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Urban Rail 2022

The premier industry event dedicated to all things light, suburban and metro rail
(Formerly known as The Light Rail Conference)

18 – 19 July 2022 | QT Gold Coast

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25+ speakers | 4 keynote presentations | Plethora of networking opportunities


We’re pleased to be hosting the Urban Rail Conference taking place on 18-19 July 2022 at the QT Gold Coast.

From light to suburban rail and metro, Urban Rail 2022 will bring together operators, manufacturers, contractors and government stakeholders across every level of the passenger rail sector to hear cutting-edge case studies, project updates and learn from successful projects in Australasia and the world.

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 completing multimodal connections. With transport planning refining our cities and regions, now is the time to build a long-term, strategic urban rail future that benefits all by helping cities work seamlessly by improving connectivity with other modes of transport.

Hon Michael Wood, Minister of Transport, Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety and MP for Mt Roskill, New Zealand

KEYNOTE ADDRESS| Light Rail – Changing the city
Phil Mumford, CEO, Gold Coast Light Rail

Graeme Newton, CEO, Cross River Rail Delivery Authority


  • Parramatta light rail project update
  • Mass transit project update
  • What are the transport and technology disruptors now present that are challenging urban rail? How does urban rail compete?
  • Rollingstock investments and upgrades
  • Getting the most out of our transport investments: Perspectives from the 2021 Australian Infrastructure Plan
  • Re-shaping urban rail and fare reform – Victoria’s infrastructure strategy 2021-2051
  • What do we need to do differently to reduce the costs of projects?
  • The role of rail in decarbonising mobility and making cities more liveable
  • Unlocking the full potential of regional growth areas through faster rail
  • Global emerging trends in decarbonisation and alternative energy systems for light and urban rail
  • How RISSB is supporting the light rail industry
  • Innovative real-time condition monitoring technology to improve urban railway operations
  • Designing accessible trams for customers with vision impairment
  • Bringing passengers back post-covid
  • Diversity & Inclusion: Pursuing equality at Yarra Trams
  • Promoting women’s employment: Steps towards an inclusive urban rail


Hon Michael Wood

Minister of Transport, Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety and MP for Mt Roskill New Zealand

Phil Mumford

CEO, Gold Coast Light Rail

Graeme Newton

CEO, Cross River Rail Delivery Authority

Judith Sturman

Executive Group Manager, Transport Canberra

Shaz Pooladi

Rolling Stock Consultant, ATKINS member of SNC Lavalin Group

Donna Watson

Director Passenger Experience, Keolis Downer, proud operator of Yarra Trams

Peitta Dyball

Chief People Officer, Keolis Downer, proud operator of Yarra Trams

Robert Angus

Principal, Rail & Mass Transit, Aurecon

Peter Kartsidimas

Director Networks & Planning, Infrastructure Victoria

Craig Paterson

Project Director, Parramatta Light Rail

James Coutts

Program Director Urban Growth, Sunshine Coast Council

Peter Colacino

Chief of Policy and Research, Infrastructure Australia

Yuyu Zhang

WSP Technical Executive – Strategic Rail Planning, WSP Australia

Lucie Anderton

Head of Sustainability, UIC

Tom Sargant

Pacific Representative, UIC

Alana Dave

Urban Transport Director, International Transport Workers' Federation

Cris Fitzhardinge

Standards Development Manager, RISSB

Leanne Holmes

Vice-President, RTBU

Zoe Toogood

Deputy Director Engineering & Innovation, Rail Projects Victoria

Professor Ravi Ravitharan

Director, Monash Institute of Railway Technology, Monash University

Professor Graham Currie

Public Transport Research Group, Monash University & Chair, Light Rail Transit Systems Committee, US Transportation Research Board

Joseph Louis

Executive General Manager Projects, UGL

Joeley Pettit

Director Corporate Affairs, Passenger Rail and Sustainability, ARA

Claire Clarke

Deputy Women Transport Workers’ and Gender Equality Officer, International Transport Workers' Federation

Georgia Gosse

Principal & Qld Infrastructure Advisory Lead, Aurecon

Heath Gledhill

Global Capability Leader - Integrated Design and Precincts, Aurecon

Sian Keast

Partner, MinterEllison

Matt Baynie

Rail Operations Director, UGL

Sarah Dixon

Executive General Manager SEQ Assets, Qld Rail





18 July 2022

Starting with pre-dinner drinks at 6:00pm, the conference dinner at The QT provides you with the perfect opportunity to continue networking and connecting with peers in a relaxed and convivial atmosphere. Open exclusively to conference attendees and invited industry guests, register at the time of your conference booking.

Our dinner speaker this year is Dr Chadden Hunter. Few people have seen more remote places and wild animals than Dr Chadden Hunter. From the Sahara desert to the Antarctic ice cap, Chadden has not only braved the elements but returned with award-winning footage and death-defying stories. Originally from north Queensland, Chadden grew up surrounded by rainforest and coral reef, an immersion in nature that inspired his life journey.

He studied marine biology on the Great Barrier Reef and his passion for wildlife took him on a wild ‘Gorillas in the Mist’ adventure to study gelada baboons in the remote war-torn mountains of Ethiopia for his PhD. While dodging armed bandits and surviving brain parasites he learnt the local language and realised he wanted to communicate with a greater audience.

As a wildlife filmmaker Dr Hunter has worked alongside Sir David Attenborough for over 20 years, documenting everything from snow leopards in Pakistan to anaconda in the Amazon.

Whilst filming arctic wolves for Frozen Planet learnt that minus 40C was cold enough to freeze his eyes shut. As a Divemaster he has worked alongside underwater crews around the world, exploring the issue of plastics in the ocean and describing how the Blue Planet 2 Effect was able to change corporate behaviour and global politics.

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Event Images

View images from Light Rail 2021 | Day One & Two, Conference Dinner and Site Tour


Next Generation Conference Scholarships

Congratulations to the winners of the inaugural Urban Rail Next Generation Conference Scholarships!

Erica Cheung, Graduate Rail Engineer, WSP

Bryan Law, Systems Engineering and Safety Assurance Engineer, Arch Artifex

Ellen McGurk, Graduate Rail Engineer, WSP

Darcy Carroll, Engineering Technician, Vossloh Cogifer Australia Pty Ltd

Benjamin Voss, Graduate Engineer, Systra

Jadon Beaumont, Graduate Rail Engineer, WSP

We are delighted to be supporting the winners’ professional development and sharing their innovative ideas on how to market and promote the rail industry in a positive and impactful way, as well as educating the broader community’s perception of the benefits of rail.

Winners will receive complimentary attendance to the Urban Rail conference and dinner and will be presented with a certificate of acknowledgement at the conference dinner.


Our Commitment to Sustainability

In Australia, we are committed to running our events in an environmentally and socially responsible way. Across Informa Connect we are focusing on the short and long-term sustainability impacts we have on customers and colleagues alongside the communities we work in.

We recognise that it’s not just about the way we produce our events and products but recognising that we have a role to play in providing a space to work in partnership together with our markets to inspire the sustainable development of the industries we serve.

To read more on our latest sustainability reports and Faster Forward initiatives – click here.

when & where

18 - 19 Jul 2022

QT Gold Coast
7 Staghorn Avenue,
Surfers Paradise QLD 4217
+61 7 5584 1200

To secure the event accommodation rate from $254* per room per night, including breakfast for 1, please book directly with QT Gold Coast Group Reservations team quoting ‘Event Delegate Rate – Urban Rail Conference’ via email: or Tel +61 7 5584 1200.

* subject to availability at the time of booking.


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