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AusRAIL preview: Star-studded lineup for final day

Warren Truss. Photo: Cameron Boggs

Anthony Albanese, Warren Truss, and CEO’s from Australasia’s biggest rail businesses will help wrap up AusRAIL PLUS 2015 in Melbourne on Thursday.

Former deputy prime minister and current shadow minister for transport and infrastructure, Anthony Albanese, will open proceedings with an Opposition address.

He will be followed by presentations by ARA chairman Bob Herbert, then Pacific National director David Irwin.

After morning tea, a forum including Qube managing director will discuss the role of short haul rail in ports and intermodal terminal.

An address by CEO of the Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator will be followed by a presentation by Keolis Downer CEO Benedicte Colin, and Keolis UK CEO Alistair Gordon.

Sydney Trains boss Howard Collins will make the final solo presentation of the event, before the highly-anticipated CEO Forum, which will feature leaders from just about every key rail business in Australia and New Zealand.

Delegates will re-convene on Thursday evening for the AusRAIL PLUS 2015 Gala Dinner, which will feature an address from deputy prime minister and minster for infrastructure and regional development Warren Truss.

See the full day three schedule below:

  • 8.00 – Welcome coffee
  • 9.00 – Welcome and opening remarks
  • 9.10 – Federal Opposition Address – Anthony Albanese, Shadow Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development
  • 9.30 – ARA Chairman’s Address – Bob Herbert AM, Chairman, Australasian Railway Association
  • 9.50 – Rail’s role in the modern logistics chain – David Irwin, Director, Pacific National
  • 10.10 – Morning tea served within the exhibition
  • 10.40 – Forum: The role of short haul rail in ports and intermodal terminals
    • Facilitator: Phil Allan, Chief Operating Officer, Australasian Railway Association
    • Marika Calfas, Interim CEO, NSW Ports
    • Robert Comley, General Manager of Ports Logistics, SCT Logistics
    • Maurice James, Managing Director, Qube Holdings
    • Andrew Adam, General Manager National Intermodal, Pacific National
    • Jim Stevenson, Chairman, The Intermodal Group
  • 11.30 – National approach to rail regulation and performance – Sue McCarrey, CEO, The Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator
  • 12.00 – Lunch served within the exhibition
  • 1.10 – It’s not rail alone but an Integrated Transport Solution – Bénédicte Colin, CEO, Keolis Downer, and Alistair Gordon, CEO, Keolis UK
  • 1.30 – Making public transport smarter – Howard Collins, Chief Executive, Sydney Trains
  • 1.50 – CEO Forum
    • Nick Clark, CEO, Transdev Australasia
    • Peter Winder, Executive General Manager Interstate Network, ARTC
    • Kevin Wright, Chief Operating Officer, Queensland Rail
    • Geoff Smith, Managing Director, SCT Logistics
    • Bénédicte Colin, CEO, Keolis Downer
    • Greg Pauline, Managing Director, Genesee & Wyoming
    • Howard Collins, Chief Executive, Sydney Trains
    • David Irwin, Director, Pacific National
    • Andrew Lezala, CEO, Metro Trains Melbourne
    • Paul Larsen, CEO, Brookfield Rail
    • Rob Mason, Chief Executive, NSW TrainLink
    • Peter Reidy, CEO, KiwiRail
    • Clément Michel, CEO, Yarra Trams
  • 3.00 – Close of AusRAIL PLUS 2015
  • 7.00 – AusRAIL PLUS 2015 Gala Dinner, featuring Address from Warren Truss, Deputy Prime Minister; Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development.

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