The Infrastructure Show (NEC, Birmingham, 17-19 October) will offer visitors a fresh insight into today’s major rail infrastructure projects. There will be an opportunity to understand how these schemes are managed to reduce environmental impact while still meeting spending targets. And, of course, there will be the chance to see the latest product and system innovations in the sector.

A major highlight of the show will be its sector-focused hubs and Keynote Theatre. These will feature expert speakers from Network Rail, Crossrail, HS2, London Underground and others in a series of free-to-attend talks. The Rail Hub will also provide a forum for visitors to meet with specialist suppliers and manufacturers and see major project updates from the biggest clients.

The Rail Hub’s Crossrail Focus Day will take place on Monday 17 October. Lee Davies, Costain’s Rail Contracts Director, will offer a supplier’s perspective on the project and Martin Rowark, Crossrail’s Head of Procurement, will discuss procurement issues. In the afternoon Daniel Evans, Contracts Manager at Maccaferri, will host a panel debate looking at partner collaboration and innovation.

Tuesday 18 October is designated Network Rail Focus Day. Chaired by the rail engineer’s editor, Grahame Taylor, seminars will see Mark Prior, Head of Transportation at EC Harris, speak on Managing Cost and Tom Smith, Chairman, Association of Train Operating Companies (ATOC), will give his views on how will things change under a restructured Network Rail. Other talks on this day will see Network Rail presenters discuss sustainability and value for money issues whilst Dr David Cheer, Rockfall Mitigation Specialist at Maccaferri, will tell delegates how the innovative use of materials can create durable, value for money construction without incurring additional project risk.

A highlight of the Keynote Theatre programme takes place at 10:00 on Monday 17 October with Mike Ashley, Head of Stations at London Underground, taking part in a Leaders Panel alongside Steve Fox, Chief Executive at BAM Nuttall and Richard Coakley, Vice President of the ICE. They will discuss how best to deliver major infrastructure in the UK.

In the same theatre on Tuesday, Andrew McNaughton, Chief Engineer at HS2, will answer the question, ‘How will High Speed Rail 2 shape the future of rail construction and travel in the UK?’.

A diverse range of leading sector suppliers and manufacturers showcasing the latest product innovations will also be attending The Infrastructure Show. Among the major exhibitors already confirmed for the event are ACO Technologies, Cleshar Contract Services, Costain, CPM Group, CU Phosco Lighting, JCB, Peri Ltd, Severn Trent Services, Vinci Construction UK, Korec, Kosran, RMD Kwikform, Tony Gee & Partners and Topcon.

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