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The Great Western Rail Forum – 1 March 2018

This networking dinner and panel debate will offer insightful discussion on the key priorities within the region. Firstly, the Western Rail Link to Heathrow (WRLtH) line, which will improve journeys to England’s busiest airport and help increase productivity in the Thames Valley. Alongside reduced rail times and improved connectivity, this proposed £500m project has the potential to create 42,000 new jobs and help reduce congestion on the surrounding M4, M25 and M3. Consultation is due again in August 2017, with the tender due to be awarded in 2018.

Secondly, the post-dinner debate will focus on the wider objectives within the region, including the consultation, ensuring passengers benefit from a transformational programme of upgrades as quickly as possible.

Energy: North of the Border – 16 November 2017

Energy plays a vital role in Scotland’s economy, not only keeping hospitals, schools and businesses running but is also a prerequisite for a productive and competitive country.

The draft Energy Strategy for Scotland, published in January 2017, sets out the vision for the future energy system in Scotland, describing their priorities delivering a low carbon energy system. The strategy sets out ambitious targets, including:

  • 50% of Scotland’s energy to be met by renewable sources
  • Getting the renewable energy market right, with costs continuing to fall
  • Building on the success of our existing energy industries and exploring the role of new forms of energy
  • The opportunities to develop new energy sources and technologies in Scotland

A key focus for discussion is the Scottish Government’s High-Level Output Specification report, due to be released in July 2017. This will advise how government and industry can deliver the best outcomes for both customers and Scotland. The report will focus on ways to make the service more efficient whilst increasing capacity and will look at the improvement to existing stations, as well as the construction of new ones. With the long-term growth in passenger numbers, the railway is becoming key to Scotland’s economic prosperity and it’s vital that plans are in place to deliver a railway fit for the future.

Rail: North of the Border – 14 September 2017

For the second year Rail: North of the Border will again be taking place at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Glasgow, bringing together key people from across the sector to discuss the delivery of the many rail projects in Scotland. In continuing to build tomorrow’s railway, this platform will allow Network Rail, Virgin, Abellio and ScotRail Alliance to discuss key priority areas for Scotland, whilst ensuring the rail sector works closely with the supply chain to improve the day-to-day operation of the network and enhance it to meet future demand.

A key focus for discussion is the Scottish Government’s High-Level Output Specification report, due to be released in July 2017. This will advise how government and industry can deliver the best outcomes for both customers and Scotland. The report will focus on ways to make the service more efficient whilst increasing capacity and will look at the improvement to existing stations, as well as the construction of new ones. With the long-term growth in passenger numbers, the railway is becoming key to Scotland’s economic prosperity and it’s vital that plans are in place to deliver a railway fit for the future.

The Welsh Transport Forum – 13 July 2017

Transport plays a vital role supporting economic growth, increasing prosperity through job creation, delivering products to markets and supporting trade.

The Welsh Government is responsible for the Motorways and trunk roads in Wales, whilst also working strategically with Network Rail to enhance and improve railway infrastructure, with their objective of promoting an efficient, effective, sustainable and inclusive transport network.

The National Transport Finance Plan, updated in July 2016, explains in detail how these outcomes will be delivered. Offering information on funding and proposed timescales of these schemes, the Welsh Government have set ambitious plans to support a modern society with high levels of mobility.

Roads: North of the Border (Burns Supper) – 25 January 2017

Scotland has seen passenger numbers increase by 30% over the last decade and as a result have invested £3.3bn in rail infrastructure. The benefits of this have already been realised, with the £294m Borders Railway project now complete and the construction of EGIP, which is due to be completed in March 2019 at a cost of £742m.

In addition to these, there are a number of other significant challenges ahead, including making a case for a Britain-wide High-Speed Rail network, the substantial rolling programme of electrification and the £170m upgrade of the Aberdeen to Inverness rail line. Additionally, now that the UK has voted to leave the EU and with Scotland overwhelmingly in favour of remaining, how will the prospect of a second Scottish referendum alter the way in which these projects are going to be funded and delivered.

Rail: North of the Border – 30 November 2016

Scotland has seen passenger numbers increase by 30% over the last decade and as a result have invested £3.3bn in rail infrastructure. The benefits of this have already been realised, with the £294m Borders Railway project now complete and the construction of EGIP, which is due to be completed in March 2019 at a cost of £742m.

In addition to these, there are a number of other significant challenges ahead, including making a case for a Britain-wide High-Speed Rail network, the substantial rolling programme of electrification and the £170m upgrade of the Aberdeen to Inverness rail line. Additionally, now that the UK has voted to leave the EU and with Scotland overwhelmingly in favour of remaining, how will the prospect of a second Scottish referendum alter the way in which these projects are going to be funded and delivered.

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