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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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EARLY BIRD RATE expires 27 May 2022 // See Pricing Below

overview

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

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.

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

KEYNOTE ADDRESS| 10 years on Queensland’s passenger rail network
Sally Stannard, Deputy Director-General (Translink), Department of Transport and Main Roads

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

KEYNOTE ADDRESS| Cross River Rail
Graeme Newton, CEO, Cross River Rail Delivery Authority

TOPICS TO BE ADDRESSED INCLUDE:

  • 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

speakers

Sally Stannard

Deputy Director-General (Translink), Department of Transport and Main Roads

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

Sandi Robertson

Global Capability Leader, Rail & Mass Transit, Aurecon

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

Magda Robertson

Chief Operating Officer, Auckland One Rail

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 Services and Corporate Affairs, ARA

Claire Clarke

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

agenda

8:00 am

REGISTRATION & WELCOME COFFEE

8:40 am

Admin and safety briefing

8:45 am

Welcome to Country

8:55 am

Opening remarks from the chair

Session Chair: Professor Ravi Ravitharan, Director, Monash Institute of Railway Technology, Monash University

9:00 am

KEYNOTE ADDRESS | 10 years on Queensland’s passenger rail network

Sally Stannard, Deputy Director-General (Translink), Department of Transport and Main Roads

9:30 am

KEYNOTE ADDRESS | Light rail – Changing the city

Phil Mumford, CEO, Gold Coast Light Rail

10:00 am

Mass transit project update

James Coutts, Program Director Urban Growth, Sunshine Coast Council

10:30 am

Networking, stretch & refreshment break

INFRASTRUCTURE

11:00 am

Getting the most out of our transport investments: Perspectives from the 2021 Australian Infrastructure Plan

Peter Colacino, Chief of Policy and Research, Infrastructure Australia

11:30 am

Re-shaping urban rail and fare reform – Victoria’s infrastructure strategy 2021-2051

Peter Kartsidimas, Director Networks & Planning, Infrastructure Victoria

12:45 pm

Networking & lunch break

1:35 pm

Rollingstock investments and upgrades

2:05 pm

PANEL DISCUSSION | What are the transport and technology disruptors now present that are challenging urban rail? How does urban rail compete?

Moderator: Robert Angus, Principal, Rail & Mass Transit, Aurecon

James Coutts, Program Director Urban Growth, Sunshine Coast Council

Yuyu Zhang, WSP Technical Executive – Strategic Rail Planning, WSP Australia

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

SAFETY & SUSTAINABILITY

2:50 pm

How RISSB is supporting the light rail industry

Cris Fitzhardinge, Standards Development Manager, RISSB

3:20 pm

Networking, stretch & refreshment break

3:45 pm

Global emerging trends in decarbonisation and alternative energy systems for light and urban rail

Robert Angus, Principal, Rail & Mass Transit, Aurecon

4:15 pm

CLOSING INTERNATIONAL ADDRESS | The role of rail in decarbonising mobility and making cities more liveable

Lucie Anderton, Head of Sustainability, UIC

Tom Sargant, Pacific Representative, UIC

4:45 pm

Closing remarks from the Chair

7:15 pm

CONFERENCE DINNER | 7:15pm – 10:30pm, QT Surfers Paradise
Commencing pre-dinner drinks at 6.15pm

Join us to celebrate the announcement of the winners of the Next Generation Conference Scholarships.

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.

8:00 am

REGISTRATION & WELCOME COFFEE

8:50 am

Admin and safety briefing

8:55 am

Opening remarks from the chair

Session Chair: Magda Robertson, Chief Operating Officer, Auckland One Rail

9:00 am

KEYNOTE ADDRESS | Cross River Rail

Graeme Newton, CEO, Cross River Rail Delivery Authority

9:30 am

Parramatta light rail project update

Craig Paterson, Project Director, Parramatta Light Rail

10:00 am

Unlocking the full potential of regional growth areas through faster rail

Sandi Robertson, Global Capability Leader, Rail & Mass Transit, Aurecon

10:30 am

Networking, stretch & refreshment break

11:00 am

INTERNATIONAL KEYNOTE ADDRESS |

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

11:30 am

Innovative real-time condition monitoring technology to improve urban railway operations

Professor Ravi Ravitharan, Director, Monash Institute of Railway Technology, Monash University

PEOPLE

12:00 pm

PANEL DISCUSSION | Bringing passengers back post-covid

Moderator: Magda Robertson, Chief Operating Officer, Auckland One Rail

Judith Sturman, Executive Group Manager, Transport Canberra

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

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

12:45 pm

Networking & lunch break

1:35 pm

Diversity & inclusion: Pursuing equality at Yarra Trams

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

2:05 pm

Designing accessible trams for customers with vision impairment

Shaz Pooladi, Rolling Stock Consultant, ATKINS member of SNC Lavalin Group

2:35 pm

CLOSING INTERNATIONAL ADDRESS | Promoting women's employment: Steps towards an inclusive urban rail workforce

Alana Dave, Urban Transport Director, International Transport Workers' Federation

Leanne Holmes, Vice-President, RTBU

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

3:05 pm

Closing remarks from the Chair

3:10 pm

End of conference

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pricing

Packages Price
Package(Two Days)$2195$1995+GST Early Bird Rate Early Bird Rate
Virtual Pass$1195$995+GST Early Bird Rate Early Bird Rate
Extras Price
Dinner - Single Ticket $220+GST
Dinner - Table of 10 $2200+GST
Packages Price
Package(Two Days)$1095$995+GST Early Bird Rate Early Bird Rate
Virtual Pass$695$495+GST Early Bird Rate Early Bird Rate
Extras Price
Dinner - Single Ticket $220+GST
Dinner - Table of 10 $2200+GST

Early bird rate – expires on 27 May 2022

Young Rail Professionals rate (Under 35)*

*Eligibility for young rail professionals rate: Aged 35 years old and under on 18 July 2022.

Note: You will be required to provide ID on the day of the event.

Dinner

18 July 2022

Starting with pre-dinner drinks at 6:15pm, 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.

Book your dinner ticket today!

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

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Next Generation Conference Scholarships

Do you have an idea that could disrupt or bring greater awareness of urban rail in Australia and New Zealand?

We invite all rail sector personnel aged 25yrs and under to submit their innovative ideas for the opportunity to win one of 10 scholarships to attend the Urban Rail conference and dinner.

Your idea may take inspiration from or could be applied to any discipline or field within the urban rail sector such as light rail, passenger rail, metro rail and trains, new technology, customer service and sustainability and decarbonisation – in 200-300 words describe your idea or concept and how it could enhance or promote the benefits of urban rail.

WINNERS WILL RECEIVE:

  • Complimentary attendance to Urban Rail conference & dinner
  • Opportunity to network with industry representatives
  • Certificates of acknowledgement at the conference dinner

KEY DATES:

Competition deadline: 27 May 2022
Winners announced: 10 June 2022
Certificates presented at the Conference Dinner: 18 July 2022

Eligibility: Recent graduates and young railway professionals
Open to all recent graduates and young railway professionals who are 25yrs or under (as at 18 July 2022) A maximum of 3 winners will be selected from the same organisation.

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Sustainability

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
www.qthotels.com/gold-coast

SPECIAL EVENT RATE*
To secure your accommodation at the QT Gold Coast, please enter ‘QTEVENT22’ into the Promotional code when checking for rates and availability on the hotel website www.qthotels.com/gold-coast.

* Room availability and rates are subject to availability at the time of booking.

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