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RDG at Party Conference 2019

We are partnering with the Railway Industry Association (RIA) and High Speed Rail Industry Leaders (HSRIL) to hold fringe events at several of the Party conferences this year.

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Labour Party Conference 2019

The Rail Interview - with Andy McDonald, Shadow Secretary of State for Transport
Sunday 22 September
17.30 - 19.00
Osbourne Room, Hilton Metropole (secure zone)

Guardian Transport Correspondent Gwyn Topham will interview Mr McDonald on Labour's key rail policies and their priorities for the sector should they get into Government.

Fringe event: ‘A new partnership railway – could devolving more decisions on rail mean better results for passengers?’
Monday 23 September
12:45 – 14:00
Buckingham Room, Hilton Brighton Metropole (secure zone)

Speakers at the Fringe event include: Robert Nisbet, Director Nations & Regions, RDG (Chair); Darren Caplan, Chief Executive, RIA; Ruth Cadbury MP, Transport Select Committee Member; Sharon Hedges, Franchise Programme Manager, Transport Focus (invited); and Paul Plummer, Chief Executive, RDG.

The HS2 Drinks Reception
Monday 23 September
16.00 - 18.00
Birch Room, British Airways i360 (outside the secure zone)

The Reception will include speeches from: Jo Hensher, HSRIL; Lord Adonis, former NIC Chair and Transport Secretary; and Laura Smith, MP for Crewe & Nantwich (invited).


Conservative Party conference 2019

Exhibition Stand: 54
The RDG has an interactive exhibition stand in the main exhibition area, where politicians and conference goers alike will be able to pit themselves against one another on our interactive train driving experience. While there, members of the RDG team will be discussing with attendees how Britain’s railway has already delivered significant improvements, is changing today and how opportunities such as reform, can ensure lasting change for generations to come.

The Rail Interview - with Grant Shapps MP, Secretary of State for Transport (invited)
Sunday 29 September
17.30 - 18.45
Derby Suite, Midland Hotel (secure zone)

Guardian Transport Correspondent Gwyn Topham will interview Mr Shapps on the Government's key rail policies and their priorities for the sector.

Fringe event: 'Reforming our railways – how can a new partnership railway best deliver for customers and taxpayers?'
Monday 30 September
12.30 – 13.45
Midland Room, Midland Hotel (secure zone)

Speakers at the Fringe event include: Robert Nisbet, Director Nations & Regions, RDG (Chair); Chris Heaton-Harris MP, Rail Minister, Department for Transport; Jack Brereton MP, Transport Select Committee; Will Roberts, Director at HSRIL and Communications Director UK & Ireland at Alstom; Caroline Whittam, Head of Rail Franchising, TfGM (invited); and Paul Plummer, Chief Executive, RDG.

The HS2 Drinks Reception
Monday 30 September
16.00 - 18.00
Rooms 15-16, Radisson Blu Edwardian Manchester (outside the secure zone)

The Reception will include speeches from: John Downer, Director, HSRIL; Paul Maynard, Rail Minister; Andrea Jenkyns, MP for Morley & Outwood (invited).


Scottish Nationalist Party Conference 2019

Fringe event: 'The opportunities coming out of the Williams Rail Review – how can a New Partnership Railway can help deliver for passengers, businesses and the economy in Scotland?'
Monday 14 October
12.30 - 13.30
Meeting Room 4, The Event Complex Aberdeen (secure zone)

Speakers at the Fringe event include: Robert Nisbet, Director Nations & Regions, RDG (Chair); Michael Matheson MSP (invited); Alan Brown MP (invited); Gail Ross MSP (invited); Rachel Skinner, Executive Director & UK Head of Transport, WSP; Alex Hynes, Chief Executive, ScotRail Alliance.

 

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