The UK’s leading rail event
21 March 2023 | Hilton Tower Bridge, London
Accelerate: Rail returned in 2023 at a time of significant change: with content focused on navigating reforms, pushing sustainability initiatives, and working towards a better connected, accessible, and reliable journey for passengers.
This year, our rail event brought together the most influential leaders in the industry as we discovered and challenged these critical issues, delivering talks across the GBR transition, digitalisation, sustainability and more. Accelerate: Rail 2023 provided an opportunity to explore this unprecedented time in rail, and to connect with the industry’s biggest infrastructure bodies, TOCs, ROSCOs and more, as we pushed innovation forward.
“Accelerate: Rail is a fantastic forum through which we can come together to truly evolve the rail industry.”
– Chief Operating Officer, Rail Delivery Group
2023 Event Speakers
Chief Information Officer,
Product Director, UK & Ireland, Vix Technology
Business Development Director, Transmission Dynamics
Business Lead Mobility Sector, Arcadis Gen
Partner, Advisory & Analytics, Amey
Head of Transport,
Director, Public Sector Transport, Salesforce
Key event themes from 2023
As the transition to Great British Railways gets well underway, we unpacked the latest news and updates from the project’s lead Andrew Haines and the CEO of Office for Road and Rail, as well as hosting pivotal discussions from various railway bodies about how this change will impact them.
Decarbonsation, electrification, MaaS, freight and more: we deep-dived into the future of sustainable travel with some of the industry’s top green thinkers, including Rail Freight Group and Transport for Wales.
We explored rail’s progress in putting the passenger first, with invaluable sessions from Chiltern Railways and LNER, and covered a range of topics from customer feedback and information distribution to connectivity and accessibility.
The digital railway
As the boundaries of the digital world keep evolving, we discovered how rail stays committed to pushing progress. We were inspired by insight from HS1 on advances in predictive maintenance, as well as talks on signalling, data integration and technology.
Ticketing and fares
At a time of immense reform, we saw how crucial discussions on the future of ticketing and fares played out – with gripping sessions from GBRTT and Great Western Railway on making rail attractive, affordable, and accessible to the consumer.
The modern workforce
We looked beyond the network to understand the workings and requirements of the modern workforce, with conversations from HS2 and the National Skills Academy for Rail on the future of rail modernisation, skill attraction and achieving diversity in the workplace.
2023 Event Agenda
Accelerate: Rail 2023
Chair's opening remarks
Making reform worthwhile: enacting change under Great British Railways
The digital railway
Devolution & levelling up
Building the workforce of the future