Bromsgrove to Birmingham


It is an exciting time for Rail in the Midlands, with a new franchise in place and new rolling stock on order. Infrastructure developments are taking place across the region, ranging from electrification at Bromsgrove to remodelling at Derby. This is a key moment for the lynchpin of the country’s rail network: attend our Rail in the Midlands conference and learn about:
• Devolution of responsibilities
• Investment in the network
• Passenger service improvements

NEXT EVENT: Friday 2 November 2018

VENUE: National College for High Speed Rail, 2 Lister Street, Birmingham, B7 4AG

2018-11-02 10:00:00 2018-11-02 16:00:00 Europe/London Rail in the Midlands Midland Rail Conference Thinktank, Birmingham Science Museum, Millennium Point, Curzon St, Birmingham B4 7XG Fourth Friday Club


The 4th Friday Club’s Rail in the Midlands event is a full day of learning and networking opportunities.

09.30-10.00 Welcome coffee 

10.00 Welcome from the Chair: Jonathan Chatfield, Head of Policy (Freight and Stations), Rail Delivery Group

10.00-10.10 The Midlands: the UK’s lynchpin – Sir Peter Soulsby, Mayor of Leicester

10.10 HS2 in the Midlands

10.10-10.30 Curzon Street – Birmingham’s new 21st century city centre terminus – Laura Kidd, Head of Architecture, HS2 Ltd

10.30-10.40 Interchange Station in Solihull – Phil Farrell, Interim MD, Urban Growth Company

10.40-10.50 HS2 in the East Midlands – Andrew Pritchard, Director of Policy & Infrastructure, East Midlands Councils, Transport for the East Midlands

10.50-11.10 Supporting a lasting skills and supply chain legacy – Barrie Cottam, Proposal Lead, Hitachi Bombardier High Speed Joint Venture

11.10-11.20 Discussion 

11.20-11.50 Coffee break 

11.50-12.10 Midlands Rail Hub David Blackadder-Weinstein, Head of Communications and PR, Midlands Connect

12.10-12.30 Rail devolution in the West Midlands – Malcolm Holmes, Executive Director, West Midlands Rail Executive; Director of Rail, Transport for West Midlands

12.30-12.40 Collaborative working on projects – Pete Brunskill, Rail Scheme Sponsor, West Midlands Rail Executive

12.40-12.50 Discussion

12.50 Lunch 

13.50-14.10 The new West Midlands franchise and its fleet replacement programme – Jan Chaudhry-van der Velde, MD, West Midlands Trains

14.10-14.30 Rail infrastructure for the Midlands – David Golding, Director – Route Business Development, Network Rail

14.30-14.50 Midland Metro development and the Sprint bus network – Judith Watt, Metro Project Manager, Transport for West Midlands

14.50-15.00 Discussion

15.00 Walking tour of Curzon Street site, ending with post-conference networking, function room of The Woodman pub


Tables of 10 at this event cost £1350 +VAT, sponsorship details available on request. Individual delegate places are available at £190 plus VAT. For further details please contact Contact David Lane on 07795 031051 or