Esteemed speaker, Professor Hansford, to present at the APM Manchester Conference

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It’s less than one month until the APM Project Management Conference Manchester: What Next?, sponsored by Hyde Park Solutions, on 5 December at the Manchester Conference Centre. The conference will consist of three streams, each with three sessions from which you can choose, and two keynote speakers.

Professor Peter Hansford is chair of construction and infrastructure policy in the Bartlett School of Construction and Project Management at University College London and will present on the Unlocking infrastructure investment stream.

Peter Hansford was chief construction adviser to the UK government from 2012 to 2015, is a past president of the Institution of Civil Engineers, a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and a Fellow of APM. Peter has over 40 years’ experience in major infrastructure projects, in the UK and overseas. Peter recently chaired an independent review aimed at encouraging third party investment and alternative project delivery on the national railway. He is now chairing a review addressing the implications of the Grenfell Tower tragedy for the infrastructure profession.

Professor Hansford was commissioned by the board of Network Rail to undertake an independent Review of ‘contestability’ in the UK Rail Market, with the intent of “Encouraging Third Party Investment and Infrastructure Delivery on the National Railway”, looking at the barriers that prevent third parties building on, and potentially investing in and delivering, our railways. 

The review also considered opportunities for innovation and the use of alternative project delivery models on Britain’s rail network.

He will be presenting on The Hansford Review: investment in rail infrastructure.

This session will address investment in rail infrastructure in the UK, with relevance to other infrastructure sectors. Unlocking investment in rail infrastructure by third parties is expected to have dual benefits. It will attract much needed additional funding, while also bringing a competitive pressure for all parties to reduce costs. These changes will benefit Network Rail, government and the wider investment market. 

“There are barriers to overcome that are discouraging or hindering the involvement of third party investment. Some of these barriers relate to process; some concern the role and perceived behaviours of Network Rail towards third parties. This report sets out the findings and recommendations of my review", explained Professor Hansford.

Says Mark Carne, chief executive, Network Rail in response to the Hansford Review, “Network Rail is ultimately accountable to the public for the safety and operation of the vast majority of the rail network in Britain. But that should not mean that Network Rail is the only body that can build or renew infrastructure on or around the railway. I believe in the power of competition to drive efficiency, creativity and innovation. These are not always words associated with the rail industry. But I want them to be.”

“The review makes a number of recommendations for Network Rail, which we accept wholeheartedly. We are now committing to changing our behaviours and approaches so that a range of organisations can come forward with alternative solutions and new ways of working. My message to the industry is that Network Rail is open for business.”

If you wish to listen to Professor Hansford discussing investment in rail infrastructure in the UK from his unique perspective, book your place for the APM Conference Manchester now. You will also be able to listen to Jean Llewellyn OBE from National Skills Academy for Nuclear talking on Developing skills for nuclear; as well as John Chappell MBE, from United Utilities, presenting in the stream What next for... Upgrading infrastructure.

Download the Hansford review and read the full Network Rail response here.

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Posted on 7th Nov 2017
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