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10th Annual Scottish Rail Conference: The next decade of Scottish rail

Tue 5th Dec 2017

, BT Murrayfield

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In a significant period of forward planning for proposed rail spending and projects, the 10th annual Scottish rail conference brings together key agencies and decision makers to assess how plans will be turned into new infrastructure and new services.

The background to this conference is the development of two core drivers of rail spending from 2019 onwards - the High Level Output Specification (HLOS) for rail of Scottish Ministers and the Control Period 6 (CP6) objectives and funding for Network Rail. 

Scottish Ministers are expected to publish their final HLOS in Summer 2017 and the Office of Rail and Road (ORR) is to announce on funding arrangements for CP6 in Autumn 2018. Taken together, these will shape the infrastructure, projects and service developments for Scottish rail and the wider economy up to and beyond 2020.

The 10th annual Scottish rail conference will focus on three key themes looking toward the next decade of rail - thinking strategically to get from what we have to what we want; rail and the wider economy; and growth and rail development to 2027.

Beginning with the keynote perspective, this conference will cover the largest national projects and the challenges of smaller local developments, consider potential new funding streams and provide an opportunity to discuss how the various agencies can work together to plan and deliver the new infrastructure on budget, on time and with maximum associated economic and social benefit.

The conference will feature key industry voices and provides the annual focal point for the Scottish rail industry in considering Network Rail project plans, Scottish Government policy and planning, delivery of the rail capital programme ahead, new approaches to service delivery and the broader context in which rail operates.

Among the subjects to be discussed at this year's conference will be:

  • Thinking Strategically - leveraging from what we have to what we want
  • Scottish Rail - where are we weak, where are we strong?
  • Re-Thinking Rail - the impact beyond trains and tracks
  • Rail, the Economy and Growth - what's possible?
  • Rail Spend and Control Period 6 - infrastructure, projects and growth
  • Supply Chain, Services and Skills
  • Rail Investment - a broader economic perspective
  • Rail in 2027 - new lines, new services, new tech, new purpose?
  • High Speed Rail - where will we be?
  • Challenges and Opportunities - air, climate, digital and the 'Uber age'
  • What is rail for in 2027, 2037, 2047...


Humza Yousaf MSP

Minister for Transport and Islands, Scottish Government

Kirsty MacArthur

Director, MacArthur Green

John Larkinson

Director Railway Markets and Economics, Office of Rail and Road

Sharon Moore

Industry Technical Leader for Travel and Transportation, IBM

Rodger Querns

Programme Director, Network Rail

James Ledgerwood

Head of Economic and Community Development, Abellio ScotRail

Roger Cotton

Partner, Brodies

Audrey Laidlaw

Lead Strategic Planner for Scotland, Network Rail

Alex Stewart

Group Marketing Director, ByteToken

Duncan Sutherland

Group Regeneration Director - Sigma Capital Group and Non-Executive Board Member - HS2

Andrew Stephens

UK Commercial, Perpetuum

Gregor Bell

Key Accounts Director (Scotland), Arcadis

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