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AusRAIL day two preview: Inland Rail takes centre stage

Delegates at AusRAIL PLUS 2015. Photo:

The day two schedule for AusRAIL PLUS in Melbourne is highlighted by a panel discussion on the massive Inland Rail project.

After a constructive first day of talks, delegates will return on day two, to hear first from Public Transport Victoria boss Gary Liddle, who will talk about people and productivity in the passenger operations sector.

Siemens Mobility executive general manager Miximilian Eichhorn – an active member of the rail suppliers CEO Forum on day one – will discuss the journey to intelligent infrastructure, and ABH Consulting’s Anthony Hatch will teach lessons learned on US freight rail productivity.

After morning tea, a group of five key stakeholders will host a forum focused on Inland Rail.

The multi-billion dollar Inland Rail, still in its early stages, aims to see a heavy haul line connect Brisbane to Melbourne via an inland route which avoids much of the metropolitan congestion and bottlenecks along the eastern coastline.

Sydney Trains’ Rino Matarazzo will round up the morning’s plenary session to discuss the customer experience.

After lunch delegates will again split into the four technical streams: the RTSA Stream, which will focus on electrification and infrastructure projects; the RTAA Stream, which will focus on track solutions; the IRSE Stream, which will focus on smart design, and the Rail Suppliers Stream.

The full plenary schedule for day two is as follows:

  • 8.00 – Welcome coffee
  • 9.00 – Welcome and opening remarks – Danny Broad, CEO, Australasian Railway Association
  • 9.10 – People and productivity – Gary Liddle, CEO, Public Transport Victoria (PTV)
  • 9.40 – The journey to intelligent infrastructure – Maximilian Eichhorn, Executive General Manager, Siemens Mobility
  • 10.00 – US freight rail productivity lessons – Anthony Hatch, analyst/consultant, ABH Consulting
  • 10.30 – Morning tea served within the exhibition
  • 11.10 – The impact of Inland Rail on the agricultural supply chain
    • Peter Winder, Executive General Manager Interstate Network, ARTC
    • Greg Pauline, Managing Director, Genesee & Wyoming Australia
    • David Jochinke, Vice President, Victorian Farmers Federation
    • Lyn O’Connell, Deputy Secretary, Department of Agriculture & Water Resources
    • Rob Perkins, Business Development Manager, Ettamogah Rail Hub
  • 12.00 – Enhancing the customer experience – Rino Matarazzo, General Manager Customer Service NorthWest Region, Sydney Trains
  • 12.30 – Lunch served within the exhibition
  • 2.00 – Technical streams begin

Click here for the full AusRAIL schedule.

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