RAIL SUMMIT TO BRING TOGETHER EUROPE'S RAILWAY INDUSTRY
The European Rail Congress runs across 12th-13th November in London and brings together the European railway industry to discuss and debate important developments that will determine the future of the European rail sector.
Rail has strong advantages over other forms of land transport. It provides efficient, high quality and safe connectivity across Europe; reduces Europe's emission of greenhouse gases; boosts jobs and economic growth; and facilitates European competitiveness.
Its railway industry employs around 800,000 workers with more indirect employment in manufacturing and rail related services, generating a turnover of €73bn. Growth is expected to reach 2.7% each year for the next five years, producing further jobs.
More than 8 billion passenger journeys are made by train each year across Europe. As the greenest form of major transport, boosting the switch to rail has the potential to further help reduce greenhouse gases.
Rail is also critical to joining up the trans-European transport network which we need for economic growth and efficiency. A truly unified transport network will deliver safer, smoother and less congested travel, with shorter journey times.
With such obvious benefits, why has rail been unable to occupy the mode share it deserves? While its market share across passenger transport is stable, it still only remains around 6%, while freight's share is falling.
The European Commission believes the answer lies in the fragmented nature of its network and market and has published proposals for the Fourth Railway Package which it says will help rail to thrive. The proposals aim to develop a strong and competitive rail transport industry through opening up the rail transport market to competition; improving the interoperability and safety of national networks; and developing rail transport infrastructure.
View the latest agenda and book your place now at www.europeanrailcongress.com
Other confirmed speakers include:
David Martin, Chief Executive, Arriva;
Klas Wahlberg, CEO of Bombardier Transportation in Sweden and Chief Country Representative
Keir Fitch, Deputy head of cabinet of Siim Kallas, Vice-President of the European Commission in charge of transport
Brian Simpson MEP, Chairman, European Parliament's Transport and Tourism Committee
Marcel Verslype, Executive Director, European Railway Agency;
Trevor Garrod, Chairman, European Passenger Federation
Monika Heiming, Executive Director, European Rail Infrastructure Managers (EIM)
Mike Brown, Managing Director London Underground & London Rail;
Paul Plummer, Group Strategy Director, Network Rail
Richard Price, Chief Executive, UK Office of Rail Regulation
Anders Ygeman, Chairman of the Committee on Transport and Communications, Swedish Parliament
John Smith, CEO, GB Railfreight
Lord Tony Berkeley, Chairman, Rail Freight Group
Dominique Riquet MEP, Vice-Chair of European Parliament's Transport & Tourism Committee
Ed Thomas, Director of transport advisory group, KPMG
Alain Flausch, Secretary General of the International Association of Public Transport (UITP)