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The European rail industry stands on the edge of major change. The pressure on governments for rail funding has never been greater – but few can afford new projects.

This predicament has driven the private sector to respond to public sector projects in a range of different financial ways. It has also been the force behind the spread of commercialisation/privatisation beyond Europe into emerging rail markets and the birth of PPP in developed markets.

Confirmed speakers:

Lord Tony Berkeley, Chairman, Rail Freight Group
Peter Richards, Project Director, East London Line, Transport for London
Bernard Gambrill, Head of Public Affairs, Cross London Rail Links
Alan Stevens, Chief Financial Officer, Central Railways plc
Peter Regan, Principal, Corporate Finance, Transport for London
Joachim Scheider, Desk Officer, TEN Project Management, DG Energy and Transport, European Commission
Thomas Vieillescazes, Head of Major Infrastructure Projects Unit, French Ministry of Transport

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Adrian Lyons

Adrian Lyons, Director General, The Railway Forum

9:10 INVESTING IN EUROPEAN RAIL

Joachim Schneider

Joachim Schneider, Desk Officer, TEN project management, European Commission (E C)

  • Challenges in the railway industry
  • The need for high speed rail routes in Europe
  • Financing options
  • Benefits of PPP in the European rail industry
  • Implications of PPP in the European rail industry
  • 9:50 INVESTING IN EUROPEAN RAIL PROJECTS

    Tilman Seibert

    Tilman Seibert, Head of Division, European Investment Bank

  • Objectives and priorities of the EIB
  • The demand for rail investment
  • Risks involved in investing in rail
  • New financing initiatives
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 CASE STUDY – CROSSRAIL PROJECT

    Bernard Gambrill

    Bernard Gambrill, Head of Public Affairs, Cross London Rail Links

  • Overview and progress
  • Need for the project
  • Benefits of the Crossrail project
  • Financing of the project
  • 11:40 CASE STUDY - EAST LONDON LINE EXTENSION

    Peter Richards

    Peter Richards, Project Director, East London Line, Transport For London (Tfl)

  • Latest developments of the project
  • Need for an extension of the line
  • Cost of project causing delays
  • Benefits of extending the East London Line
  • How is the project financed?
  • 12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:50 CHANNEL TUNNEL RAIL LINK SECURITISATION

    John Mayhew

    John Mayhew, Director, Barclays Capital

  • Why was section 1 of the CTRL securitised?
  • How was it structured?
  • What were the major risks involved?
  • What are the future applications of the structure?
  • 14:30 PPP PROJECTS BETWEEN FRANCE AND SPAIN

  • Project framework and expenditure
  • Financial outline
  • Analysis of project realisation
  • Co-operating between the two countries
  • Benoit Chevalier

    Benoit Chevalier, Head of International Affairs of the Land Transpor, French Ministry of Transport

    Thomas Vieillescazes

    Thomas Vieillescazes, Head of Major Infrastructure Projects Unit, French Ministry of Transport

    15:10 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 PPP IN GERMANY

    Ulrich Eder

    Ulrich Eder, Managing Director, Due Finance Wirtschaftsberatung Gmb H

  • First come, first served: how to identify German market opportunities for the European railway industry
  • The German players: rail operators, infrastructure managers and the red giant
  • Pay as you earn: adjustment of the financing structures to the shortfall of municipal guarantees
  • The future: private partnerships and rail in the year 2015
  • 16:20 CASE STUDY – COPENHAGEN METRO

    Per Als

    Per Als, Director of Operations, Copenhagen Metro, Orestads Development Corporation

  • Overview of project
  • Contractual structure and financing of the first three phases
  • Perspectives of establishing a new Metro Circle Line in Copenhagen
  • Lessons learned on structure and financing
  • 17:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    9:10 RAIL FREIGHT

    Tony Berkeley

    Tony Berkeley, Chairman, Rail Freight Group

  • Private sector investment within a publicly funded industry
  • Financing rail freight growth
  • The impact the Railways Act 2005 will have on the rail freight industry
  • The future of the rail freight industry
  • 9:50 CENTRAL RAILWAY – APPROACHES TO COMMERCIAL AND POLITICAL RISK

    Alan Stevens

    Alan Stevens, Chief Financial Officer, Central Railways

  • Summary of Central Railway’s project and commercial viability
  • Company’s proposals to mitigate principal risks to Government and taxpayer
  • Risk created by Governments – approval processes, subsidised competition and regulation
  • Ahead of its time? Government prefers private funding for its own non-commercial projects
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:10 INVESTING IN RAIL

    Paul Tweedale

    Paul Tweedale, Head of Risk and Product Development, HSBC

  • Financing options for rail
  • Risks involved
  • How to manage these risks?
  • Examples of projects
  • 11:50 CONTINUED INNOVATION IN LONDON RAIL FINANCING

    Peter  Regan

    Peter Regan, Principal, Transport For London (Tfl)

  • Overview of the DLR
  • How was the Woolwich Arsenal extension procured and financed?
  • Innovative de-risked debt structure – rationale and benefits
  • Financing the new DLR rolling stock
  • What next for DLR financing?
  • 12:30 Networking Lunch

    14:10 RAIL INFRASTRUCTURE APPRAISAL

    Sally Wiseman

    Sally Wiseman, Associate Director, Turner & Townsend Management Systems

  • Business case
  • Transport appraisal criteria
  • Regeneration case
  • Gateway V GRIP process
  • Alignment of appraisal process
  • Proving the case
  • 14:50 PANEL DISCUSSION

  • Where will we be in a year/ 5 years?
  • Has liquidity ever been so good?
  • Will capital markets dominate?
  • Dealing with the political fallout of refinancing upside
  • What could dent lender appetite?
  • Bernard Gambrill

    Bernard Gambrill, Head of Public Affairs, Cross London Rail Links

    Peter  Regan

    Peter Regan, Principal, Transport For London (Tfl)

    Alan Stevens

    Alan Stevens, Chief Financial Officer, Central Railways

    15:30 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One followed by Afternoon Tea

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