18 FEBRUARY 2019


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Article from BTNews 18 FEBRUARY 2019

Busy agenda for rail summit

Current and future developments with Transport for London (TfL), the HS2 project and allied topics will be on the agenda for a one-day UK Rail Summit conference on 13 March at 15 Canada Square, London E14 5GL.

Taking as its theme ‘Rethinking rail delivery: Coordination, strategic direction and capacity growth’, the gathering will hear a keynote address from rail minister Andrew Jones, followed by deputy mayor of London for transport Heidi Alexander and Network Rail chief executive Andrew Haines.

Subjects up for discussion include improving Network Rail performance, why HS2 is a key element of the UK’s transport strategy and what can be done to deliver a railway able to offer good value fares while keeping costs down for taxpayers.

Other items on the agenda include working partnerships between operators and Network Rail, whether there should there be more rail devolution for TfL, strategies across the UK for devolved railways and delivering more widespread smart ticketing.

The summit takes place against a background of the UK having the fastest-growing railway in Europe with one of the best safety records but with recent challenges posed by growth resulting in criticism from passengers and politicians and calls for renationalisation.


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