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Creating the Right Conditions for Rail Freight Growth

Economic and environmental pressures all point to a significant growth in demand for rail freight over the next 20 years.

Tony Berkeley will explain the reasons and suggest solutions to the capacity and capability challenges that the railway will face, including more electrification of the network.

Rail freight has considerable strengths to draw on in complementing a road based supply chain for the commercial customer. Some of the advantages include a reliable and consistent timetable, high maximum payload capacity, high security and less direct exposure to fuel price variance and road congestion.

Lord Berkeley will explore the reasons for growth and suggest solutions to the capacity and capability challenges the industry will face, including more electrification of the network.

About the Speaker

Lord Berkeley is chairman of the Rail Freight Group, the representative body of the UK rail freight industry. He was Public Affairs Manager of Eurotunnel from 1981 until the end of construction of the Channel Tunnel in 1994 and, before that, worked for George Wimpey on a number of multi-discipline projects around the world.

The dinner following the lecture, held in the Riverside Dining Room offers a relaxed occasion in which to make new contacts, share experiences or treat clients to an entertaining evening through taking a branded table.


Lord Tony Berkeley | talks


Date and Time:

23 October 2008 at 6:00 pm


1 hour 30 minutes



Savoy Place
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Lecture is free. Dinner is subject to member and non member prices

Available from:

Phone: +44 (0) 1438 767 343
Email: eventscs2@theiet.org

Additional Information:


Companies in the rail industry have benefited from the opportunity to raise their profile at the IETs Railway Annual Lecture and Dinner, whilst also entertaining colleagues and clients at their own branded table.

This year we are offering even more benefits in the sponsorship package and availability is limited so please contact us now to secure your place.

Ahmed Ahmed, Sponsorship Executive
Tel: +44 (0) 1438 765591
Mob: +44 (0) 7912 269543
E-mail: aahmed@theiet.org

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