A number of challenges need to be overcome when attempting to decarbonise the freight sector, on many occasions using rail as an alternative.
Experts will debate these and the opportunities of freight decarbonisation and the role that rail can play at this year’s Smart Transport National Conference.
Taking place at The Eastside Rooms in Birmingham, the high-level conference will bring together senior transport leaders who help shape transport policy and deliver its infrastructure.
Maggie Simpson, director general of the Rail Freight Group, will moderate the session whose speakers are Laurence Drake, managing director of DAF Trucks UK and Richard Moody, Programme Director (Freight Reform), Great British Railways Transition Team.
Meet the speakers:
About the speakers:
Maggie Simpson: Since joining the representative body for rail freight in the UK in 2005, Maggie Simpson has worked to promote growth in rail freight and to support group member companies.
Richard Moody: Richard has worked in transport for more than 20 years, with the last 11 years in rail leading teams to deliver timetables, analysis and strategy – and the last four years focused on freight and decarbonisation.
He helped to deliver GBRTTs Call for Evidence on rail freight growth, Network Rail’s London Rail Freight Strategy and Traction Decarbonisation Network Strategy.
Richard said: “I am really excited by the opportunity to lead the freight element of rail reform. Rail freight is key to keeping the economy moving and has the potential to do more and it is my missions to help grow the rail freight sector.”
About Smart Transport National Conference:
The Smart Transport National Conference aims to promote best in class initiatives from the private and public sector and bring people together through networking, knowledge transfer and discussion and is seen as UK's largest, trusted and most credible transport conference to facilitate public and private sector collaboration.
Speakers come from authorities and organisations such as The Department for Transport, England’s Economic Heartland, Birmingham City Council, Transport for West Midlands, Midlands Connect, TIER Mobility, CoMoUK, Lambeth Council, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority, Enterprise Holdings, FedEx, WPS, Worldline and Hertfordshire County Council and many more.
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