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Economic growth in Ireland has created significant challenges within transport infrastructure. Sustained investment is needed to ensure that Ireland continues to remain attractive for foreign investment. A National Development Plan (2000-2006) has been formulated by the government, which has assigned over Irish£17.6 billion for national and regional infrastructure development. Various funding options are available and this conference aims to explore the choices on offer and the suitability of the various methods.

Conference programme

8:30 8.30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 9.00 Chairman's Opening Remarks David Manley, Chamber President, Dublin Chamber of Commerce

9:10 OVERVIEW OF TRANSPORT FOR DUBLIN

Sean McGrath

Sean McGrath, Project Manager, Dublin Transportation Office

  • “A Platform for Change” – The DTO’s transportation strategy for the Great Dublin Area
  • Quantifying the effects - computer modelling of transport in Dublin
  • Using pricing to manage the system
  •  The interaction between land-use and transportation
  •  Transportation planning - a continuing process
  • 9:40 IRELAND’S FUTURE RAIL TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE

    Maurice Treacy

    Maurice Treacy, Principal Officer, Department of Public Enterprise

  •  Types of financing arrangements
  •  Expansion of the light rail Developments for Dublin’s metro system
  •  Developments for Dublin’s metro system
  •  Delivering heavy rail projects – interconnecting stations
  •  Sourcing finance for major rail schemes
  • 10:20 CASE STUDY ¡V LUAS

    Steve Kanowski

    Steve Kanowski, Senior Associate, Booz Allen Hamilton

  • „h Overview of the project
  • „h Competition issues
  • „h Risk Transfer
  • „h Proposed financing arrangements
  • „h Payment mechanisms
  • „h Promoting and ensuring value for money
  • 11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:20 FINANCING ROAD TRANSPORT VENTURES

    John Riordan

    John Riordan, Head of Origination and Execution, Global Project Finance, Bank of Ireland

  • „h Background ¡V the European model
  • „h Principal parties
  • „h Key risk considerations, and their allocation
  • „h Risk mitigants ¡V a lender¡¦s perspective
  • „h Implications for the Irish market
  • 12:00 CASE STUDY – DUBLIN AIRPORT

    Ray Gray

    Ray Gray, Director of Finance, Aer Rianta

  •  Major areas within the airport needing vital funding
  •  Developments for air infrastructure in and out of the region
  •  Investment in mainline rail proposal
  •  Expansion of public transport as a whole
  •  Financing from the National Development Plan – how will it be distributed
  • 12:40 Lunch

    13:40 ROAD PROJECTS FOR IRELAND

    Aiden Walsh

    Aiden Walsh, Partner, Corporate Finance, PricewaterhouseCoopers

  • Financing pilot PPP road projects
  • PPP road schemes which are DBFO contracts
  • Implementation of toll collection
  • Payment mechanism
  • Intentions of public or private financing for the long term
  • Optimum benefits for the national economy
  • 14:20 EUROPEAN CASE STUDY

    Mark Tubb

    Mark Tubb, Vice President, Global Project Finance, HypoVereinsbank

  • Overview of the risks
  • Mitigation of the risks
  • Building on this experience
  • 15:00 Afternoon Tea

    15:20 LENDERS TECHNICAL PERSPECTIVE

    Alasdair MacPhail

    Alasdair MacPhail, Divisional Director, Babtie Group

  • What are lenders looking for?
  • Key aspects for consideration
  • Contract structure
  • Advising financial institutions in the UK
  • The Far Eastern market
  • Lessons learnt
  • 16:00 COMPARITIVE CASE STUDY

    Kjell Sundberg

    Kjell Sundberg, Managing Director, A-Banan Project

  • Overview of the project
  • Creating a proposal to use private finance in multinational transportation deals
  • Developing effective financial models for future rail projects
  • Maximising a projects value through PPP
  • Specific risks associated with PPP rail contracts
  • Lessons learnt so far
  • 16:40 INTERGRATED TOLLING AND TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT

    17:10 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    17:20 Networking Drinks Reception

    8:30 Re-registration and Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks Desmond McCann, Head of PPP, Ernst & Young

    9:10 PRIVATE SECTOR PERSPECTIVE OF FUNDING TRANSPORT SCHEMES

     Examples of current transport infrastructure projects in Ireland

    Examples of current transport infrastructure projects in Ireland, Partner, Arthur Cox

  •  Legal background
  •  Developments in Transport Sector
  •  Are there any disincentives for financing from the private sector?
  •  Key considerations for the Irish market
  •  Examples of current transport infrastructure projects in Ireland
  • 9:40 REGULATORY REFORM AND PRIVATISATION OF IRELAND’S BUS SERVICES

    Fintan Towey

    Fintan Towey, Principal Officer, Department of Public Enterprise

  •  Regulatory reform of the bus market in the Greater Dublin area
  •  Regulatory reform of the national bus market
  •  Institutional reform of transport governance and regulatory structures
  •  Restructuring of C.I.E
  • 10:20 EVALUATING THE EXISTING TOLL ROADS IN IRELAND

    Ciarán Blair

    Ciarán Blair, Consultant, National Toll Roads

  •  East-Link and West-Link Bridges – how are they progressing?
  •  Introduction of electronic payment systems
  •  How does the public system benefit?
  •  VAT implications for toll roads
  •  Municipal rates are significant
  • 11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:20 A CIVIL ENGINEERS PERSPECTIVE

    David Taylor

    David Taylor, Director, Carl Bro Ireland

  •  CARL BRO’s role in achieving cost effective transport infrastructure development
  •  Creating innovative transport solutions: working to tight financial constraints
  •  Ensuring value for money & sustainability in transport projects
  •  Examples of projects worked on & the financial solutions provided within Ireland
  •  The effect of the consulting engineers on the financing arrangements
  • 12:00 CASE STUDY – EVALUATING THE PRIMA PROJECT

    Frank Jost

    Frank Jost, Scientific Officer, Road Transport, European Commission

  •  Overview of the PRIMA project
  •  Road pricing acceptance
  •  Evaluating optimal designs of road pricing schemes
  •  Identifying barriers towards implementation of electronic pricing systems
  •  Developing guidelines to remove barriers
  • 12:40 Lunch

    14:00 CASE STUDY – DUBLIN BUSES

    Paddy Doherty

    Paddy Doherty, Manager Business Development, Dublin Bus

  •  Overview of the Dublin bus system
  •  Major bus routes developments – Quality Bus Corridors
  •  Development of infrastructure in the region
  •  Expansion of public transport as a whole
  •  Financing from the National Development Plan – how will it be distributed
  • 14:40 VALUE FOR MONEY

    Ingrid Hirzebruch

    Ingrid Hirzebruch, Manager, AIB

  •  The public sector perspective
  •  The private sector perspective
  •  Key drivers of value for money in road schemes
  •  Impact of alternative forms of finance
  •  Projects worked on and the type of finance used
  •  Future developments for Ireland’s transport industry
  • 15:20 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 COMPARITIVE CASE STUDY ¡V FRANCE

    Patrick Vieu

    Patrick Vieu, Head of Toll Highways and Infrastructure Department, Ministry of Equipment, Transport and Housing, Paris, France

  • Overview of current road toll projects in France
  • Evaluating the level of infrastructure maintenance
  • What degree of financing is headed by the European Union?
  • Private vs Public financing schemes
  • Recent investment focuses within the road industry
  • 16:20 KEY CONTRACTUAL ISSUES IN ROAD PROJECTS IN IRELAND

    Kevin Kelly

    Kevin Kelly, Partner, McCann FitzGerald

  • KEY CONTRACTUAL ISSUES IN ROAD PROJECTS IN IRELAND
  •  Comparison with UK approach
  •  Electronic payment mechanisms
  •  Dispute Resolution
  •  Other issues
  • 17:00 Chairman's Closing Remarks and Close of Conference

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