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Intercity Express Programme

27 June 2011

The Railway Division is delighted to host the first major public lecture on the interesting and sometimes controversial subject of the Inter City Express Programme (IEP). The evening will be jointly led by Department for Transport (DfT) and Agility Trains.

The panel presentation will include information on:

  • The background and the justification of the programme, why it is named a Programme rather than simply a new train project.

  • The fit with the route requirements, the deployment plans and the interrelationship between IEP and electrification.

  • The technical aspects of the Agility Trains proposed design and how it meets the needs on the routes.

There will be time for questions and answers, chaired by Michael Hurn will field and allocate the questions. He will also explain the next steps with the programme.

Presentation Panel

Michael Hurn, Acting Director, Rail and Road Projects, Department for Transport

Michael’s background is within major projects. He has worked on a variety of rail projects in the SRA and extensively on the Thameslink programme in the DfT. He is now acting as the Director responsible for the sponsorship and funding for the full portfolio of rail and road investment schemes – the current value of which totals around £30bn.

Matt Dillon,
Sponsor, Inter City Express Programme, Department for Transport

Matt’s background is as a Transport Economist working for a consultancy and then for the Strategic Rail Authority. In 2005, he joined the Department as a sponsor for projects and has recently worked on the Inter City Express programme, including the assessment of options, the commercial specification of the trains and is responsible for the business case and the affordability of the programme.

Stuart Baker,
Deputy Director, Major Network Upgrades, Department for Transport

Stuart’s background is within rail operations and commercial management. He led the West Coast project for the SRA and DfT and is now responsible for the many rail projects on the main routes – most notably Birmingham New St, Reading, Electrification and the packages of works on the East Coast and Great Western main lines.

Alistair Dormer, Chief Executive Officer – Agility Trains Ltd. (temporary)

Previously: Managing Director - Hitachi Rail Europe Ltd

Alistair is acting Chief Executive Office for Agility Trains Ltd., the bidding consortium formed to bid for and deliver the Intercity Express Programme (IEP) for the UK. In this role, he will continue to drive forward IEP.

Alistair has been seconded from Hitachi Rail Europe Ltd., where he previously held the position of Managing Director. Hitachi Rail Europe Ltd is part of the Hitachi Ltd group of companies. Alistair was responsible for successfully delivering the Hitachi Class 395 train into UK service, on time and to budget, for the Class 465 traction replacement project and for further increasing Hitachi’s railway business within Europe.

Alistair joined Hitachi in 2003, initially leading the company’s efforts to secure market entry with the Class 395 contract and more recently leading the bid for the Intercity Express Programme (Super Express).

Prior to joining Hitachi, Alistair spent two years as Business Development Director at Alstom Transport. Prior to joining the Rail Industry, Alistair spent 10 years in the Aerospace industry at BAE Systems.


Intercity Express Programme

: Michael Hurne, Stuart Baker - DfT
Alistair Dormer, Agility Trains

Duration: 90 minutes