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Railtex programme starts to take shape

Network Rail chair Richard Parry-Jones and Terence Watson, UK president of Alstom, are set to be the headline speakers at Railtex 2015.

With just over three months to go until Railtex opens its doors at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham, plans are rapidly taking shape for the high-profile programme of activities that will form a key part of the event.

The formal opening of the exhibition on 12 May will be by Network Rail chair Richard Parry-Jones. On the same day Professor Parry-Jones will also deliver a keynote speech as part of the Industry Seminars programme which runs throughout Railtex.

Keynote speaker in this programme on day two of the show will be Terence Watson, UK president of Alstom and co-chair of the Rail Supply Group, which is leading development of the recently launched government-backed Rail Supply Chain Industrial Strategy aimed at fully exploiting opportunities for suppliers in this growing sector.

On the third day of Railtex, keynote speaker at the Industry Seminars will be Tim Shoveller, managing director of the South West Trains-Network Rail Alliance, launched in 2012 to deliver better performance by services on busy routes out of London’s Waterloo station through close co-ordination of train operations and infrastructure management.

Industry leaders will also be speaking at the Knowledge Hub, another area at the show where seminars and keynote addresses will take place. They include Richard Price, chief executive at the Office of Rail Regulation, and Jeremy Long, European CEO of MTR Corporation. MTR was selected last year to run the London’s Crossrail services under a contract worth £1.4bn.

Located in the main exhibition hall, the Knowledge Hub will additionally be the venue for the Project Updates programme detailing progress on current UK rail schemes, and for The Platform, a series of open discussion forums on topical industry themes.

Registration to visit Railtex is now open.

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