MacKay Hannah

11th Annual Scottish Rail Conference: What's next for rail in Scotland?

Wed 27th Feb 2019

Edinburgh, Whitespace

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The Annual Scottish Rail Conference is now into its 11th year. It is the Scottish rail industry's annual event, bringing together key industry voices and providing the annual focal point for the Scottish rail industry to consider future projects, Scottish Government policy and planning, delivery of the rail capital programme and excellence in approaches to service delivery and partnership.

Scottish Ministers have now published their High Level Outlook Specification for Control Period 6 within which they restate their objectives for rail in Scotland: improved services, improved capacity, improved value, more effective integration and increasing inclusive economic growth. Control Period 6 (CP6) objectives and funding for Network Rail are due to commence in April 2019 with the ORR already well down its path to determination of delivery targets and funding requirements for Network Rail.

The HLOS and Control period 6 will shape the infrastructure, projects and service developments for Scottish rail and the wider economy to 2024. With that in mind, the 11th annual Scottish rail conference will focus on three key themes in the period ahead - 'What's Next in the Strategic Picture for Rail?', 'Delivering Rail Excellence in a Changing Environment' and 'Projects, Priorities and Partnership'.

Benefits of Attending

  • Find out what's next in the strategic picture for rail
  • Discuss delivering rail excellence in a changing environment
  • Understand the disruptive technology and digital opportunity
  • Learn what passenger demand, rival transport and the wider economy is telling rail
  • Engage in 'rethinking rail'
  • Debate what Scotland's smartest, fastest, safest rail can look like
  • Look beyond five year plans to longer term investment proofing rail against growth, climate and age challenges
  • Hear what current trends mean for rail demand and development In Scotland
  • Explore where Control Period 6 will take rail

Who Should Attend

This conference will be relevant for anyone involved in the planning, building, maintenance or delivery of rail and rail services in Scotland. This includes train operating companies, engineering and infrastructure companies, regulators, transport lawyers, academics and managers, project managers and professional advisors, smart mobility and data specialists, those working in rail systems and services supply, freight and passenger companies and bodies, partners in the rail supply chain, associated transport systems and services and rail representative bodies.


Michael Matheson MSP

Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity, Scottish Government

Sarah Baillie

Conference Chair and Partner - Planning, Addleshaw Goddard

Justin Moss

Strategic Development Manager, Siemens Mobility Limited

Stephanie Tobyn

Deputy Director - Consumers, Office of Rail and Road

Steve Quantick

Strategic Business Development Director - Rail, Transport Systems Catapult

Stewart Fox-Mills

Commercial Director, Abellio

Tom Harris

Member of the Williams Rail Review Expert Challenge Panel and Director, Third Avenue Communications

Judith Turner

Legal Counsel & Head of ADR, Rail Ombudsman

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Good range of speakers & commentary on various aspects of Planning Review. Encouraged by optimism of speakers.

Peter Bain, Argyll & Bute Council,
Planning in Scotland Conference, October 2017

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