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The Waterfront Conference Company is advertising a conference called “Releasing Capacity on the UK Rail Network, Finding solutions through HS2, HS3, line improvements and international lessons“, to be held in London on 25 March 2015.
Many of the listed speakers are from public sector bodies, such as Network Rail, Transport for London, and Centro. It’s curious that staff from such organisations should be given leave to attend such ‘awaydays’, as delegates, or speakers. Any information they have on ‘Releasing Capacity on the UK Rail Network’ should be made publicly available.
So far as can be established, the Centro speaker, Maria-Pilar Machancoses, has never spoken to local media or any public meeting about “Enhancing the capacity and performance of Britain’s inter-city rail network”.
And Transport for Greater Manchester’s Dave Newton has apparently never given a public account of “Capacity release through HS3 From Manchester and Leeds, Liverpool to Hull”. Many of the various third and fourth tracks between Liverpool and Hull were ripped up because of insufficient traffic. Surely the general public should be entitled to hear his reasoning about “released capacity”, without having to shell out hundreds of pounds on a private conference.