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Urban Rail 2024

Delivering the smart and sustainable mobility of the future

19-20 June 2014 | Stamford Plaza Brisbane

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Transport plays a key role is maintaining Melbourne’s status as Australia’s most liveable city and the 10th in the world in the Global Liveability Index 2022.

With dedicated spotlights on light, suburban and metro rail, Urban Rail 2023 will bring together operators, manufacturers, contractors and government stakeholders across every level of the passenger rail sector to learn from technology advances, cutting-edge case studies and project updates from successful projects in Australasia and the world.


INTERNATIONAL KEYNOTE ADDRESS |Developing London’s future: Balancing sustainability and innovation
Thomas Ableman, Director of Strategy & Innovation, Transport for London

Dame Fran Wilde, DNZM, QSO, Chair, Auckland Light Rail

KEYNOTE ADDRESS | Delivering an exceptional service on Melbourne’s unique tram network
Carla Purcell, CEO, Keolis Downer Yarra Trams

KEYNOTE ADDRESS | More than a rail line – SRL reshaping Melbourne for the future
Frankie Carroll, Chief Executive Officer, Suburban Rail Loop Authority

KEYNOTE ADDRESS | Gold Coast Light Rail, keeping pace with a growing city
Phil Mumford, CEO, Gold Coast Light Rail

Topics to be addressed include:

  • Digital innovation and smart infrastructure
  • Resilience in infrastructure: Lessons learned from flooding of assets
  • The changing face of metropolitan rail
  • Embracing emerging technologies for a smart and sustainable future
  • The National Rail Action Plan: Driving harmonisation and interoperability
  • Delivering the next generation of trains and trams in Victoria
  • A global review of suburban ring railways to inform the Melbourne Suburban Rail Loop Project
  • Can we turn NIMBYs into YIMBYs? Engaging local communities in infrastructure projects
  • Precincts, placemaking and urban rail
  • Safety framework, processes & due diligence
  • The Long Game: The importance of embedding sustainability into rail operations
  • Designing in climate change resilience for rail – Cross regional learning

2023 Speakers

2023 Sponsors

Next Generation Conference Scholarships

Congratulations to the winners of the Next Generation Conference Scholarship for Urban Rail 2023.

Aishwarya Jha, Electrical Engineer, Jacobs
Eden Rose Fernandes, Electrical Engineer, Aurecon
Benjamin Voss, Safety Assurance Consultant, Systra
Liam McIntyre, Civil Engineer, Aurecon
Lauren Nixon, Electrical Engineer, Queensland Rail
Toby Murfet, ICT Graduate, Queensland Rail
Justin Tate, Train Monitoring Officer, Queensland Rail
Feng Yang, Graduate Landscape Designer, Suburban Rail Loop Authority (SRLA)
Jadon Beaumont, Rail Engineer, WSP
George Coe, Student Signaling Engineer, Aurecon

Were 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 Urban Rail Conference and will be presented with a certificate of acknowledgement at the conference dinner.

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 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

19 - 20 Jun 2024

Stamford Plaza Brisbane
39 Edward St,
Brisbane City QLD 4000
Phone: (07) 3221 1999


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