With Railtex 2017 expected to be the biggest to date, the exhibition is firmly established as the place to be for those active in today’s thriving rail industry…

Railtex is the all-encompassing showcase for technological innovations across the entire rail supply market. It provides an unequalled opportunity for UK companies serving all aspects of the infrastructure and rolling stock sectors, for three days under one roof, to present their capabilities, meet their customers and be part of the industry’s networking event of the year.

Railtex attracts international visitors and exhibitors as well as industry leading keynote speakers – all of which provide the ideal platform for the industry to come together and do business.

First staged in 1993, Railtex has been the largest rail exhibition in the UK for more than 20 years and is Britain’s leading showcase for railway equipment, products and services, with a strong reputation for attracting visiting managers, engineers and buyers at the highest level.

With the exhibition as its centrepiece, Railtex additionally features a stimulating supporting programme encompassing keynote speeches, seminars and discussion forums all devised to highlight industry trends and – importantly – bring people together.

Feature areas and associated events

Railtex 2017 offers a wide variety of feature areas and associated events, which are open to all visitors to attend.


Keynote speakers

Tuesday 9th May, 11:50am, Seminar Theatre

Paul Maynard

Parliamentary under secretary of state, Department for Transport

Maynard was appointed to the role in July 2016. He was elected Conservative MP for Blackpool and Cleveleys in 2010.

Prior to his parliamentary career Maynard worked in politics within the Conservative Party and as part of the think tank Reform.  From 2010 to 2012, he was appointed to the Transport Select Committee and has also worked as parliamentary private secretary to the minister for government, Oliver Letwin.

Tuesday 9th May, 12:30pm, Knowledge Hub

Gordon Wakeford for Midlands Engine

Chair, Rail Supply Group

Wakeford is managing director, Mobility Division, for Siemens, responsible for leading the company’s Rail Systems, Rail Automation, Rail Electrification and Traffic Solutions businesses in the UK.  He is also chairman of the Railway Industry Association (RIA), which represents UK-based suppliers to the world’s railways.

Tuesday 9th May, 2:30pm, Seminar Theatre

Paul Plummer 

Chief executive, Rail Delivery Group

Plummer took up his role in November 2015. He began working in the railway sector in 1999 when he became chief economist and director of economics and finance at the Office of Rail Regulation (now Office of Rail and Road). He went on to join Network Rail in 2002, and in 2008 was appointed to the Network Rail board as an executive director and group strategy director at Network Rail Infrastructure. In 2011, he became one of two Network Rail members of the RDG.

Wednesday 10th May, 10:30am, Seminar Theatre

Dr Francis Paonessa

Managing director, Network Rail Infrastructure Projects

Paonessa joined Network Rail in 2014, having been managing director UK, Bombardier, which he joined in 2010 as president of UK rolling stock.  He is leading the delivery of £25 billion of infrastructure renewals and enhancements, comprising thousands of projects around the country.

Wednesday 10th May, 11:50am, Knowledge Hub

David Waboso 

Managing director, Network Rail/Digital Railway

Waboso is an internationally renowned engineer and project manager. He is currently managing director, Group Digital Railway at Network Rail, where he has accountability for leading the industry’s Digital Railway programme – a rail industry initiative to accelerate the deployment of digital signalling and train control to improve capacity, reliability and provide better connections for customers.

Thursday 11th May, 10:30am, Seminar Theatre

Professor Andrew McNaughton 

Technical director, High Speed Two Limited

McNaughton was appointed technical director of High Speed Two Ltd in February 2012, following two years as chief engineer.

He is also: special professor of rail engineering at Nottingham University; a visiting professor of engineering at both Imperial College London and Southampton University; vice chair of the EU Transport Advisory Group; chair of the European Rail Research Advisory Council; special advisor to the Australian government. He was previously chief engineer at Network Rail.

Thursday 11th May, 11:10am, Knowledge Hub

David Prout 

Director general, DfT/HS2 Ltd

Prout joined the Department for Transport in January 2013 as director general, High Speed Two, with overall responsibility for delivering High Speed 2.  Before joining the DfT, Prout was director general of the Communities/Localism Group at the Department for Communities and Local Government.

Seminar Theatre

The Rail Engineer is hosting a programme of keynote addresses by leading influential figures as well as seminars by representatives of companies taking part in Railtex highlighting developments in technology.

Tuesday 9th May

10:30 am

Opening ceremony

Paul Maynard MP

Parliamentary under-secretary, Department for Transport

11:10 am

Remote condition monitoring

Steve Roberts

Head of engineering, Unipart

11:50 am


Paul Maynard MP

Parliamentary under secretary, Department for Transport

12:30 pm

The Digital Railway: increasing capacity and improving reliability

Mark Ferrer

Operations director Digital Railway, Siemens Rail Automation

13:10 pm

Industry 4.0: embedded technology and condition monitoring

Gavin Stoppel

Product manager, Harting

13:50 pm

Rail milling: a key technology in rail asset management

Paul Baker

Director, Bakerail

14:30 pm


Paul Plummer

Chief executive, Rail Delivery Group

15:10 pm

Innovation in driveline efficiency – DIWARail Transmission: success through collaboration

Thomas Kriegel

Manager RAMS/LCC Department,


15:50 pm

The future of cargo on passenger trains

Dr Zane van Romunde

Senior consultant/head of transport sector, 42 Tech

Wednesday 10th May

10:30 am


Dr Francis Paonessa

Managing director infrastructure projects, Network Rail

11:10 am

Maximising asset value in rail: the role of technology In the Digital Railway age

Lee Braybrooke

Director of marketing, Trimble Rail

11:50 am

Low cost signalling solutions

John Slinn

Technical director, Park Signalling

12:50 pm

Creating a legacy throughout the UK through our railways

Nick Hughes

Sales director, Hitachi Rail Europe

13:10 pm

S.W.I.F.T. – superfast wireless in-train for future travel

Andrew Longyear/Steve Matthews

System engineer/senior account manager – Cisco

13:50 pm

The future for electrification control

Dr Paul Hodgson

Engineering manager – National SCADA, Telent

14:30 pm

Adhesive bonding – increasing design options and product performance for rail assembly and construction

Dr. Antonio Pagliuca

Senior technical specialist, 3M

15:10 pm

The connected train

Mike Hewitt

CTO/head of the next generation Networks, ADComms

15:50 pm

Rolling stock engineering: key point for a successful operation in time

Philippe Nativel

Engineering team leader, Masteris

Thursday 11th May

10:30 am


Professor Andrew McNaughton

Technical director, HS2

11:10 am

Intelligent infrastructure – intelligent drones: changing how the world makes decisions

Phil Storr

Director – UK Operations, MRL/Aerialtronics

11:50 am

Smart steel for sustainable systems

Daniel Pyke

Marketing manager, British Steel

12:30 pm

The Digital Railway: a toolkit of signalling interventions

Christian Fry

Director of strategy & market development – S&I, Alstom

13:10 pm

Keeping on the right track: how to future-proof your organisation at lowest-installed cost

Simon Westwood

Technical systems engineer, Panduit

13:50 pm

Importance of cable protection and its integrity

Ian Gibson

Technical director, Flexicon

14:30 pm

Innovation in temporary works within the rail industry: the use of BIM and lightweight composites

Stephen Baldwin

Marketing manager, MGF

Knowledge Hub

Throughout each day at Railtex there will be a selection of project updates, industry briefings and interactive discussion

forums by senior managers responsible for the implementation of current UK rail projects, and leading industry figures:

Tuesday 9th May

11:10 am


Julian Worth, Freight Forum chair

12:30 pm


Gordon Wakeford, chair, Rail Supply Group

13:10 pm

The Platform: productivity and industrial strategy

Shamit Gaiger, director of strategy, NSAR

Catherine De Marco, deputy director for infrastructure skills, DfT

Kirsty Derry, HR director, East Midlands Trains

Richard Postance, Infrastructure Projects Authority, HM Treasury

Peter Loosley, policy director, Railway Industry Association

13:50 pm

The Permanent Way Institution

Steve Featherstone, president, PWI & programme director track, infrastructure projects, Network Rail

Brian Counter, technical director, PWI

14:30 pm

MTR Corporation

Jeremy Long

15:10 pm

Panel discussion

Led by Gordon Wakeford, industry chair, Rail Supply Group

15:50 pm

Technology & strategic supply chain partnerships

Graham Hopkins, group director of safety, technical & engineering, Network Rail

Wednesday 10th May

11:50 am


David Waboso, managing director, Group Digital Railway, Network Rail

12:30 pm

Rail research & innovation network

Professor Simon Iwnicki, director of Institute of Rail Research, UKRRIN

13:10 pm

Design for reliability

Kevin Rayment, reliability process manager, Network Rail

13:50 pm

RTS – capability delivery plan

Guy Woodroffe/Trevor Bradbury, RSSB

14:30 pm

The Platform: infrastructure

Lord Adonis, chair, National Infrastructure Commission

Jo Kaye, strategy and planning director, Network Rail

Chris Curtis, head of Crossrail 2 at Network Rail

Transport for the North

Transport Scotland

15:10 pm

Better behaviours build a better industry

Kevin Tozer, head of collaborative working, Network Rail

15:50 pm

The technology development pipeline

Guy Woodroffe/Trevor Bradbury, RSSB

Thursday 11th May

11:10 am


David Prout, director general for HS2

12:30 pm

Skills for the future

Neil Robertson, chief executive, NSAR

13:10 pm

Diversity matters – [email protected]

Mark Lomas, head of equality, diversity & inclusion, HS2 Ltd

13:50 pm

The Platform: Midlands Engine

Maria Machancoses, Midlands Connect, programme director

Laura Shoaf, MD, TfWM

Malcolm Holmes, West Midlands Rail

David Ralph, CEO, D2N2

Network Rail

14:30 pm


Taya Leybman, director, technology and systems, Arriva

15:10 pm

Testing & trialling facilities

Amanda Mackie, RIDC

Robert Hopkins, Rail Alliance

The Rail Alliance Hub

The Rail Alliance Hub is a dedicated area of the exhibition where members of the Rail Alliance exhibit alongside one

another and promote their products, services and innovations.

The Yard

Supported by The Rail Plant Association and the Rail Alliance, The Yard brings the outdoors indoors with exhibitors

displaying their heavy plant and machinery.