The Scandinavian Rail Development Conference 2016 will take place in Stockholm, Sweden, on 24 May. The conference will welcome strategists, financiers and innovators to discuss investment plans for the region’s rail network. The conference is hosted by Trafikverket.
The region is currently undertaking a huge infrastructure investment programme, with a £50-billion, 10-year plan currently being implemented in Sweden. Rail will take the majority share of the investment. While there are funds in the budget set aside for infrastructure improvements and maintenance, there are also plans to begin construction of Sweden’s first high-speed railway. Denmark has approved a £2.6 billion rail fund, and Norway’s 2014–2023 national transport plan, allocating £13 billion to railways, demonstrates its commitment to infrastructure. This makes the 2016 conference particularly noteworthy to any companies and individuals with an interest in the Scandinavian rail market.
The conference will offer delegates the opportunity to hear from Trafikverket on how to become a supplier to the Swedish Administration, looking at procurement procedures, requirements and the barriers to entering the rail market. Colas Rail will offer a presentation on innovation in safety, and Banedanmark will share their experience of the rail upgrade works currently being undertaken in Denmark.
New infrastructure projects including the Fehmarn Belt Tunnel, HS2 and Norrbotniabanan will be discussed. Economic factors including revenue, ticketing, consumer behaviours and the use of digital technologies in meeting passenger needs will be the focus of several speeches. European issues such as ERTMS, the Single European Railway Area and how Horizon 2020: DESTination RAIL will impact the Nordic region will also be discussed.
Delegates will come from all areas of the rail industry, including operators, infrastructure managers, public bodies and regulators and suppliers. Past testimonials attest to the opportunities given to delegates to network with key players in the Scandinavian rail industry.
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