Sir Richard Leese, Leader of Manchester City Council to give speech at RAIL's National Rail Conference

Leader of Manchester City Council Sir Richard Leese will deliver a speech at RAIL’s National Rail Conference at the Midland Hotel in Manchester on November 1.

Leese will outline the major changes planned to Manchester’s rail network, and the pivotal importance of these investments to the continued regeneration of the city and to the future economic wellbeing of the north of England as a whole.

The significance of the short-term investment priorities, including completion of the Northern Hub investment programme, will be highlighted, as will the vital importance of the longer-term transformational increase in capacity and connectivity due to be delivered by HS2 and the proposals for improved east-west connections through Northern Powerhouse Rail. 

Leese will address the critical importance of investment in new physical infrastructure being integrated with (and complemented by) investment to deliver improvements in the quality and capacity of the north of England’s rail rolling stock, improved integrated ticketing arrangements and improved services. He will highlight the role that Rail North is playing, as evidenced by the outcome of the recent franchise renewals. He will stress the importance of such integrated investment programmes to the ambition of rebalancing the nation’s economy, and enabling the North to act as a more effective complement and counterweight to London and the South East.

Sponsored by Alstom and co-sponsors Systra and Morson International, The North: Leading the Way conference will feature speakers from across the industry delivering key insight into the future of the railway in the North.

Also speaking at the National Rail Conference are:

  • Mark Carne, Chief Executive, Network Rail
  • Henrik Anderberg, HS2 Director and MD Regional, Intercity & Services, Alstom Transport
  • Tim O'Neill, Chief Executive Officer, Systra
  • Alex Hynes, Managing Director, Arriva Rail North

And many more… To read the full list, visit here

BOOK NOW to secure your place at this significant event for rail in the North.

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