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Expenditure on the UK’s national rail infrastructure of some £60 billion is foreseen over the first ten years of this century. The latest forecasts anticipate growth in passenger numbers of 50% and in freight traffic of 80% over the same period. There is also a renewed focus on urban rail schemes both in the capital and in metropolitan areas in the regions. As a result, continuing high demand for equipment and expertise will create major long-term opportunities for suppliers to the rail market in the UK.

This conference will cover the following key areas

Simulating investment decisions and planning

Major needs for increased maintenance of rail infrastructure

Processes designed to promote confidence between public and private players

Reducing track maintenance costs and improving track quality

Infrastructure improvements to increase line speed and raise capacity

Enhancing the efficient use of existing rail infrastructure

Speakers at previous Rail conferences have included: Paul Remington, Head of Structured Finance, Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi

Steve Huxley, Managing Director, Balfour Beatty Rail Maintenance

Kees Aling, Business Development Manager (UK), NedTrain

Michael Jamieson, Due Diligence Market Area Leader, Halcrow Rail

Peter Couldery, General Manager, Alfred McAlpine Rail

Lord Berkeley, Chairman, Rail Freight Group

Michael Powell, Head of Marketing & Sales, VST Comreco Rail

Andy Savage, Engineering & Safety Director, GT Railway Maintenance

Maurice Watson, Managing Director, Bailey Rail

Matthew Caffrey, Head of Telemetry Sales, Boward Computer Services

Cindy Mitchell, Corporate Sales, Datastream Systems (UK)

Previous Attendees at last year's event included Swedish State Railways, Irish Rail, Franklin & Andrews, Bank Of Scotland, Metrorail South Africa, E C Harris,

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Chris Brown

Chris Brown, Partner, Masons

9:10 EUROPEAN INVESTMENT BANK

Cheryl Fisher

Cheryl Fisher, Head of Division, Structured Finance and PPPs, UK, Ireland and Nordic Countries, European Investment Bank

  • Mission of the EIB
  • Project approval process
  • Practical examples of investment in road projects
  • 9:40 NEW DEVELOPMENTS IN ROAD FINANCE

    Stephen Paine

    Stephen Paine, Managing Director, UBS Investment Bank

  • Advantages of an intelligent public private partnership
  • Developing possible finance alternatives
  • Successful international toll road projects
  • Project experiences
  • New developments
  • 10:20 FINANCING TOLL ROADS

    Anthony Sykes

    Anthony Sykes, Deputy General Manager, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC)

  • Establishing the business need
  • What are the best funds for road schemes?
  • Typical financial structures for toll road projects
  • Successful risk management in road projects
  • Learning from previous toll road financing
  • 11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:20 LESSONS LEARNT FROM DUTCH PPP PROJECTS

    Michiel Faro

    Michiel Faro, Senior Partner, Van Doorne

  • The role of all parties during development and implementation
  • Current situation and future projects
  • What could have been done differently?
  • 12:00 PRIVATE SECTOR PERSPECTIVE ON EUROPEAN ROADS PROJECTS

    Julia Prescot

    Julia Prescot, Senior Director, Bank of Scotland

  • DBFO v real tolls – benefits and issues
  • Traffic forecasts and funding
  • Maintenance and contracts interface
  • Capital structures
  • New forms of financing
  • What has worked and what hasn’t

    Examples

  • 12:40 Lunch

    14:00 PRIVATELY FINANCED ROAD PROJECTS

    Mike Llywelyn-Jones

    Mike Llywelyn-Jones, Technical Director, Faber Maunsell

  • Features of privately financed road projects
  • The contractor’s designer role
  • The employer’s agent role
  • Constraints on the procurement process
  • Early contractor involvement
  • 14:40 FINANCIAL RESTRUCTURING OF ROAD PROJECTS

    Pearse Rutledge

    Pearse Rutledge, Partner, Ernst & Young

  • Refinancing of debt – benefits to shareholders, developments in financial markets and issues
  • Equity exit – timing and evaluation
  • Secondary equity market liquidity – nurturing the market, creating value transparency, negotiating exit and ensuring future value
  • Portfolio equity investment
  • Infrastructure investment funds
  • 15:20 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 CREDIT RATING

    Jon Manley

    Jon Manley, Associate Director, Standard and Poor’s

  • What is a Standard & Poor’s credit rating
  • Toll road ratings – overview of ratings and methodology
  • DBFO and PFI ratings – key credit risk issues
  • Case study
  • 16:20 A CIVIL ENGINEERERS PERSPECTIVE

    Mike Hayward

    Mike Hayward, Technical Director, Carl Bro

  • Achieving cost effective transport infrastructure development
  • Creating innovative transport solutions
  • Ensuring value for money and sustainability
  • Financial solutions provided
  • Effect of consulting engineers on financial arrangements
  • 17:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    8:30 Re-registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    James Abbott

    James Abbott, Editor, Modern Railways

    9:10 RAILWAY INVESTMENT

    Anton Valk

    Anton Valk, Managing Director NS International Business Group, Nederlandse Spoorwegen

  • Simulation as an integral planning tool for government, operators and rail infra
  • Demand driven timetabling and capacity planning
  • Investment in quality and reliability as a prerequisite
  • Improving productivity of assets
  • Optimising investments in infrastructure
  • 9:40 FINANCING TRANSPORT PROJECTS

    Darryl Murphy

    Darryl Murphy, Director, Newcourt Capital

  • Why mezzanine debt? The role within a financial structure
  • The sponsors perspective – bridging the equity gap
  • What’s in it for the investors
  • Structural issues
  • Case study and applications for the road and rail sectors
  • 10:20 NEW APPROACHES TO RAILWAY FINANCING

    Paul Tweedale

    Paul Tweedale, Head of Risk and Product Development, HSBC Rail, UK

  • Principles of project finance
  • Typical problems associated with railway project finance
  • Unique aspects of finance for railway sector projects
  • New ways of structuring finance
  • Considerations when raising finance for railway projects
  • Opportunities for investment in the rail industry
  • 11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:20 A RAILWAY INDUSTRY SAFETY BODY

    Rod Muttram FREng

    Rod Muttram FREng, Chief Executive, Railway Safety

  • Railway Group Standards
  • Spreading good practice
  • National initiatives: · National SPAD Focus Group · Track Safety Strategy Group · CIRAS · ERTMS planning/development
  • The Railway Safety Research Programme
  • The European interface
  • 12:00 LONDON UNDERGROUND: PUBLIC PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS

    Martin Callaghan

    Martin Callaghan, PPP Director, London Underground

  • What the PPP offers London
  • Why Public Private Partnership?
  • Involving the private sector in financing and building public infrastructure
  • Aligning public and private sector objectives
  • Allocation of risk
  • Maintaining standards of safety
  • 12:40 Lunch

    14:00 REGULATING A CHANGING NETWORK

    Tom Winsor

    Tom Winsor, Rail Regulator, Office of the Rail Regulator

  • Role of the independent regulator
  • Funding framework and the implications on the network
  • Need for reforms in the matrix of contracts and licenses
  • Empowering companies to achieve a better network
  • Accountability of companies
  • Creating a unified industry
  • 14:40 THE PRIVATE SECTOR PARTICIPATON: ORGANISING A PPP/PFI APPROACH

    Jack W Lillywhite

    Jack W Lillywhite, Manager of Business Development, Bechtel Rail

  • Overview of project development and execution approaches
  • Industry changes and drivers that have created the PPP/PFI environment
  • PPP models and their operating structures
  • Strategic considerations by contractors for PPP participation and approaching major project developments
  • Organising PPP/PFI relationships and defining development and execution relationships
  • Optimising risk allocation, public sector responsibility and private sector contribution
  • 15:20 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 MANAGING PROJECT PREPARATIONS

    Aranyosy Zoltán

    Aranyosy Zoltán, Technical Advisor, Hungarian State Railways

  • Ensuring implementation of the ‘freeway’ concept
  • Trial project
  • The ETCSVB consortium
  • Financial support for the Hungarian development process
  • Tender preparation, tendering and evaluation
  • Experiences gained from the trial project
  • 16:20 CASE STUDY – LONDON CITY AIRPORT LIGHT RAIL LINK

    Howard Smith

    Howard Smith, Director, Docklands Light Railway

  • Benefits of new link to London City Airport
  • Aligning contractor and client objectives for best result
  • Funding structure of infrastructure project 5
  • Section 106 agreements
  • Planning for future extensions
  • 17:00 Chairman's Closing Remarks and Close of Conference

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