New speakers announced for first-ever ‘Future of Rail’ conference in Doncaster

Doncaster Mayor, Ros Jones.

Doncaster Mayor, Ros Jones.

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A number of high profile speakers are descending on Doncaster today for the first-ever conference to discuss the future of the rail industry.

Transport bosses will gather at Doncaster Racecourse for the Future of Rail conference.

Jake Rudham, a UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) rail sector specialist, Richard Wrigley, managing director of Beta Technology and Tim Hedley Jones, major projects director of Virgin Trains East Coast, will join the impressive list of speakers. Previously confirmed keynote speakers includes Terry Morgan CBE, chairman of Crossrail, Beth West, commercial director at HS2 Ltd, Graeme Clark, head of business development, Rolling Stock, of Siemens Rail Systems and Keith Jordan, managing director at Hitachi Rail Europe.

The event will showcase new cutting edge technologies, the future challenges of the rail industry and how firms can tap into the major opportunities that exist in the UK and across the world.

Doncaster mayor Ros Jones, said: “Doncaster has a proud rail heritage, a booming rail sector and is at the cutting edge of today’s industry. This is a great opportunity to put Doncaster on the map and for delegates to hear what the future holds for rail. With the National College for High Speed Rail set to open its doors in Doncaster in 2017 we are helping to shape the future direction of the rail industry and training the next generation of rail engineers.”

Mr Rudham added: “I will highlight the wealth of international opportunities available to UK suppliers and the help available through UKTI.” In September last year Doncaster and Birmingham were confirmed as the locations for the National College for High Speed Rail.