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Doors open at Railtex 2015

The twelfth edition of Railtex, the UK’s premier rail event, opens its doors today at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham.

Running from 12-14 May 2015, more than 460 companies will be taking part, making it the biggest of these events in over a decade

With leading figures from the industry offering informed insights into future rail policies and trends, Railtex 2015 provides an unequalled opportunity for companies from all areas of the supply chain to present their latest products and capabilities to an audience of top managers and decision-makers.

The Opening Ceremony at 10:30 will include contributions from Richard Parry-Jones, chairman of Network Rail; Jeremy Candfield, director general at the Railway Industry Association; and Stephen Brooks, chairman of Mack Brooks Exhibitions.

As with previous Railtex and Infrarail events, the exhibition will include familiar features including the Yard display area for vehicles and larger pieces of equipment and The Track, providing a fitting setting for rail-mounted machinery and products.

There will also be two ‘hub’ areas co-ordinating a presence by members of the Rail Alliance and Derby & Derbyshire Rail Forum.

Aiming to build on the success of Railtex 2013, which was visited by more than 8,200 industry professionals, this year’s show offers a range of exhibitions, speeches and updates on major projects.

Located in the main exhibition hall, the Knowledge Hub will be one of two areas at the show where seminars and keynote speeches will take place.  Networking opportunities will include the second Railtex Awards dinner, which takes place on Wednesday 13 May, where achievements by exhibitors will be celebrated.

The RTM team is, as always, in attendance at the show on stand P41 where we will be showcasing our portfolio of products spanning print, online, e-mail marketing and events.

During today’s order of business the Knowledge Hub will feature a range of seminars, project updates and interactive discussion forums. These include:

Tuesday 12 May 

11.10 How regulation can help innovation
          Anna Walker, Office of Rail Regulation

11.50 Keynote speech: Network Rail chairman Richard Parry-Jones 

12.50 The Platform – Alliancing Best Practice
          Panel Q&A   

1.50   Railway Projects and opportunities in Hong Kong
          Steve Griffin, MTR Hong Kong 

2.30 Railway Projects and opportunities in Europe
        Speakers TBC

3.10 Key Rail Projects in the Gulf
        Mike Shears, UKTI

3.50 Thameslink – progress so far and the challenges ahead
        Simon Blanchflower, Network Rail

To keep up-to-date with the latest news from the show follow RTM on Twitter @rtmnews or follow our live blog of day one. There will also be news updates published online throughout the show.

Our Railtex 2015 supplement is now available for FREE using the new RTM App, available on iOS and Android. Search ‘RTM Magazine’ in the App Store / Google Play.


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