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The DfT confirmed in yesterday’s Great Western Rail Franchise Briefing Document that it won’t split up the franchise, but calls for more decentralisation, which could improve cooperation with councils and other local groups.

With the franchise due for renewal at the end of March 2020, proposed additions to priorities for the future tender include cheap fares and simpler pricing, more services, and better connectivity.

Incorporated into this networking dinner will be two tailored debates, the first focusing on the Western Rail Link to Heathrow Route, which would speed up journeys to Heathrow Airport.

The second debate will focus on the wider objectives of the route, including the key issues emerging from the consultation, the progress to date and the next steps. This includes:

  • Franchise objectives for the 2020s
  • Franchise Priorities & Structure
  • Improvements to services
  • Rolling Stock
  • Stakeholder and Community Engagement
  • Key enhancement

For more information on the event contact enquiry@peloton-events.co.uk, or phone 0161 791 1640

8th November 2018
  • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PMpre-event drinks reception
  • 7:05 PM - 7:10 PMhost address Brian Meechan, BBC Transport Correspondent - confirmed
  • 7:10 PM - 7:40 PMpanel debate – The Heathrow Rail Link• Discuss the latest developments from the consultation plan and a broader outline of the wider benefits of the WRLtH route.
    • Future train service patterns.


    Francis McGarry - Western Route Business Development Director (Network Rail) confirmed
    Chris Joyce – Head of Surface Access (Heathrow) - confirmed
    Ruth Bagley, Consultant - confirmed
    Mark Hopwood MD (GWR) - confirmed
  • 7:45 PM - 9:15 PMdinner served
  • 9:30 PM - 10:15 PMpanel debate – • Can the plan to drop electrification for new trains be recovered and put back in the plan?
    • Discuss the routes which have yet to see investment


    Francis McGarry - Western Route Business Development Director (Network Rail) - confirmed
    Mark Hopwood MD (GWR) - confirmed
    Sharon Hedges, Franchise Programme Manager (Transport Focus) - confirmed
    Michael de Voil, Technical Principal, European Practice Leader for Railways and Professional Head - confirmed
  • 10:30 PM - 12:00 AMnetworking and drinks
Reading, UK
Olympia Ballroom