Transport Secretary Chris Grayling will no doubt be promoting the opportunities CP6 will bring rail suppliers as he delivers the opening keynote of Infrarail 2018.
Grayling, who is coming to the end of his second year in the post, will follow Network Rail’s chief engineer, Jon Shaw, who will open the three-day show at the ExCeL exhibition centre on 1 May.
Launched in 1994, Infrarail has been the leading show for infrastructure technology and services for more than 20 years. Held biennially, the show is organised by Mack Brooks Exhibitions which also runs Railtex in the UK as well as international shows including EXPO Ferroviaria in Italy, SIFER in France and ExpoRail in both India and China.
Infrarail 2016 had 240 exhibitors from 51 different countries, with around 5,300 industry professionals in attendance. More than 200 companies will be displaying their latest offering at this year’s event.
It will be the second time the show has been hosted at ExCeL, which is located in London’s historic Royal Docks.
Supporting organisations this year include Network Rail, RIA, Rail Alliance, Crossrail, IMechE, HS2, Midlands Engine Rail, Digital Railway and the Rail Supply Group.
Expert speakers will deliver presentations at the two conference areas: the Seminar Theatre, hosted by Rail Engineer; and the Knowledge Hub.
Speakers will include David Waboso and Paul Plummer, as well as representatives from companies such as Siemens, Fugro, Cubis and British Steel.
For the first time ever, visitors who attend the conference sessions will be able to claim points towards their Continuing Professional Development thanks to a new partnership between Infrarail and the CPD Certification Service. Anyone who attends any of the keynote speeches, project updates or technical seminars will build up CPD hours which can then be put towards their annual CPD obligations.
Kirsten Whitehouse, exhibition manager for Infrarail 2018, said: “During this landmark period of investment in the UK rail network, and with major projects under HS2, CP6, East West Rail, Northern Powerhouse Rail and the TransPennine upgrade in preparation, it is the perfect opportunity to attend Infrarail, make connections, showcase and get to know the latest products and services and the people that deliver them.
“Infrarail has a very strong reputation and is firmly established as a must-attend event for everyone in the industry. It is a genuine highlight in the rail sector’s calendar.”
Kirsten added: “We remain in an era of high investment and modernisation that will enhance performance and prepare the industry for the future demands put on it. These are challenging times and Infrarail helps exhibiting companies and visitors to build partnerships and chart a way forward together.”
Suppliers of specialist products and services for the civil infrastructure technology sector will be exhibiting within a dedicated area of the show known as the CITE (Civil Infrastructure & Technology Exhibits) Hub, which is open to all Infrarail 2018 visitors.
Participating companies include Bigorre Ingenierie, Blok N Mesh UK, CEEQUAL, Chauvin Arnoux, Dieselec Thistle Generators, Freyssinet, iLine Technologies, Channeline International, Maccaferri, Megger, Mixamate and Osprey.
Registration to attend is free until 30 April after which tickits will cost £20.To book your place visit: www.infrarail.com/2018