members and industry organisations.

During the three days RIA's Technical Director, David Clarke, hosted the Infrarail Knowledge Hub with several high-profile guest speakers. These included Anna Delvecchio, Commercial Account Director at Amey and RailSector Deal Bid Director, Simon Babes, Managing Director of Movement Strategies and Adeline Ginn, General Counsel, Angel Trains and Founder of Women in Rail.

RIA also held a drinks reception supported by British Steel and ABB at the nearby Fox Bar Excel with several of its members and stakeholders. To end this year’s Infrarail, RIA Chief Executive Darren Caplan outlined the political issues that will be facing the rail industry in the next coming months. The topics included the Government's decarbonisation agenda, the industrial strategy, the need for consistent rail funding and the opportunities and challenges of Brexit.

Find out more about Infrarail here.

RIA Chief Executive Darren Caplan with Infrarail Drinks Sponsors ABB (left) and British Steel (right).

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