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Impressive line-up for International Railway Summit conference programme

Press Release   •   Jan 12, 2017 08:30 GMT

Key rail industry leaders will share their experience and insight as part of the conference programme at the 4th International Railway Summit to be held on 15-17 February 2017 at the headquarters of the International Union of Railways (UIC) in Paris.

An impressive array of senior figures from global organisations and associations, national and regional operators, as well as experts in technology and design, will deliver the summit’s conference programme, which is curated by International Railway Journal.

The opening session on 16 February will tackle the future of rail with presentations from Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, Director General of UIC, Guillaume Pepy, President of French National Railways (SNCF), and Josef Doppelbauer, Executive Director of the EU Agency for Railways.

The future of regional passenger rail services will then be debated by Michel Quidort, Member of the Board of FNAUT, the French public transport users’ association, Jeremy Long, CEO of European Business at MTR Corporation, who operate London’s Overground and Crossrail services and Stockholm Metro, and Erich Forster, CEO of Westbahn, operator of express train services in Austria.

Concluding the first day’s programme will be speeches addressing Shift2Rail, Europe’s joint undertaking, which seeks to accelerate technological adoption, improve passenger experience and increase sustainability. Carlo Borghini, Shift2Rail’s Executive Director, Professor Andy Doherty, Network Rail’s Chief Technology Officer, and Pierre Izard, SNCF’s Chief Technology & Rail Systems Officer will bring delegates up to date on the initiative.

The second day’s programme will begin with a discussion of the impact of Uber and autonomous driving on urban rail. The keynote speakers for this session will be Alain Flausch, Secretary General of the International Association of Public Transport (UITP), Franck Avice, Member of the Executive Board of the Paris transport operator RATP Group, Christophe Sapet, CEO of NAVYA, developers of 100 % electric and autonomous transport vehicles, and Transport for London’s Director of Strategy & Contracted Services, Gareth Powell.

The first afternoon sessions on the second day will explore whether train designs are fit for purpose in the 21st century, with contributions from Wolfram Schwab, VP Regional Platform - Products & Innovation at Alstom, Kurt Bauer, Long-Distance Passenger Director at Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB) and Neil Bates, Director of design and engineering consultancy Creactive Design.

A glimpse into the future will bring the 4th International Railway Summit’s conference programme to an end, asking whether the digital railway will indeed be a game changer for the industry. Philippe Citroën, Director General of the Association of the European Rail Industry (UNIFE), Manuel Gerres, Managing Director of Deutsche Bahn Digital Ventures, Keith Dierkx, Global Industry Leader, Rail at IBM and Francis Bedel, IT Manager of UIC will share their expertise.

Delegates will also enjoy several technical reviews from expert solution providers, on such topics as onboard internet provision and telematics devices, passenger information, power and energy control systems and track maintenance.

Complementing the conference programme throughout the summit will be one-to-one consultation meetings between buyer and expert organisations, technical visits and networking dinners, which will offer delegates a unique opportunity to forge and strengthen business collaborations.

Organisations and individuals interested in learning more about International Railway Summit and about how they can participate in the event can visit www.irits.org or contact the organisers, IRJ and IRITS Events.

International Railway Summit is a meeting of senior executives representing the world’s key rail operators, rail infrastructure management companies, national and local governments, rolling stock manufacturers and a wide range of solution providers.

International Railway Summit provides a 'matchmaking' service between rail industry leaders ('buyers') and technical experts ('suppliers'), based on buyer delegates' project requirements and the proven expertise of large and small suppliers that we have carefully handpicked. Based on this matchmaking, buyer delegates attend one-to-one consultation sessions with suitable suppliers during the annual summit.

In addition to the one-to-one meetings, delegates also attend a conference programme given by key industry leaders and experts and network over lunches and dinners with their counterparts and industry colleagues from all over the world. International Railway Summit is co-hosted by International Railway Journal and IRITS Events and will take place on 15-17 February 2017 in Paris, France.

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