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Very Light Rail - Transport solutions for the future




09:00 - 16:00

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Traditional (light rail) tram systems are an attractive low emission option for sustainable transport.

In the UK, trams are highly successful in attracting people out of their cars and onto public transport, saving 22 million car journeys annually. However, the high cost of such systems make it almost impossible to generate a positive business case in all but the largest UK cities. The Very Light Rail (VLR) initiative will significantly reduce the cost of rail transport solutions through delivery of lightweight, self-propelled vehicles in a unique, world-first system.


Dudley's Very Light Rail National Innovation Centre (VLRNIC) will deliver a test track and a new national innovation centre! Come along to exciting showcase of Very Light Rail technology and projects in the UK at The University of Warwick on 28 Nov, 9am-4pm. Please see the agenda set out below:





9:30 Welcome and Opening Remarks - Archie MacPherson, CEO WMG HVM Catapult - Cllr Jim O’Boyle, Cabinet Member for Jobs and Regeneration, Coventry City Council


9:45 Keynote Address - The need for change - Steve Berry, Head, Highways Maintenance Branch, Local Transport Funding and Growth Division, Department for Transport


10:05 What is Very Light Rail and what does it offer? - Nick Mallinson, Programme Manager VLR, WMG


10:25 Coventry Very Light Rail project - Colin Knight, Director of Transportation and highways, Coventry City Council - Nicola Small, Programme Manager for VLR, Coventry City Council - TBC, University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire - Cost of Urban Very Light Rail, TBC, Rider Levett Bucknall




11:30 The Very Light Rail National Innovation Centre - Alan Lunt, Strategic Director Place & Deputy Chief Executive, Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council


11:50 Very Light Rail Revolution project – the foundations for Coventry VLR - Tim Burleigh, Head of External Relations, Eversholt Rail - Martin Pemberton, Managing Director, TDI


12:15 VLR as part of the future West Midlands transport ecosystem - Mike Waters, Director of Policy, Strategy and Innovation, Transport for West Midlands


12:30 What standards will apply to VLR systems and how will approval be achieved? - Bridget Eickhoff, Principal Infrastructure Engineer, RSSB




13:45 What is best practice for delivery of a safe VLR system? - Peter Howarth, Independent Competent Person for the Coventry Very Light Rail project


14:00 How VLR can inform and complement traditional rail - David Rowe, Head of Strategy Research & Development, Network Rail


14:15 Potential for private sector involvement - Robin Butler, Managing Director, Urban and Civic plc

14:30 Panel Q&A


15:15 Closing remarks - Nick Mallinson, WMG


15:20 Coffee and Networking - Tours of WMG and/or drop in sessions with experts


16:00 END


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