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Come on, Wales! We chanted through the Six Nations up until the big win, and here we are again, filled with great hope, as Network Rail and its £2billion investment into rail infrastructure across Wales and its borders prepares for CP6 kick-off!

And what better way to initiate this next chapter than to congregate with over 400 industry players, at an organised event in which key speakers share insight and forecasts about upcoming goals, challenges and aims for the exciting developments ahead? So that’s exactly what what we did…

Yesterday evening on Thursday 4th April 2019 we were in attendance at the Welsh Transport Forum at Mercure Holland House Hotel, in Cardiff, hosted by Peleton Events UK Ltd with headline sponsors Perpetuum, Stadler, Centregreat Rail, Engie-ineo, Keltbray, TXM Plant, Taziker, Industrial, Griffith’s Civil Engineering and Construction, Tony Gee, Balfour Beatty, Tykon Group and SYSTA.

ARC GROUP UK Jenni Davies (left) Senior Marketing Executive April Gilson (right) BDM

 

As can be expected at a large industry event, pre-drinks were on the agenda and much discussion was had prior to the sit-down dinner. The hotel’s bar was bustling with industry business people… exchanging, observing and conversing on all-things relating to rail and beyond. A special mention to Gregory Fourgeaud of Engie-Ineo, Ryan Fleet and Adam Razzell of ARM and Bonita Raisbeck and her team from BN SHE Consultancy – all of whom were a pleasure to meet – and huge thanks to Andrew at Peleton events who was a superb host and great company. Good luck with the new quarterly publication ‘Tangent’, we look forward to seeing your first cover!

 

So opening the evening, came a warm welcome from Brian Meecham, who is BBC Business correspondence, Wales Today. Pictured below:

Tweet by @ceca_wales (guest)

@brianmeechan opening #WelshTransportForum with @NetworkRailWAL @transport_wales really looking forward to hearing how civil engineering contractors can support a C21st transport system for Wales

Also speaking to the captivated audience was Bill Kelly, Managing Director at Network Rail (Wales and Borders Route)

Tweet by @Melanie_Lawton (guest)

Fantastic to hear Bill Kelly, Managing Director at @NetworkRailWAL speaking at the Welsh Transport Forum with a promise to reopen @LeinDconwyVLine for the Eisteddfod in #Llanrwst Network Rail are on site and working to deliver the work schedule as a priority. #ConnectingWales

 

Followed by Lee Robinson North Wales Director Transport For Wales:

Tweet by @transport_wales

Our North Wales Director, Lee Robinson highlighted how we’re delivering on our vision of transforming transport across Wales and the borders to a packed audience of industry experts at last night’s Wales Transport Forum. #ConnectingWales

Then came the panel debate, for which there was much anticipation…

Lee Robinson (North Wales Director Transport for Wales), John Hannah, Operations Director, Centregreat, Jacob Dafydd Ellis, Communications and Public Affairs Lead (Commissioner for Wales), Carole-Anne Davies, Chief Executive (Design Commission for Wales) and Bill Kelly Managing Director at Network Rail Wales.

Network Rail will be working closely with Transport for Wales to maximise every investment opportunity, with the passenger’s requirements and views being at the forefront of decisions being made.

What was apparent throughout the discussions, is that over the next 5 years, the focus is strongly on putting passengers first, operating a railway people can rely on to get to their destinations safely and on time.

The investment breakdown is as follows:

  • £176 million (€206.37 million) on rebuilding and improving train tracks
  • £27.7 million (€32.48 million) towards boosting the rail network’s defences against extreme weather events
  • £135 million (€158.29 million) on improvements to signalling technology
  • The Barmouth viaduct, a prominent architectural icon of the Welsh rail system, will undergo a £22 million (€25.8 million) renovation.

What’s to be expected:  Modern trains, fast travel, faster connections, safe and reliable rail travel for customers travelling within, in and out of Wales.

The CP6 rail investment will support a separate tranche of funding from Transport for Wales, totalling £5 billion (€5.86 billion) across the next 15 years, aimed at boosting rail use. Transport for Wales’s investment will go towards deploying new trains, renovating stations around Wales; and increasing the passenger capacity of the Welsh rail network.

Collectively, the aim is to create a rail service that the people of Wales can be proud of. Meaning easier commutes, more enjoyable and accessible leisure travel, improved customer experiences and more travel choices for tourists, and achieving the goal of Connecting Wales – which is forecast to impact positively on many levels for many people – especially the customer.

The CP6 rail investment will of course support the separate tranche of funding from Transport for Wales, totalling £5 billion (€5.86 billion) across the next 15 years, aimed at boosting rail use. Transport for Wales’s investment will go towards deploying new trains, renovating stations around Wales; and increasing the passenger capacity of the Welsh rail network.

The Welsh Tranposrt Forum was a fantastic event. Huge thanks to Peloton-events.co.uk for their continued delivery of excellent Transport related events across the UK.

We would also like to mention Velindre, Wales, who were present at the event, and we hope that donations from the evening’s guests will help make an impact in supporting Wales’ premier cancer centre to continue to provide such excellent care, support and treatment to cancer patients and their families.

 

 

 

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