It is an exciting time for Rail in the Midlands, with new franchises in place for both the East and West Midlands and new rolling stock on order, combined with infrastructure developments taking place across the region.

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 1 November 2019

VENUE: Hallmark Hotel Derby Midland, Midland Rd, Derby DE1 2SQ

2019-11-01 10:00:00 2019-11-01 16:00:00 Europe/London Rail in the Midlands Midland Rail Conference Hallmark Hotel Derby Midland, Midland Rd, Derby DE1 2SQ 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.

09.30-09.45 Welcome coffee 

09.45-09.50 Introduction from the Chair, Jonathan Chatfield, Head of Policy (Freight & Stations), Rail Delivery Group

09.50-10.00 The Midlands: the UK’s lynchpin – Welcome speech from Sir Peter Soulsby, Mayor of Leicester 

10.00 A new franchise for the East Midlands – Julian Edwards, Interim MD, East Midlands Railway (invited)

10.20 Midland main line electrification – Gary Walsh, Route Director – East Midlands, Network Rail

10.40 CrossCountry in the Midlands – Tom Joyner, MD, CrossCountry

11.00-11.10 Discussion 

11.10-11.40 Coffee break 

11.40 Paper to be advised   

Noon – 12.20 Rail devolution in the West Midlands – Malcolm Holmes, Director of Rail, Transport for the West Midlands  

12.20 -12.40 Rail infrastructure for the Midlands – Tim Shoveller, MD North West and Central, Network Rail   

12.40-12.50 Discussion 

12.50 Lunch 

14.00-14.20 West Midlands franchise developments – Jan Chaudhry-van der Velde, MD, West Midlands Trains 

14.20 -14.40 Developing the Midlands economy with transport – Maria Machancoses, Director, Midlands Connect 

14.40 – 15.00 Rail sector deal, Midlands pilots – Elaine Clark, Chief Executive, Rail Forum Midlands  

15.00 – 15.10 Discussion 

15.10 Close 


Tables of 10 at this event cost £1400 +VAT, sponsorship details available on request. Individual delegate places are available at £195 plus VAT. For further details please contact Contact David Lane on 07795 031051 or dave@davidlanepublishing.co.uk