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13.05.15

Railtex 2015: Day Two Live Blog

Refresh this page for RTM’s continuing coverage of day two of Railtex 2015.

17.00

That's it for day two at Railtex. Join us tomorrow for day three coverage.

16.55

RTM editor Adam Hewitt was in the audience when Patrick Hallgate, managing director of the Great Western Route Modernisation for Network Rail, spoke about the “teething problems” of the project.

Read his story for all the surprisingly frank and engaging talk

16.22

The second day is beginning to wind down. Here are some more afternoon tweets:

16.03

RTM’s David Stevenson has written a news story on the Railtex session with Keith Jordan, managing director of Hitachi Rail Europe.

In his talk, Jordan said: “We are under pressure to be more competitive. We are not seen as good value by most governments or good value for money by passengers. We are responding to that, but we must do more.”

He also said: ““We are here to move passengers around. A train won’t move without assistance without the track and signalling and that is what I mean by the whole system. We are all part of it.

“With a ‘One System’ approach I think we can grow and not shrink; increase efficiency, cut costs and reduce the duplication of effort. We can also increase value for money.”

Read the full story here.

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15.12

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14.48

Some cutting edge technologies on display today:

14.32

14:27

Some tweets from a session with Network Rail’s Phil Bennett:

14.20

Patrick Hallgate, managing director of the Great Western Route Modernisation for Network Rail offered fresh insight into the reasons for the delays the programme has experienced. Here’s what he said:

14.12

Jeremy Long, CEO of MTR Europe spoke on the journey so far working with London Overground and the future with Crossrail:

14.06

Keith Jordan from Hitachi Rail Europe discussed how a whole systems approach to railway engineering can benefit the industry. Here’s what he said:

14.00

13.49

Jon Kerbey from HS2 Ltd spoke at Railtex this morning. Some highlights:

13.36

Rail Supply Group held a group discussion this morning. Here are some of the highlights:

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13.25

This morning Terence Watson of Alstom and Rail Supply Group provided the keynote address. He said that Railtex 2015 was timed perfectly with a new government in place, adding that rail has a “clear mandate” and an “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity”.

He added that the rail supply sector is “underestimated by a margin”, with it’s 212,000 employees (Including TOCs) making it larger than its automotive equivalent.

Watson believes the industry is in development mode and needs support to move forward. The project focus is not healthy, he said,, too much tactics and not enough strategy.

13.12

Patrick Hallgate of Network Rail discussing the Great Western route modernisation at the Knowledge Hub.

(Apologies for the delays in updating this live blog - technology issues - but you can follow all the latest @rtmnews too)

10.18

09.02

Are you ready for day two? The festivities get under way at 10am but people are already excited for the doors to open. Stalls are being prepped and visitors are on their way - including RTM's own David Stevenson who is on the train down as we speak. Here's a quick Twitter round up to get the morning started:

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