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Light rail is set for making a comeback over the next few years, since March 2001 we have seen Government approval for three light rail schemes in the UK. Its political profile was also increased when Prime Minister Tony Blair opened the Manchester Metrolink extension, endorsing local regeneration and reducing road congestion. However, there still remain a number of barriers to overcome as local authorities seek to determine their own levels of borrowing and streamline the planning process and procedures.

This conference will keep all those involved in the metro and rapid transit sectors up to date with the latest developments in strategic planning, financing, deal structuring, bid negotiation and project management of schemes. Issues will be discussed in theoretical terms and through practical current case studies, giving a particularly focus on the progress, policies and future plans for current UK projects.

A unique opportunity to learn from leading industry experts including:
Thomas Amenta, Principal Corporate Finance, Transport For London (TfL)
Andy Morris, Managing Director, Light Rail, Stagecoach Light Rail
Chris Deas, NET Project Manager, Nottingham City Council
Joe Docherty, Chief Executive, Tees Valley Regeneration
Steve Nicholson, Project Director, SHRT1
Alex Macaulay, Project Director, Transport Initiatives Edinburgh
Chris Mulligan, Director General, G.M.P.T.E., Manchester
Per Als, Director of Operation, Copenhagen Metro, Orestad Development Corporation, Denmark
Alain Esteve, Chairman & CEO, Systra
Jim Gates, Managing Director - Light Rail Operations, Serco Integrated Transport
Robert Swift, Director, Project Export Finance, HSBC
Marcel van den Broek, Managing Partner, ECORYS Finance, Netherlands
François Boulanger, PPP Task Force Manager, Keolis, France

BENEFITS OF ATTENDING:
· ANALYSE recent successes and failures in urban light rail schemes
· PREDICT trends in the European market through case study approaches
· INVEST in key funding and financing issues associated with urban transportation
· DELIVER light rail projects in current markets
· ASSESS the integral part of the local public transport system
· IDENTIFY key issues in comprehensive planning and financing for local transportation

“Excellent, very interesting and largely relevant”,
David Cooper, Director of Infrastructure Finance.
Previous SMI delegate

Conference programme

8:30 Registration and Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Julian Ware

Julian Ware, Associate Director, KPMG Corporate Finance

9:10 DOCKLANDS LIGHT RAILWAY

Howard Smith

Howard Smith, Director, Docklands Light Railway

9:40 CASE STUDY

Jim Gates

Jim Gates, Managing Director - Light Rail Operations, Serco Integrated Transport

  • Integrating a new system – some lessons
  • Continual improvement in operating performance
  • Benefit of vertically integrated operations
  • Transferring best practice between operations
  • 10:20 PARTNERSHIPS THAT WORK

    FranÇois Boulanger

    FranÇois Boulanger, PPP Task Force Manager, Keolis, France

  • Analysing recent successes and failures in urban light rail
  • Schemes from theory to boardrooms
  • Infrastructure construction vs. public transport service provision
  • Efficient risk apportionment: keeping professionals in charge
  • Providing the right incentives
  • Recent examples of ways forward
  • 11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:20 BRINGING TRAMS TO NOTTINGHAM

    Chris Deas

    Chris Deas, NET Project Manager, Nottingham City Council

  • Key development objectives
  • Contract structure
  • Construction and commissioning
  • Integration with bus and rail
  • Proposals for further lines
  • 12:00 LIGHT RAIL IN TYNE & WEAR-WHERE NEXT?

    Bernard Garner

    Bernard Garner, Development Director, Nexus

  • Project Orpheus - Objectives - Technology - Funding - Programme
  • 12:40 Lunch

    14:00 SYSTEM INFRASTRUCTURE DESIGN

    Andy Curzon

    Andy Curzon, Engineering Director, Balfour Beatty Rail Projects

    14:40 DELIVERING PHASE 1 OF THE STRATEGY

    Steve Nicholson

    Steve Nicholson, Project Manager, SHRT1

  • Delivering the light rail projects in current markets
  • Background and summary of the SHRT1 project
  • Working in partnerships to form an integral part of the local public transport system
  • The types of funding methods available for Light Rapid Transit Systems
  • Regeneration of urban areas – how will this benefit Hampshire and Portsmouth Councils
  • The bidding process – selecting the right partner
    The future for local public transport systems
  • 15:20 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 FINANCING OF TRANSPORT PROJECTS

    Robert Swift

    Robert Swift, Director, Project & Export Finance, HSBC Bank

  • Success or failure
  • Key risk transfer issues
  • Private versus public funding
  • 16:20 FUTURE FINANCING FOR PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION

    Marcel van denBroek

    Marcel van denBroek, Managing Partner, ECORYS Finance

  • Principles of financing in the rapid transport and urban sector
  • Key future developments in the transport sector
  • How can companies stay attractive in the market?
  • Predicting trends in the European market
  • New projects - advantages and disadvantages
  • Lessons for the future
  • 17:00 Chairman's Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    8:30 Re-registration and Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Philip Wright

    Philip Wright, Partner, Trowers & Hamlins

    9:10 COPENHAGEN METRO

    Per Als

    Per Als, Director of Operation, Copenhagen Metro, Orestad Development Corporation, Denmark

  • Comprehensive planning and financing
  • An effective and stringent design based on customer needs
  • Contractual set-up: follow-up and incentives
  • From vision to day-to-day operation
  • Lessons learned for future improvements
  • 9:40 CASE STUDY

    Hans Van Westenbrugge

    Hans Van Westenbrugge, Project Manager, HTM Personenvervoer NV, Netherlands

  • New tramlines development
  • Ranstad Rail: transport system for the 21st century
  • Mixed use by heavy train and light rail
  • 10:20 CASE STUDY

    Alex Macaulay

    Alex Macaulay, Projects Director, Transport Initiatives Edinburgh

  • An overview of the proposed project
  • Sources of financing available
  • The bidding process
  • Criteria for evaluating bids
  • Time-tabling for upcoming work
  • What are the alternatives?
    Thinking Ahead
  • 11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:20 PLANNING FOR THE FUTURE

    Graham Read

    Graham Read, Head of Strategic Planning, South Yorkshire PTE

  • National, regional and local policies
  • National funding – on/off/on
  • Sustainability, accessibility and regeneration
  • Experience from South Yorkshire – Objective 1, SY Spatial Strategy, extension proposals
  • Future key issues and challenges
  • 12:00 BORDEAUX LRT

    Alain Estéve

    Alain Estéve, Chairman & CEO, Systra

  • An innovative approach · Usual French process · Failed PPP · Proposing a ‘Network concept’
  • An ambitious programme; 3 lines and 25 km for phase 1 · ‘Average’ French programme · Bordeaux’s ambition · Achievements
  • Technical, Innovation (Underground power supply)
  • 12:40 Lunch

    14:00 INSURANCE AND RISK

    Jon Gratton

    Jon Gratton, Associate Director, Corporate Construction Division, Aon Limited

  • Insurance and risk management
  • Current insurance market
  • Insuring metro/rapid transit systems
  • 14:40 FUNDING THE DEMAND FOR TRANSPORT IN LONDON

    Thomas Amenta

    Thomas Amenta, Principal Corporate Finance, Transport for London (TfL)

  • Planning and investing in integrated transport for London
  • London underground under a PPP scheme
  • Understanding the importance of the PPP scheme
  • Communication between public and private sector
  • 15:00 Afternoon Tea

    15:20 MANAGING RISK TO IMPROVE PROJECT AFFORDABILITY

    Dr Simon Temple

    Dr Simon Temple, Director, Faber Maunsell
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  • Risk associated with new projects
  • Allocation of risks between parties
  • How risk allocation affects project affordability
  • Opportunities to increase affordability through better risk allocation
  • 16:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Conference

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