AusRAIL Preview: Industry panels highlight Day 1 program

Delegates at AusRAIL PLUS 2015. Photo:

A pair of panel sessions packed with big names from the Australasian rail and logistics industry will highlight the first morning of the AusRAIL Conference & Exhibition in Brisbane next week.

The annual Australasian Railway Association event kicks off at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre on November 21, opening with a packed morning plenary session.

An 11.10am industry panel focused on technologies that will impact rail’s development will no doubt draw a large audience. Facilitated by Transport for NSW’s Tony Braxton-Smith, the panel includes Bombardier Transportation’s Australian managing director Andrew Dudgeon, Downer Rail chief executive Michael Miller, Arup principal Anna Squire, Siemens Mobility executive general manager Max Eichhorn, Alstom Transport’s signalling managing director Paul Gill, and Ansaldo STS Australia chairman Michele Fracchiolla.

A second panel, at 12.15pm, will focus on one of the most crucial challenges facing the sector: Getting more freight on rail.

Facilitated by TasRail boss Damien White, the panel will include input from SCT Logistics managing director Geoff Smith, Arup Australasia business leader Priscilla Radice, Port of Brisbane trade strategy manager Tim Cope, NSW Ports GM of operations and environment Jonathan Lafforgue, and Arc Infrastructure GM of customer operations Neil Hamel.

For the full conference program, visit the official program:

Rail Express is the official media partner of the AusRAIL event.