21st February 2012
Today (Wednesday 22nd February), Iarnród Éireann hosts a major seminar - Rail Vision 2030, The future of Rail Transport in Ireland.
Speakers include the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Leo Varadkar TD, the Chief Executive of Iarnród Éireann, Dick Fearn, the Chief Executive of National Transport Authority Gerry Murphy, and Bernard Feeney of AECOM presenting a major study on Strategic Rail Investment Needs up to 2030. Invited guests representing stakeholders including rail customers (both passenger and freight); from business and industry; from tourism and hospitality; and from local and national government will attend.
A full live stream of the event will be available here from 08.30hrs. (EVENT NOW OVER)
The schedule for the morning is:
08:30hrs: Welcome and Introduction, Mr. Phil Gaffney, Chairman, Iarnród Éireann
08:35 – 08:50: Keynote Address, Dr. Leo Varadkar T.D. Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport
08:50 – 09:20: The Context for Rail Vision 2030, Mr. Dick Fearn, Chief Executive, Iarnród Éireann
09:20 – 09:50: Rail Vision 2030 - Overview of Strategic Rail Investment Needs, Mr. Bernard Feeney, Director, Economics and Transportation, AECOM
09:50 – 10:20: Rail Investment in the Greater Dublin Area and developing the national rail service offering, Mr. Gerry Murphy, Chief Executive, National Transport Authority
10:20 – 10:40: Break
10:40 – 11:30: Panel discussion on the future of rail transport in Ireland. Chaired by Professor Austin Smyth, featuring
Mr. Michael Reidy, Manager Strategic and Business Planning, Iarnród Éireann
Ms. Derval Cummins, Ernst & Young transport business
Dr. Edgar Morgenroth, Associate Research Professor and programme co-ordinator for research on transport and infrastructure at the ESRI.
Ms. Deirdre Frost, Policy Analyst with the Western Development Commission
Mr. Alan O’Brien, Regional Director of Transportation with AECOM.
Whether you're following the event live or not, please let us know your views on the future direction of rail transport in Ireland by commenting below.