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12.30 Rail Delivery Group (RDG), Railway Industry Association (RIA) and High Speed Rail Industry Leaders (HSRIL)

Midland Hotel : Derby Suite

Reforming our Railways – how can a new partnership railway best deliver for customers and taxpayers?

Against the backdrop of the Williams Review, the panel will discuss the opportunity to create a more customer-focused and accountable railway model.


There is a real and widespread desire for change in the railway, and the Williams Review will provide a once-in-a-generation opportunity to secure a new overarching model of how the railway should be run to deliver for the country and our people. During the discussion, we will ask panellists to give their thoughts on the creation of a more customer-focused, joined-up and accountable system to deliver for passengers and good value for money for the taxpayer.

18.00 Greater Manchester Transport Committee

Midland Hotel : Rolls Suite

Greater Manchester Transport Committee reception

Our Network: An integrated city regional transport network with world class connections


Our Network: An integrated city regional transport network with world class connections is this years theme for the Greater Manchester Transport Committee reception. Invited speakers include the Secretary of State for Transport Grant Shapps and Minister of State for Transport Chris Heaton-Harris. Other invited speakers include Mary Robinson MP for Cheadle and Chris Green MP for Bolton West.

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