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Urban Rail 2024

Delivering the smart and sustainable mobility of the future

18-19 June 2024 | Sofitel Brisbane

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Join us in world-class sustainable Brisbane for Urban Rail 2024 on 18-19 June at the Sofitel Brisbane as we bring together stakeholders across every level of the light rail, suburban rail, metro and high-speed rail passenger rail sector to hear cutting-edge case studies and lessons learned from projects locally and globally.

Urban rail is reshaping the Australasian landscape by reducing traffic congestion and greenhouse emissions and transforming the way we travel by offering smart solutions and multimodal connections.

Becoming the second city in the world to achieve this recognition, Brisbane’s recent gold level achievement under the United Nations’ (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Cities Global Initiative was largely due to transport wins such as Brisbane Metro, a fully-electric high-capacity mass transit system saving 50,000t of emissions over 20 years.

Across Australia, projects such as Sydney Metro, Melbourne Suburban Rail Loop, Light Rail Extensions and Cross River Rail are focussed on meeting the transport needs of the +22,000million people who live in Australia’s largest cities.

Get involved to review all the recent project, policy and technology developments in the sector. Stay tuned for more announcements!

Topics to be discussed include:

Project Updates

  • Latest progress on new rail projects, programs, and upgrades
  • Strategies to streamline procurement and improve construction productivity to accelerate delivery

Network and Rollingstock Improvements

  • Interoperability and long-term strategies around fleet and asset management
  • Next generation rollingstock
  • Integrating rail and precinct design aspirations with community needs

Decarbonisation, Network Resilience and Sustainability

  • The journey to net zero
  • Strategies to mitigate climate change and extreme weather

Safety and Standards

  • Level crossing safety
  • Sharing safety best practice
  • Adopting national standards towards harmonisation

Technology and Innovation

  • Digital Innovation
  • Accelerating the adoption of new technology
  • Showcasing the latest products, research findings and services

Data

  • Taking advantage of new data sources for increased efficiency and safety
  • Improvements in customer communication and service
  • Making data accessible across organisations

2024 Speakers

Kat Stapleton

Chief Executive Officer, Queensland Rail

Phil Mumford

Chief Executive Officer, GoldLinQ

Frankie Carroll

Chief Executive Officer, Suburban Rail Loop Authority

Graeme Newton

Chief Executive Officer, Cross River Rail Delivery Authority

Georgia Gosse

Principal, Infrastructure Advisory, Aurecon

Ben Phyland

Head of Rollingstock Development, Department of Transport & Planning, Victoria Government

Duncan Edghill

Chief Executive Officer, ALTRAC Light Rail

Emilie van de Graaff

Director, Elleeva Associates

Peter Gill

Program Director – Queensland Train Manufacturing Program (QTMP), Translink Division, Department of Transport and Main Roads

Paul Fergusson

Strategic Rolling Stock Consultant, Jacobs

Luuk Kessels

ATO Lead, OTIV Belgium

Ellie Bowden

Construction Safety Manager, Degnan

Peter Papantoniou

General Manager (Rail Infrastructure Delivery), Translink

Lucie Anderton

Head of Sustainability, UIC

Tom Sargant

Pacific Representative, UIC

Samantha Abeydeera

Head of Transport for Brisbane, Brisbane City Council

Jackson Koch

Accessibility Officer, Keolis Downer Adelaide

Sarah Taylor-Dayus

A/G EGM, Transport Canberra and City Services

Anthony Haraldson

Executive Branch Manager, Light Rail Operations, Transport Canberra and City Services

Laura Wang

Design Engineer, Siemens Mobility

Neil Scales OBE

Independent Board Member

James Hammett

Managing Director, UKTram

Vijayaraghavan Kesavan

Engineering Department Head – ETCS, Alstom

David Fazio

Construction Director, Degnan

Agenda

9:00 am

Welcome to Country

9:10 am

OPENING | Opening remarks from the Chair

Georgia Gosse, Principal, Infrastructure Advisory, Aurecon

INDUSTRY OVERVIEW

9:15 am

Stage 1&2 Operations and Progress of Stage 3 Delivery to Burleigh Heads

9:45 am

KEYNOTE ADDRESS | Queensland Rail: Getting ready for growth

Kat Stapleton, Chief Executive Officer, Queensland Rail

10:15 am

IN CONVERSATION | Project update on Suburban Rail Loop East

Frankie Carroll, Chief Executive Officer, Suburban Rail Loop Authority

Neil Scales OBE, Independent Board Member

10:45 am

Networking and refreshment break

SUSTAINABILITY & SAFETY

12:00 pm

Safety in construction: Delivering projects in a high-risk environment

Ellie Bowden, Construction Safety Manager, Degnan

David Fazio, Construction Director, Degnan

12:30 pm

Lunch and networking break

INDUSTRY UPDATES

1:30 pm

All Aboard: Queensland's Transition to Local Train Manufacturing

Peter Gill, Program Director – Queensland Train Manufacturing Program (QTMP), Translink Division, Department of Transport and Main Roads

2:00 pm

Translink – new rail projects, programs and upgrades

Peter Papantoniou, General Manager (Rail Infrastructure Delivery), Translink

2:30 pm

Embracing emerging technologies for a smart and sustainable future

Samantha Abeydeera, Head of Transport for Brisbane, Brisbane City Council

3:00 pm

Networking and refreshment break

INTERNATIONAL PERSPECTIVE

3:30 pm

What's happening in urban rail overseas?

Emilie van de Graaff, Director, Elleeva Associates

4:00 pm

International Initiatives to reduce CO2 emissions in Transport Mobility

Lucie Anderton, Head of Sustainability, UIC

Tom Sargant, Pacific Representative, UIC

4:30 pm

INTERNATIONAL KEYNOTE ADDRESS – Innovation in the UK Light Rail system

James Hammett, Managing Director, UKTram

5:00 pm

Closing remarks from the Chair

5:05 pm

End of Day One

5:10 pm

Networking drinks

9:00 am

OPENING | Opening remarks from the Chair

Georgia Gosse, Principal, Infrastructure Advisory, Aurecon

9:05 am

KEYNOTE ADDRESS | Updating the Cross River Rail Project

Graeme Newton, Chief Executive Officer, Cross River Rail Delivery Authority

9:35 am

The future of light rail in Sydney: Next stage of network growth

Duncan Edghill, Chief Executive Officer, ALTRAC Light Rail

10:05 am

Light Rail Five Years On: Benefit Realisation Report 2024

Anthony Haraldson, Executive Branch Manager, Light Rail Operations, Transport Canberra and City Services

10:35 am

Networking and refreshment break

11:10 am

Delivering the next generation of Victoria’s rolling stock

Ben Phyland, Head of Rollingstock Development, Department of Transport & Planning, Victoria Government

11:40 am

Is Australia Ready for Autonomous Trams?

Paul Fergusson, Strategic Rolling Stock Consultant, Jacobs

Luuk Kessels, ATO Lead, OTIV Belgium

12:10 pm

CASE STUDY - Driving Inclusivity: Implementing the Communication Access Symbol on Adelaide Metropolitan Passenger Railway Network

Jackson Koch, Accessibility Officer, Keolis Downer Adelaide

12:40 pm

Lunch and networking break

ADVANCES IN TECHNOLOGY AND SIGNALLING

1:40 pm

Targeted Risk Control at Level Crossing using Advanced Technology

Dr Nithurshan Nadarajah, Deputy Director, Innovation, Monash Institute of Railway Technology

2:10 pm

Siemens TS1A Digital Systems Project Case Study

Laura Wang, Design Engineer, Siemens Mobility

2:40 pm

Future-Ready Railways: Incorporating Modern Technology with ETCS L3 Hybrid

Vijayaraghavan Kesavan, Engineering Department Head – ETCS, Alstom

3:10 pm

Closing remarks from the Chair

3:15 pm

END OF CONFERENCE

Pricing

Packages Price
Package (Urban Rail)$2695+GST
Package (Rail Signalling + Urban Rail)$3495+GST
Virtual Pass (Urban Rail)$1295+GST
Virtual Pass (Rail Signalling + Urban Rail)$1,861.50+GST
Extras Price
Dinner - Single Ticket $250+GST
Dinner - Table of 10 $2500+GST
Streamly Access Pass $495+GST
Packages Price
Package (Urban Rail)$1395+GST
Package (Rail Signalling + Urban Rail)$1795+GST
Virtual Pass (Urban Rail)$795+GST
Virtual Pass (Rail Signalling + Urban Rail)$1139+GST
Extras Price
Dinner - Single Ticket $250+GST
Dinner - Table of 10 $2500+GST
Streamly Access Pass $495+GST

* Young Professionals rate (Under 35)
We are delighted to offer reduced registration fees to young rail professionals, aged 35 years old and under on 18 June 2024, to attend this year’s conference.

Note: To be eligible for this rate, please provide your date of birth in the comments section under ‘Complete Delete Details’. You will also be required to provide ID on the day of the event.

Urban Rail 2024 Dinner

19 June 2024 | Sofitel Brisbane | 6:30pm – 10:30pm

Guest speaker: Nat Cook OAM OLY
Five-time Olympian, Olympic Gold & Bronze medallist, author and coach


Serving as a Director of Brisbane 2032, Olympic and Paralympic Games Organising Committee, and holding a position on the World Olympians Association Board, Nat is a firm believer in the transformational power of sport and the life lessons learnt pursuing your dreams.

Join Nat at the Urban Rail 2024 conference dinner learn how she is inspiring the next generation of athletes, teams and leaders before she flies out to Paris for the 2024 Olympics.

Commencing with pre-dinner drinks at 6.30pm, the Urban Rail Conference dinner takes place on the evening of the 19th June at the Sofitel Brisbane and includes our guest speaker plus the presentation to our Next Generation Conference Scholarships. Attendees must register to attend the conference as well.

Available to sponsor

Acceleration Allies

NEW TO 2024 | Count Her In: Achieve a minimum 30% female representation to join our ‘Acceleration Allies’ program

To celebrate the 2024 theme of International Women’s Day, ‘Count Her In: Accelerating Gender Equality Through Economic Empowerment’ Informa Australia will be showcasing the organisations who achieve a minimum of 30% female representation at Urban Rail & Rail Signalling with special acknowledgements as ‘Acceleration Allies’. This representation will include speakers, delegates, sponsors and delegates. Join the movement to ‘Count her in’ and enjoy special recognition at the event.

Next Generation Conference Scholarships

Congratulations to the winners of the Next Generation Conference Scholarship for Urban Rail 2024:

Natalie Davenport, Consultant, SYSTRA ANZ

Gabriella D’Agata, Graduate Engineer, SYSTRA ANZ

Geet Janawalkar, Graduate Electrical Engineer, Queensland Rail

Yuxin Liu, Graduate Engineer, SYSTRA ANZ

Milan Naidu, Rail Engineer, WSP

Will Penrose, Technical Sales Engineer, Vossloh Australia

Feng Yang, Advisor, Urban Design, Suburban Rail Loop Authority

Hudson Yao, Rail Engineer, WSP

Aiden Yap, Graduate Engineer, SYSTRA ANZ

Zameer Zuhair, Graduate Engineer, SYSTRA ANZ

We’re delighted to be supporting the winners professional development and sharing their innovative ideas on how to disrupt or bring greater awareness of urban rail in Australia and New Zealand!

WINNERS WILL RECEIVE:

  • Complimentary attendance to the Rail Signalling Workshop (17 June) + Urban Rail Conference (18-19 June)
  • Certificates of acknowledgment at the Urban Rail conference dinner

Rail Signalling Brisbane

We are holding our intensive one-day rail signalling workshop alongside Urban Rail 2024.

Advances in rail signalling are transforming rail networks to enhance safety, efficiency, reliability and capacity. Understanding the role, integration and management of signalling systems is key to maximising the record investment in rail projects underway across Australia. Join us to enrich your understanding of the latest developments, benefits and challenges.

SPECIAL OFFER: A 15% DISCOUNT WHEN REGISTERING FOR BOTH THE RAIL SIGNALLING WORKSHOP AND URBAN RAIL CONFERENCE.

Visit the website for more details Signalling Rail 2024

2023 Event Photos

View images from Urban Rail 2023

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Event Code Of Conduct

This code explains our expectations and rules, which includes general good practice behaviour – because actions can impact others and everyone has a role to play in getting it right.

Anyone not following these rules or behaving in an unacceptable way will be asked – and expected – to stop doing so immediately and may be removed from the event. Read our Event Code of Conduct here.

ConnectMe + Streamly

ConnectMe • Networking enhanced

All of our events utilise a bespoke dynamic smartphone app, ConnectMe – which guarantees attendees a premium event experience. Logins are sent prior to the conference commencement allowing you to check who’s attending, schedule in meetings and catch ups, participate in live Q+A and interactive polls, and much more. ConnectMe ensures you never miss a beat prior, during and post event.

 

Streamly • On-Demand video vault

Streamly is a new video platform from Informa Connect – hosting hours of session recordings from our events and more. Select the Streamly add-on at the checkout to receive year round access to exclusive On-Demand session recordings from all of our related transport events*. Login information will be sent post event. For more information visit our Streamly page.

* Note: In a minority of cases, speakers may request their sessions to be excluded from Streamly access.

FasterForward

FasterForward is Informa’s approach to sustainability, moving faster to become a zero waste and net carbon business. Our goal is to become carbon neutral across our events by 2025 and a zero waste and net carbon business by 2030.

when & where

18 - 19 Jun 2024

Sofitel Brisbane
49 Turbot St
Brisbane QLD 4000
+ 61 7 3835 3535
www.sofitelbrisbane.com.au

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