The future of rail is on the agenda in Doncaster

Published 18th March 2015 at 12:22pm

Some of the biggest names in the rail sector will highlight what the future holds for the rail industry at a dedicated conference in Doncaster.

The ‘Future of Rail’ Conference at Doncaster Racecourse on Wednesday 20 May 2015 will showcase the direction the industry is heading, the new cutting edge technologies, the future challenges and most importantly how firms can tap into the major opportunities that exist in the UK and across the world.

High profile rail figures have already confirmed they will be presenting including Terry Morgan CBE, Chairman of Crossrail – Europe’s largest construction project which is transforming rail transport in London. He is also chair of the National College for High Speed Rail which is being built in Doncaster and Birmingham.

Beth West, Commercial Director at HS2 Ltd, Nick Watson, Sales Director at Siemens plc and Keith Jordan, Managing Director at Hitachi Rail Europe – who are building the family of new Intercity Express Trains – are also confirmed speakers. Hitachi’s £70million train maintenance centre, which will support the service delivery and maintenance of the Class 800 trains, will open in Doncaster in 2017.

Mayor of Doncaster, Ros Jones, said: “This high profile conference is another example of Doncaster being at the forefront of the rail industry.

“The rail sector is moving incredibly fast with billions of pounds being invested to bring infrastructure in the UK and overseas up to the standards expected in the 21st century and beyond. This event will highlight where the sector is heading and the where growth opportunities exist. It is a must attend event for anyone connected to the rail industry.”

Looking forward to the Future of Rail conference Terry Morgan CBE, Chairman of Crossrail, added: “This rail conference is the perfect opportunity for people to find out about Crossrail and the National College for High Speed Rail in Doncaster and Birmingham, the planning for which continues at a pace and we have now established a Shadow Board to oversee progress. I hope we can build on what was learnt on the Crossrail programme and, of course, improve on it. The College will provide a fantastic opportunity for a generation of people from across the country to learn new skills that will support the delivery of HS2 and help to secure future economic growth.”

In September last year, Doncaster and Birmingham were confirmed as the locations for National College for High Speed Rail. The college will have a major impact on the ability of the UK rail supply chain to develop a suitable workforce and deliver HS2.

It will train people from across the country to take advantage of the huge range of high skilled technical jobs created. There will be up to 2,000 apprenticeship opportunities generated by HS2, and around 25,000 people employed during construction.

The National College for High Speed Rail will have a role in setting standards for the rail sector and raise the status of vocational careers, to the benefit of the wider industry. The college will deliver a major economic impact in Doncaster, Sheffield City Region and wider Yorkshire area.

Commenting on the National College for High Speed Rail, Mayor Jones, added: “We have always led the way in the rail industry with household names in the sector based in the town delivering innovative rail engineering solutions. With the National College for High Speed Rail set to open its doors in 2017, Doncaster and the Sheffield City Region will continue to be a pioneer in the future. Doncaster is a rail town through and through.”

In January 2015, the Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) together with business bosses and Council leaders launched a new campaign to maximise the benefits of the high speed rail coming to the Sheffield City Region. Further information is available at:

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