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11 April 2014


We were delighted to be invited to join a number of rail businesses at this year’s Derby & Derbyshire Rail Forum's Annual Conference in April. 

A pre-conference dinner was held at The Marquee, Derbyshire County Cricket Club, on 9th April 2014 with guest speaker, Lilian Greenwood MP. Shadow Minister for Transport. 

The annual conference is now firmly established as one of the major events in the railway industry's calendar. This year's conference took place on Thursday 10th April 2014 with Daniel Taylor and Melanie Ast from our rail team, in attendance.
Rupert Brennan Brown a spokesman for DDRF said "This is a key event for the local rail industry, and calibre of speakers shows just how highly the local supply chain is regarded by the wider rail industry. Our annual conference will take place just days into the new 'Control Period' which lasts five years and will see billions of pounds invested in improving the railways for both passenger and freight customers. This is a major opportunity for all those interested in the future of the railway network to understand what this massive level of investment will mean to both suppliers and users of Britain's railway."

Speakers on the day included: Rt Hon Patrick McLoughlin MP, Clare Moriarty, Martin Griffiths, Michael Roberts, Patrick Butcher and Maggie Simpson – all of whom are key figures within the rail industry.

Daniel Taylor, our Head of Rail commented on the conference: “The key note speakers played a big part in what was a very successful morning, highlighting the £38bn investment in UK rail within the next 5 years. The speakers spoke of some interesting topics and gave the heads up on new developments which included the HS2 Academy and that HS2 is in fact, the biggest transport project since the beginning of motorways!

It all bodes well for Derby’s rail industry and highlighted how truly important recruiting transferrable skills, investment in graduates and sharpening up employer brand is going to be pivotal to the success of securing and delivering major rail projects.”  

For more information on the DDRF please visit www.derbyrailforum.org.uk  

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