Steam Museum, Swindon
Date & Time
6pm, 11 July 2019
5+ Professionals
250 Seats

About Great Western Rail Forum 2019


We’re delighted to announce the Great Western Rail Forum is taking place on 11 July 2019. Moved to the iconic Steam Museum in Swindon, the event will once again bring together key figures from the region to discuss key plans and priorities, with our headline sponsors the Heathrow Link Partnership.

Mark Hopwood will be delivering both a 15 minute keynote address and be involved in a lively panel discussion including:

  • What impact Crossrail’s Western section will have on the region
  • Development of the Old Oak Common interchange station
  • The latest developments of the Western Rail Link to Heathrow Line
  • MetroWest and the improvement to transport services to Bristol and the surrounding areas
  • The benefits the new timetable will bring to passengers
  • The re-development of Swindon station



Our Speakers

Jane Austin

Jane Austin

Head of Engineering (Network Rail)
Mark Hopwood

Mark Hopwood

MD (Great Western Railway)
Tim Bowles

Tim Bowles

West of England Mayor

Event Schedule

18.00 – 19.00
Pre-Event Drinks Reception
Brian Meechan  
19.00 – 19.10
Host Welcome
BBC Business Correspondent (Wales Today)
19.15 – 19.25
Keynote Address – TBC
Mark Hopwood  
19.25 – 19.35
GWR Address
MD (Great Western Railway)
19.35 – 19.45
Headline Sponsor Address

Heathrow Link Partnership

19.50 – 21.15
Dinner Served
Tim Bowles  Jane Austin  Mark Hopwood  
21.30 – 22.15
Panel Debate
West of England Mayor
Head of Engineering (Network Rail)
MD (Great Western Railway)
22.15 – 00.00
Networking & Drinks

Our Sponsors

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