Rail Freight – The Way Forward

Engineering & Operating New Logistics for a New Parliament


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  • June 15, 2015
    • 9:00 am - 9:30 am
    • 9:30 am - 12:30 pm1. Rail Freight from a Strategic Viewpoint: What the Nation needs from Engineers & Operators - Maggie Simpson, CEO, Rail Freight Group

      2. Panel No. 1: 2/3 contributors looking at themes / topics from a customer’s perspective
      Chris Swan, Senior Manager Rail & Shipping, Lafarge Tarmac
      David Barney, Secretary General, Private Wagon Federation

      3. Rail Freight - The Way Forward - Dr Andrew Traill, Principal Technologist – Logistics and Freight, Transport Systems Catapult

      4. The Strategic Agenda for Rail Freight for the New Parliament, Claire Perry MP - Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport

      5. Panel Discussion: key technology & infrastructure delivery developments / likely innovations in the next 5 to 10 years - Martin Brennan, Head of European Research, Rail Safety and Standards Board and Professor Simon Iwnicki, Director of the Institute of Railway Research, Huddersfield University
    • 1:30 pm - 5:15 pm6. Panel Discussion: case studies - how the rail freight industry has responded to the needs of Britain’s logistics revolution: operational & technology harnessed towards improved performance.

      Speakers include Philippa Edmunds, Freight on Rail Manager, Campaign for Better Transport, Nigel Jones, Head of Planning, DB Schenker Rail UK Ltd and John Smith, Managing Director, GB Railfreight.

      7. What the Members of REF can do to Deliver Against this Agenda - Chris Kinchin-Smith, Chairman of the Railway Division, Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

      8. Panel Discussion: future training & industry leadership - how can the rail freight industry continue to respond to the needs of Britain’s logistics revolution? - Chris Fenton, Chief Executive, Rail Safety and Standards Board.

      9. Closing remarks by Lawrie Quinn, Chairman, REF and Lord Berkeley.
    • 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

* Session timings are provisional and subject to change.




  • Corporate: £300 per person
  • REF Member: £150 per person
  • Student/Graduate: £75 per person

Attendance at the seminar will qualify as CPD training certified by RCEA.


The Institution of Civil Engineers, Smeaton Room, One Great George Street, Westminster, London, SW1P 3AA.

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How to Book:

Please use the booking form on the right-hand side of this page. Alternatively:

Please book your Reception place by Monday 18 May (or Seminar only place by Monday 8 June). Early bird Corporate delegate discount of 20% if booked before 30 April.

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