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Secretary for state for Wales Alan Cairns:

“Services operated under the Wales and Borders franchise are a vital component of Wales’ transport infrastructure serving thousands of commuters and passengers each day. It is essential that Wales has cutting edge transport links to move people to jobs, encourage investment and help grow our economy. Moreover, it is important that future investment provides visible and practical improvements to the rail travel experience on a franchise with the potential to grow transport links between England and Wales”

It is essential that Wales has cutting edge transport links to move people to jobs, encourage investment and help grow our economy. Moreover, it is important that future investment provides visible and practical improvements to the rail travel experience on a franchise with the potential to grow transport links between England and Wales. With the franchising powers we are devolving to the Welsh Government, the UK Government has delivered on a key recommendation made by Sir Paul Silk’s Commission on Devolution in Wales. We now look to the Welsh Government to deliver on our joint ambitions to improve connectivity, cut journey times and create a transport infrastructure that is fit for the future.”

This one day conference will bring the leaders from the region together to discuss devolution, new technology and innovation, funding and investment, the skills shortage and how we are going to align apprenticeship programmes to fit the needs of the sector, electrification, smart ticketing and much more.

Schedule

08.00 – 09.00 Breakfast/Registration/Coffee/Networking
09.00 – 09.10 Chair welcome – Brian Meechan confirmed
09.10 – 09.30 Keynote Address – Simon Jones Welsh Government
09.30 – 09.45 Headline Sponsor Address – Neil Gladstone (Business Development Director) Siemens
09.45 – 10.00 Network Rail Address Kevin Collins – CP6 and the Procurement Strategy
10.00 – 10.20 Headline Sponsor Address Balfour Beatty – Aaron Reid

10.20 – 11.00 Morning Refreshments/Networking

11.00 – 11.30 Seminar Session 1 – Technical Seminars from Furrer+Frey, ABB Ltd and AD Comms
11.45 – 12.15 TfW Address and Q&A Alexia Course & Colin Lea TfW
12.15 – 12.30 Ruth Bagley – Connectivity from Heathrow to Cardiff

12.30 – 13.45 Lunch/Networking/Exhibition

13.45 – 14.15 Seminar Session 2 – Technical Seminars from SPL Powerlines, Centregreat and Atkins
14.25 – 14.30 Chair Afternoon Welcome – Brian Meechan confirmed
14.30 – 15.00 Panel Debate – Making Wales a better place
Kevin Collins Network Rail
Ruth Bagley – Connecting Wales with Heathrow
Paul Hinchy – WiFi Spark
Phillip Price – Keltbray

15.00 – 15.30 Afternoon Refreshments/Networking/Exhibition

‘The case for investment in Welsh Rail’
15.30 – 15.45 Professor Mark Barry –
15.45 – 16.00 Councillor Anthony Taylor – Deputy Leader of Neath Port Talbot CBC
16.00 – 16.15 Mary Bonar First Class Partnership
16.15 – 16.20 Chair closing remarks
16.20 – 17.30 Post Event Drinks Reception
The times and invited speakers may be subject to change without notice.

Location
Location
Cardiff
Venue
Mercure Hotel