Location
Olympia Ballroom, Reading
Date & Time
6pm, November 8, 2018
Speakers
6 Professionals
Delegates
250 Seats

About Great Western Rail Forum

Incorporated into this networking dinner will be...

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.

Our Speakers

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Chris Joyce

Chris Joyce

Head of Surface Access at Heathrow
Francis McGarry

Francis McGarry

Business Development Director (Western Route )
Mark Hopwood

Mark Hopwood

MD (Great Western Railway)
Michael de Voil

Michael de Voil

Technical Principal, European Practice Leader for Railways and Professional Head
Ruth Bagley

Ruth Bagley

Consultant
Sharon Hedges

Sharon Hedges

Franchise Programme Manager (Transport Focus)

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Event Schedule

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6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Pre-event drinks reception
Brian Meechan  
7:05 PM - 7:10 PM
Host address
BBC Business Correspondent (Wales Today)
Ruth Bagley  Mark Hopwood  Francis McGarry  Chris Joyce  
7:10 PM - 7:40 PM
Panel 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.

Consultant
MD (Great Western Railway)
Business Development Director (Western Route )
Head of Surface Access at Heathrow
7:45 PM - 9:15 PM
Dinner served
Michael de Voil  Sharon Hedges  Mark Hopwood  Francis McGarry  
9:30 PM - 10:15 PM
Panel 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.

Technical Principal, European Practice Leader for Railways and Professional Head
Franchise Programme Manager (Transport Focus)
MD (Great Western Railway)
Business Development Director (Western Route )
10:30 PM - 12:00 AM
Networking and drinks

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