Franchising Stage

One of the three stages for Accelerate: Rail | 19 March 2019, London

Key issues shaping TOC strategy – franchising, rolling-stock and devolution


This stage allows you to consider the possibilities inherent in the government’s Rail Review, and how it will shake up the franchising system. Could LNER provide a realistic and sustainable model applicable to other franchises when they come up for renewal? The two leading figures working on LNER, David Horne and Rob McIntosh, will discuss its merits and significance for the wider rail industry.

Also, you will examine changes in the rolling-stock market, including the rise of hybrid technologies, and learn from those with experience of managing fleet renewal.

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What’s on
Breakfast Roundtable


Welcome Address and Chair’s opening remarks
Session One: Strengthening the system through reform
Interview| Andrew Haines, Chief Executive Network Rail

Andrew joined Network Rail in the midst of timetabling, financial and public perception difficulties, tasked with improving operational efficiency and reliability for passengers. In this short address followed by an interview, Andrew will outline his plans for putting the interests of passengers and freight at the heart of everything Network Rail does.

An update on the Williams Review: critically assessing all parts of the industry

Keith Williams, Chair, Williams Rail Review


A bright future: successfully managing change
Entering a new control period: holding Network Rail to account

• Explaining the ORR’s final determination on CP6
• Ensuring devolution is embedded: the regulator’s perspective
• What can be learnt from the findings of the timetabling inquiry?
• Protecting the interests of passengers: working together to improve

Declan Collier, Chair, Office of Rail and Road


Leaders’ forum
Reforming rail to rebuild trust and improve performance

• Reputation: what was the impact of the timetabling failure?
• Appetite for change: hopes for the DfT’s Rail Review
• Accelerating devolution: a new vision for the structure of UK rail
• Putting passengers and freight first: improving day-to-day performance on a congested network
• How can the public and private sectors work together to optimise rail?
• What lessons can be garnered from other transport industries, in the UK and abroad?

Andrew Haines, Chief Executive, Network Rail
Ruth Hannant, Director General – Rail Group, Department for Transport
Declan Collier, Chair, Office of Rail and Road
Mary Hewitt, Strategy & Policy Director, Arriva
Steve Montgomery, Managing Director – Rail, First Group
Alistair Gordon, Chief Executive Officer, Keolis

Session two: Shaking up the Franchising System
Hopes for the Williams Review: critically assessing all parts of the industry

• Allaying public anger: time for genuine change
• Demanding transformation: how can the rail industry support regional ambitions?
• What is the best possible outcome for Local Transport Authorities from the Rail Review?
• Unlocking greater value and increased investment through a refreshed franchising system

Dave Pearson, Director – Transport Services, West Yorkshire Combined Authority


Making the case for increased flexibility and re-distributed risk in the franchising system


In conversation | LNER
A fresh perspective: lessons from the frontline of change

Having taken over the running of the East Coast Mainline service in a temporary renationalisation in summer 2018, LNER offers an interesting, alternative model. David and Rob will bring their differing perspectives to discuss LNER’s journey and its significance for the wider rail industry.

David Horne, Managing Director, London North Eastern Railway
Rob McIntosh, Route Managing Director, LNE&EM, Network Rail


Session Three: Rolling stock fit for the modern railway
Case study | Chiltern
Delivering innovative rolling-stock: adopting hybrid technologies

In the face of stalled electrification there is a continuing need for diesel trains, but how can these be modernised in order to improve efficiency and reduce emissions? Matthew will discuss the opportunities of hybrid technology in meeting these challenges, drawing on his experience at Chiltern which operates an entirely diesel fleet.

Matthew Prosser, Engineering & Safety Director, Chiltern Railways


Standing out from the crowd: building the next generation of trains


Panel discussion  
All change: managing fleet renewal

• How sustainable is the government’s emphasis on putting new trains on the network?
• To what extent is the interplay between franchising and rolling stock tenable?
• How has electrification shaped the rolling-stock market?
• How can the industry tackle the surplus of idle off-lease trains?
• What is the future of rolling-stock financing?
• What is the role of traditional ROSCOs in an altered rolling-stock market?
• To what extent does improved passenger experience override the difficulties and cost of extensive fleet renewal?

Chris Ham, Head of Rolling Stock Procurement, HS2
Syeda Ghufran, Engineering Director, ScotRail
Mark Swindell, Chief Executive Officer, Rock Rail Infrastructure
Mary Grant, Chief Executive Officer, Porterbrook


Spotlight on devolution
Assessing the extent and success of devolution

Here we present perspectives from three areas of the UK, sharing their journeys as independent transport voices – what they have achieved thus far within rail and future planned projects as devolution gains pace.
Followed by joint Q+A

James Price, Chief Executive Officer, Transport for Wales

The North
Barry White, Chief Executive, Transport for the North

Lawrence Shackman, Head of Rail Projects & Technical Services, Transport Scotland


Becoming a world leader in integrated transport
Meet & Greet
Inspiration for change: forging rail’s path towards modern mobility

With the growth of possibilities such as Mobility as a Service and connected vehicles, the transport industry and passenger’s interaction with it is rapidly evolving. In this session multiple pioneering speakers will simultaneously share their respective organisations’ visions to drive forward integrated transport in the UK, and outline rail’s critical role. In order to stimulate thought around this important topic and encourage collaboration, delegates will then be able to discuss with their chosen speaker.

Matthew Evans, Policy Manager – Transport & Smart Cities, TechUK
Mick Noone, Director of Integrated Transport, Merseytravel
Linda McCord, Senior Passenger Manager, Transport Focus
Gordon Hanning, Head of Concession Travel & Integrated Ticketing, Transport Scotland
Crispin Humm, Head of Customer Journey, Rail Delivery Group
Steve Quantick, Strategic Business Director, Transport Systems Catapult
Alastair Richards, Integrated & Smart Travel Director, Transport for the North
Brittany Walcutt, City Partnerships & New Mobility Strategy Lead, Uber


The future of transport: enabling seamless door-to-door journeys for passengers


Closing keynote address

Future of Mobility Grand Challenge: making the UK a world leader in transport

Iain Forbes, Head of the Centre for Connected & Autonomous Vehicles, Department for Transport

Chair’s closing remarks and drinks reception 

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