The Rt. Hon Simon Burns MP, Minister of State for Transport, is to open Railtex 2013 at Earls Court in London on 30 April.
The minister’s speech will be a highlight of the seminar programme developed collaboratively by show organisers Mack Brooks Exhibitions and the Rail Engineer magazine.
Seminars on rail policy and technological developments will be staged in the exhibition hall. The sessions will be free and open to all.
The seminar programme also features keynote speeches by Network Rail Chairman Richard Parry-Jones, CBE, on 1 May and by Crossrail Chief Executive Andrew Wolstenholme, OBE, on 2 May.
Burns (pictured) was appointed Minister of State for Transport in September 2012, and is responsibilities at the DfT include overall rail strategy, London’s public transport system including Crossrail, and the planned HS2 high-speed line.
Event Manager Heidi Cotsworth said: “We look forward to welcoming the minister to Railtex. The Coalition Government’s support for major schemes like Crossrail and HS2, as well as for other investments in the network, sends very positive signals to the companies represented at this event. I have no doubt that everyone attending will be interested in what he has to say.”
The platform will see Railtex partner with Rail Champions in hosting an interactive forum on topical themes with panels of industry experts, while in the Project Update Theatre, project directors will outline the status of major UK rail schemes.
New for the 2013 event is the Railtex Awards, celebrating the achievements of companies taking part in the event.
The Railtex exhibition will include The Yard, a newly introduced display area for larger items of rail plant, and the On Track Display for rail-mounted machinery and tools.
Organiser Mack Brooks also runs the Infrarail series of rail infrastructure events in the UK. The company’s rail technology exhibitions also include EXPO Ferroviaria in Italy, Exporail in Russia, Exporail India and SIFER in France.
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