Rail in the Midlands2018-10-26T16:37:09+00:00
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 4thfridayclub@gmail.com


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 dave@davidlanepublishing.co.uk