Accelerate Rail Conference

The leading conference for the UK rail industry


Accelerate: Rail 2022 returned at a crucial moment as the industry was facing its greatest reform since privatisation. We brought together industry-leading speakers, delivering cutting-edge content, and the opportunity to network with innovators from across UK rail.


Thank you to all of those that joined us in London this March, including our super-star speakers and sponsors (without them we wouldn’t be able to hold such fantastic events)!

Keynote | Mapping out an ambitious vision: The Williams-Shapps Plan for Rail  

Wendy Morton, Rail Minister, Department for Transport    

Interview | A guiding mind: setting out the route map from Network Rail to GBR  

  • Assessing progress so far: what steps have been made and what’s next on the agenda? 
  • What is Network Rail’s vision of interaction between GBR and TOCs, and how will this work in practice? 
  • Putting the passenger first: what will putting the passenger at the heart of operations look like in action? 
  • Collaborating on the transition: what more could the industry do to smooth the way? 
  • The trajectory of reform: what key milestones should different parts of the industry be working towards? 

Andrew Haines, Chief Executive, Network Rail & Great British Railways Transition Team Lead 

Making the most of reform: accelerating innovation in rail 

  • Unlocking progress: how can the industry make the most of technology to better serve the passenger? 
  • How should the relationship between GBR and TOCs be structured? 
  • Moving full-steam ahead: how can faster-paced innovation be facilitated in the industry? 

 Timothy Mangozza, Rail innovation expert, PA Consulting  

Interview | Regulation in a time of extraordinary change for rail 

  • From the pandemic to PR23: what lessons are shaping ORR’s vision for the future? 
  • How can existing and new regulation support the change and help the industry on this journey? 
  • How might the role of regulator need to evolve as GBR becomes a reality, and how might this affect the design of PR23? 

John Larkinson, Chief Executive Officer, Office of Rail and Road 

2022 Speakers

Wendy Morton - Accelerate: Rail

Wendy Morton

Rail Minister, Department for Transport

Andrew Haines Network Rail

Andrew Haines

Chief Executive, Network Rail & Great British Railways Transition Team Lead , Network Rail

Mark Thurston

Chief Executive Officer, HS2

Jacqueline Starr, Rail Delivery Group, Accelerate Rail Conference

Jacqueline Starr

Chief Executive Officer, Rail Delivery Group

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Tricia Williams

Chief Operating Officer, Northern Trains Ltd

John Larkinson

John Larkinson

Director, Office of Rail and Road

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Richard Allan

Managing Director, Chiltern Railways

Claire Mann Picture

Claire Mann

Managing Director, South Western Railway

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2022 Hot topics

The transition to Great British Railways

Adapting to serve the modern customer

Building back better

Leading the way in sustainable travel

Implementing the Digital Railway

Station innovation and development

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Every major TOC and transport group attends this event

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