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Devolving Rail to the Regions

Devolving Rail to the Regions

Capturing the opportunities offered by decentralising local rail services

17 May 2012
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The Department for Transport has published a consultation paper on devolving responsibilities for passenger rail services to Northern  Passenger Transport Executives and local authorities. Devolution of rail to the regions potentially heralds the most significant change to the railways since privatisation.

The potential and challenges are enormous. Railway usage is the highest in any peace year since 1920. Raising petrol costs together with more sophisticated ticketing are set to drive further growth. To sustain growth and potentially transform delivery, local vision, leadership and creativity will be required. Rail devolution promises new opportunity to deliver a more responsive, more integrated railway. The challenge is how best do we unlock these benefits for passenger, regional communities and their economies.

The DfT are consulting on five options for devolving rail powers:  

  • What are the pro’s and cons of these various options?

  • What governance structure will work for the various partners involve?

  • How will the interests of Local Authorities not participating be protected?

This timely brings together a wealth of expertise to examine experience of devolved rail across England, Scotland and Wales.  We ask where  has regionalisation worked in Europe and what can we learn. The views of PTE’s Local Authorities and TOC’s will be balance by independent expert viewpoints.  Join us at the vanguard of this crucial discussion.

Benefits of attending

  • Hear about the DfT’s proposal and 5 consultation options for rail devolution

  • Explore what real difference devolution might bring to local rail and how the benefits can captures for communities and economies

  • Find out which functions will remain ‘national’ and how they relate to the regions

  • Examine how devolution will affect passengers

  • Discuss the opportunities for improving, integration, planning, management and value for money

  • Learn from European experience

  • Hear what devolved rail powers have meant for Scotland and Wales

  • Debate the benefits and disbenefits of devolved operations and partnerships

  • Discuss the barrier to rail devolution and consider how they can be overcome

Who should attend?

  • Pteg and the ITAs, TfL

  • Local authorities: planning and transportation

  • Transport consultants

  • Passenger franchise and open access operators

  • Transport and planning lawyers

  • DfT, DCLG, The Treasury, Welsh Assembly Government and the Scottish Government

  • Network Rail, ORR, RSSB

  • Rail infrastructure suppliers, contractors and manufacturers

  • Rolling stock leasing companies and manufacturers

  • Civil engineers

  • Property developers and retailers

  • Railways trade unions

  • Investors, private equity companies and infrastructure funders

Speakers include:

  • Norman Baker, Transport Minister

  • Andrew Fender, Chair, Transport for Greater Manchester Committee

  • Stephen Clark, Rail Programme Director, Transport for Greater Manchester

  • Frances Duffy, Director of Transport, Welsh Government

  • John Kitchen, Rail Officer, Cumbria County Council

  • Richard Burningham, Manager, Devon and Cornwall Rail Partnership

  • Ingemar Lundin,  former Director of Jonkoping Transport Authority, Sweden

  • Roger Cobbe, Policy Director, Arriva Trains

  • Prof. Paul Salveson, The University of Huddersfield/New Transit

  • Jonathan Bray, Director, PTEG

  • Nick Maltby, Partner, Bircham, Dyson, Bell

  • Frank Roach, Partnership Manager, HITRANS

  • Richard Middleton, Head of Surface Transport, Leigh Fisher

  • Ed Cox, Director, IPPR

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Delegate rates

Commercial/Private Sector Delegates

£265  +VAT

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Local Authority/Public Sector Delegates

£145 +VAT

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