Changes ahead on Doncaster railway

Artist's impression of the new high speed trains, which will be maintained at a new centre in Doncaster.

Artist's impression of the new high speed trains, which will be maintained at a new centre in Doncaster.

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The future of the rail industry will come under the spotlight at a major conference in Doncaster.

Some of the biggest and most high-profile names in the industry have already confirmed they are attending – including Terry Morgan, chairman of the National College for High Speed Rail which is being built in Doncaster.

The Future of Rail Conference at Doncaster Racecourse in May will examine the direction the industry is heading.

Mayor Ros Jones said: “This conference is another example of Doncaster being at the forefront of the rail industry. It is a must attend event for anyone connected to the rail industry.

“With the National College for High Speed Rail set to open its doors in 2017, Doncaster will continue to be a pioneer in the future. Doncaster is a rail town through and through.”

Discussions will take place about the new technologies being introduced and the challenges ahead.

Beth West, commercial director at HS2 Ltd, Nick Watson, sales director at Siemens plc, and Keith Jordan, managing director at Hitachi Rail Europe, who are building the new Intercity Express Trains, are confirmed speakers.

Hitachi’s £70 million train maintenance centre, which will support the service delivery of Class 800 electro-diesel trains, will open in Doncaster in 2017.

The conference, on Wednesday May 20, is being organised by Doncaster Council’s Business Doncaster team.

Book tickets at www.businessdoncaster.com/events/thefutureofrail or call 01302 862464.