Midland Hotel, Bradford
Date & Time
9:30am October 29, 2019
5+ Professionals
450 Seats

About Rail: North October 2019

Dress Code: Business Wear

Bradford Council have developed their growth strategy which sets out the ambitions to transform the economy through a new high-speed rail connection in the city centre that will better connect the UK’s youngest city to the opportunities of the future.  With a key focus on skills and education and unlocking growth at the Southern Gateway to the city, the NPR Growth Strategy sets out the opportunities that are being sought as part of the campaign to bring Northern Powerhouse Rail to the whole of the North and specifically to Bradford.

Plans for Bradford include:

  • A new line linking Leeds and Manchester via Bradford, including the option for a Bradford city centre station
  • Bradford station re-modernisation programme
  • New residential and commercial developments and improved local infrastructure, delivered with a partnership-led approach.

“The great city of Bradford, a jewel in our Northern crown, will feel the transformational economic benefits of Northern Powerhouse Rail with world class capacity and connectivity that the population and local businesses has deserved, but never had.” NPR Rail Director, Tim Wood



Our Host

Luana Salles

Luana Salles

Managing Editor, Peloton

Our Speakers

Cllr Alex Ross-Shaw

Cllr Alex Ross-Shaw

Regeneration, Planning & Transport (Bradford Council)
Cllr Susan Hinchcliffe

Cllr Susan Hinchcliffe

Leader (Bradford Council)
Graham Botham

Graham Botham

Strategy and Planning Director (North), Network Rail
Julian Jackson

Julian Jackson

Planning, Transportation and Highways (City of Bradford)
Kersten England

Kersten England

Chief Executive (City of Bradford)
Shelagh O’Neill

Shelagh O’Neill

Economy and Development (City of Bradford)
Steve Hartley

Steve Hartley

Strategic Director for Place (Bradford Council)
Tim Wood

Tim Wood

Rail Director (Northern Powerhouse)
Tom Meacock

Tom Meacock

Client Director (Atkins Global)

Event Schedule


08.30 – 09.30 – Registration, Tea, Coffee & Networking
09.30 – 10.00 – Business Leaders Debate – The importance of High Speed Rail for the region
• Henri Murison – confirmed
• Tim Wood – confirmed
• Kersten England – confirmed
09.50 – 10.10 – Keynote – Councillor Susan Hinchcliffe - confirmed
10.10 – 10.30 – Keynote – Steve Hartley – Strategic Director for Place (Bradford Council) - confirmed
10.30 - 10.45 - Strategic Event Partner
10.45 – 11.15 – Refreshments, Tea, Coffee, Networking
11.15 -11.30 - Jacobs - Integrated Railway Delivery: Transforming places, lives and experiences - confirmed
11.30 – 11.45 - Keynote - Graham Botham, Strategy & Planning Director (Network Rail) confirmed
11.45 – 12.15 – Panel Discussion – Development Potential of the Southern Gateway
• Tim Wood – confirmed
• Jacobs representative – TBC
• Julian Jackson – Bradford City Council
12.30 – 13.30 – Lunch & Refreshments
13.35 – 14.15 – Leaders Debate and Q&A, sponsored by Atkins, part of the SNC Lavalin group, ‘Addressing the skills gap’
• Tim Wood, TfN – confirmed
• Susan Hinchcliffe – confirmed
• Kersten England – Bradford City Council CEO – confirmed
• Graham Botham – Network Rail Planning Director – confirmed
• SNC Lavalin Atkins – Tom Meacock - confirmed
14.15 – 14.30 – Private Sector Case Study
14.30 – 14.45 – Julian Jackson, Assistant Director for Planning, Transportation and Highways (Bradford Council) confirmed
14.45 – 15.00 – Councillor Ross Shaw, Executive Member for Regen, Planning & Transport (Bradford Council) confirmed
15.00 – 15.15 - Shelagh O’Neill, Assistant Director for Economy and Development (Bradford Council) confirmed
15.15 – 15.30 - Afternoon Q&A and Chair’s closing remarks

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