Grayling confirmed as Rail Live headline speaker

Britain’s Secretary of State for Transport Chris Grayling is to speak at Rail Live. The Conservative cabinet minister will launch the second day’s seminars, and heads a high-profile attendance list that already includes Network Rail Chief Executive Andrew Haines, who is to speak on day one.

The only exhibition to bring together the entire rail industry, Rail Live is to be held at the Quinton Rail Technology Centre, Long Marston, on June 19/20.

Subjects to be discussed at the event’s exclusive seminars include the opportunities offered to the supply chain, including through Network Rail, the Rail Sector Deal and through using data. Innovate UK will explain how it is supporting the rail supply chain through funding, while the Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education and the Rail Alliance will discuss how they support the acceleration of innovation.

Alternative power sources are to be represented by both Britain’s first hydrogen-powered train, the HydroFLEX, and Vivarail’s battery Class 230.

Rail Live will also include displays of a variety of ‘yellow plant’, with Balfour Beatty, Vp plc and SRS among the companies expected to attend. Also confirmed for the event are the British Transport Police and the Rail Accident Investigation Branch, as well as Network Rail’s survey helicopter.

It is also expected that delegates will be able to arrive at Long Marston directly by train, as Great Western Railway plans a dedicated charter from Paddington into the site. Further details of the train are still to be announced.

Now in its second year since being relaunched by RAILMagazine publisher Bauer Media in conjunction with the Rail Alliance, Rail Live 2019 is expected to attract 6,000-plus people and 250 or more exhibitors.

In addition to Chris Grayling and Andrew Haines, speakers will include: Shamit Gaiger, Deputy Director Industrial Strategy at the Department for Transport; Susan Cooklin, NR’s Managing Director of Route Services; and Rob Morton, NR’s Director of Supply Chain Operations, Route Services. Note that Grayling’s attendance is subject to Parliamentary business.

Rail Live is a trade show for individuals working in the rail industry. You will need to register with a verified industry email address to attend. The event, at the QRTC in Long Marston, is on June 19/20. The agenda can be downloaded from

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