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Agenda Day 1

 9:30 AM – 9:40 AM
Welcome and Introduction
Nigel Harris
Managing Editor
RAIL magazine
 9:40 AM – 10:00 AM
An adaptive approach to major rail projects for the North and Midlands

In December 2020, the National Infrastructure Commission published its Rail Needs Assessment for the North and Midlands, to inform the government’s forthcoming Integrated Rail Plan. The Commission set out options for government based on three indicative budgets, and grouped sets of schemes into two broad strategic outcomes - those which prioritise regional links, and those which focus on longer distance links. Bridget will discuss the Commission’s key findings on the relative benefits of these approaches and how they might contribute to boosting economic growth across the North and Midlands.

Commissioner
National Infrastructure Commission
 10:00 AM – 10:20 AM
Britain's new high speed railway
Chief Executive
High Speed 2
 10:20 AM – 10:40 AM
The 'new commuter' is key to fast regional rail recovery

The pandemic has resulted in changing travel behaviour and “the new commuter”. Jody Ford, COO and soon-to-be CEO of Trainline, shares how understanding this new behaviour, and innovating the regional rail experience to reflect it, is key to fast recovery.

COO
Trainline
 10:40 AM – 11:00 AM
Panel Discussions
Nigel Harris
Managing Editor
RAIL magazine
COO
Trainline
Commissioner
National Infrastructure Commission
Chief Executive
High Speed 2
 11:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Networking
 11:30 AM – 11:45 AM
COVID-19 – a shot in the arm for the Rail Industry?
Director
Midlands Connect
 11:45 AM – 12:00 PM
Meeting Rail Needs in the North and Midlands
Director
Greengauge 21
 12:00 PM – 12:15 PM
Connecting people, transforming journeys
Martin Tugwell
Programme Director
England’s Economic Heartland
 12:15 PM – 12:30 PM
Panel Discussions
Director
Midlands Connect
Director
Greengauge 21
Martin Tugwell
Programme Director
England’s Economic Heartland
Senior Stakeholder Manager
Transport Focus
 12:30 PM – 12:45 PM
Breakout Sessions
A regional transport strategy
Chair
Urban Transport Group and Managing Director, Transport for West Midlands
A blueprint for a nation’s transport strategy

The value of an integrated approach to railway management through clarity of strategic purpose with examples including delivery of a clear decarbonisation strategy

Rail Director
Transport Scotland
 12:45 PM – 1:00 PM
Breakout Sessions
Regional Railway Renaissance
Professorial Fellow
University of Southampton (Former Technical Director, HS2 Ltd)
Room 2
Strategic Rail's Programme Manager
Transport for the North
 1:00 PM – 1:15 PM
Panel Discussions
Room 1
Professorial Fellow
University of Southampton (Former Technical Director, HS2 Ltd)
Stakeholder Manager
Transport Focus
Executive Director, Director of Rail
West Midlands Rail Executive, Transport for West Midlands
Room 2
Rail Director
Transport Scotland
Strategic Rail's Programme Manager
Transport for the North
Nigel Harris
Managing Editor
RAIL magazine
 1:15 PM – 1:30 PM
Chairs Close
Nigel Harris
Managing Editor
RAIL magazine