11th Annual Scottish Rail Conference
Abellio is a European passenger transport group. Our parent company is the Dutch national rail company, Nederlandse Spoorwegen. In the UK we operate Merseyrail, Northern Rail and Greater Anglia, and we are active in the bus market through our company Abellio London and Surrey.
The ability to move freely, safely and with ease is a precondition for a successful economy and a healthy society. This is why the concept of the full door-to-door journey guides the delivery of services and the development of new ideas at Abellio. With the support of our parent company we draw on international best practice from across our network of European businesses to ensure that customers experience the best service we can offer on every part of their door-to-door journey.
The Transport Systems Catapult is one of seven elite technology and innovation centres established and overseen by the UK's innovation agency, Innovate UK. We were created to drive and promote Intelligent Mobility – using new and emerging technologies to transport people and goods more smartly and efficiently. We are helping UK businesses create products and services that meet the needs of the world's transport systems as they respond to ever-stretching demands.
The Scottish Government is the executive arm of the devolved government for Scotland.
The Scottish Government, known as the Scottish Executive prior to 2007, is responsible in Scotland for all issues that are not explicitly reserved to the United Kingdom Parliament at Westminster by Schedule 5 of the Scotland Act 1998.
Devolved matters include health, education, justice, home affairs, rural affairs, economic development and transport.
The Scottish Government is led by a First Minister, nominated by the Scottish Parliament and by the Queen, who then appoints a Ministerial team, with the approval of Parliament, from the elected MSPs. The Scottish Law Officers, the Lord Advocate and Solicitor General, can be appointed from outside the Parliament's membership, but are subject to its approval. The First Minister, the Cabinet Secretaries and the Scottish Law Officers are members of the Scottish Government. They are collectively known as the 'Scottish Ministers'.
Parliamentary elections in Scotland, initiated in 1999 when the Scottish Parliament was re-convened after a gap of almost 300 years, are now held every five years.
Of 129 MSPs 73 are elected from first-past-the-post constituencies with a further 56 are returned from eight regions, each of which elect seven MSPs as a form of mixed member proportional representation.
New Administrations are appointed after each election.
Previous Administrations have served for the periods
The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport is the independent international professional body for individuals and organisations associated with logistics and transport. It has over 33,000 members across more than 33 countries worldwide.
The CILT(UK) is the only organisation that supports professionals working in logistics and transport, on land, sea, in the air and across all sectors. To find out more about CILT(UK) click here.
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Good range of speakers & commentary on various aspects of Planning Review. Encouraged by optimism of speakers.