1 December 2020
The Railway Industry Association (RIA) has announced the agenda and confirmed speakers for the next Unlocking Innovation event series, which will cover ‘Light Weight and Low Cost Railway’.
The five-day event series, held in partnership with RIA’s strategic partners Network Rail and UKRRIN, will run from Monday 14 to Friday 18 December 2020, and involve a range of exciting speakers from across the light rail industry and beyond.
The webinars will discuss new advances in tram systems, tram/train and light rail, the Very Light Rail (VLR) project in Coventry and the wider role VLR systems can play. It will also provide opportunities for networking after each day’s event, with a dedicated business engagement day on Friday 18 December
Confirmed speakers for the events include:
- James Hammett, UKTram;
- Elaine Clarke, Rail Forum Midlands;
- Professor Clive Roberts, BCRRE;
- Maxime Stignitto, Mott MacDonald;
- Simon Coulthard, Alex Dodds, and Ian Ambrose, Network Rail;
- Ian Foll, Arnold Whites Estates;
- Nicola Small, Coventry City Council;
- Nick Mallinson, Richard Jones and Naomi Arblaster, BCIMO;
- Representative from the Department for Transport;
- James Meredith, Chris Micallef, Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG);
- Julian Turner, Westfield;
- Neil Cooney, SET Ltd.
Commenting on the announcement, Railway Industry Association (RIA) Technical Director David Clarke said: “We are delighted to announce the agenda and speakers for the upcoming Unlocking Innovation series on Light Weight and Low Cost Railway.
“Light rail schemes already provide vital connections for communities up and down our country, and with new innovations in the ‘tram train’ and ‘very light rail’ space, we could see even more schemes rolled out, with speedier delivery, lower cost and reduced carbon emissions. Given the Government’s stated ambition to look into the possible reopening of the so-called ‘Beeching lines’, this topic will be of real interest to the industry, particularly as the sector looks to ‘build back better’ post-Coronavirus.
“We are looking forward to hearing from a range of experts and policymakers who are leading the way in pioneering light rail across the UK, and for the opportunity to have dedicated networking sessions after each day. Do join us for these fascinating presentations and discussions!”
Journalists are welcome to register, either via the link, or by emailing Alexis.King@riagb.org.uk.