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Feature Areas & Associated Events

Railtex 2017 offers an exciting variety of feature areas and associated events, which are open to all visitors to attend.

KeyNote Speakers

Tuesday 9th May, 11:50 am

Paul Maynard
Under-Secretary of State, Department for Transport

Paul Maynard was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Transport on the 17 July 2016. He was elected Conservative MP for Blackpool and Cleveleys in 2010. Prior to his parliamentary career Paul worked in politics within the Conservative Party and as part of the think tank Reform. From 2010 to 2012, Paul was appointed to the Transport Select Committee and has also worked as Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Minister for Government, Oliver Letwin. Paul was educated at St Ambrose College, in Altrincham and was awarded a First Class History degree at University College, Oxford.

Wednesday 10th May, 10:30 am

Dr Francis Paonessa
Managing Director, Network Rail Infrastructure Projects

Francis joined Network Rail in 2014, having most recently been managing director UK, Bombardier. He started his career with shipbuilder Vosper Thornycroft in 1992, initially as a mechanical design engineer, and joined Bombardier in 2010 as president of UK rolling stock. Francis is a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

Francis is leading the delivery of £25bn of infrastructure renewals and enhancements, comprising thousands of projects around the country aimed at delivering a bigger, better railway enabling more trains to run, at higher speeds with more seats and better facilities at stations up and down the country.

Thursday 11th May, 10:30 am

Professor Andrew McNaughton
Technical Director, High Speed Two Limited

Andrew McNaughton was appointed Technical Director at High Speed Two Limited in February 2012, following 2 years as Chief Engineer. Andrew is also:

  • Special Professor of Rail Engineering at Nottingham University
  • A Visiting Professor of Engineering at both Imperial College London and Southampton University
  • Vice Chair of the EU Transport Advisory Group
  • Chair of the European Rail Research Advisory Council
  • Special Advisor on rail to the Australian Government

He was previously Chief Engineer at Network Rail.

The Rail Alliance Hub

The Rail Alliance Hub is a dedicated area of the exhibition where members of the Rail Alliance exhibit alongside one another and promote their products, services and innovations.

Exhibitors within the Rail Alliance Hub include:


ABG Geosynthetics

Stand K91

ABG specialises in the production of high performance drainage geocomposites for rail projects. Drainage, capillary break, reinforcement, filtration and separation, all in one geocomposite layer, specifically designed for railway embankment consolidation. ABG also offers an extensive scope of structural drainage, geotextiles, erosion control products and soil reinforcing grids


Air Products PLC

Stand M64

Air Products has been a trusted partner to the rail industry for over 50 years and relied upon to deliver its first-class range of gases, equipment and services. From pure oxygen to weld and cutting fuel gases, we offer a range of innovative solutions, including our award-winning Integra® cylinder, designed to optimise your operations and productivity.


Bolle Safety UK

Stand L80

Bollé Safety, a world leader in protective eyewear, will be launching a range of new products at the exhibition – Silium+, IRIs, Rush +, Contour Platinum. Cobra Platinum, Tracker Platinum, Atom Platinum and the Fusion + electronic welding helmet. Visit our stand to discover more and order your free sample.



Stand L86



Stand M85

Cisco will be showcasing world-class Innovation in the Rail Industry. Demonstrating ground breaking capability delivered through S.W.I.F.T. An unparalleled, High Speed connectivity to trains - up to 1GBps! Visit us at our stand next to Rail Alliance and experience a demo of the SWIFT solution and hear our presentations on stage.


Concrete Canvas Ltd

Stand L64


DRB Group

Stand L87

DRB is an integrated mechanical and electrical services group and have been providing maintenance and project engineering support to the rail industry for 20 years. We are a qualified supplier of safety critical engineering products and services for rolling stock maintenance; and we also design and manufacture depot/ workshop equipment.


Dyer Engineering Ltd

Stand K85


Cabinet Office - Emergency Planning College

Stand N91



Stand M80


Findlay Irvine Ltd

Stand L84


iLine Technologies/Channeline International

Stand M68



Stand N90

JBP CORE-6 Composites are suppliers of lightweight, corrosion resistant GRP access products that are widely used in the rail sector. The quick installation timescales of composites can help reduce line possession times therefore reducing costs and increasing efficiency. Visit us at Rail Alliance area N90 and enter our World of Composites.


Keyline Rail

Stand N93


L.C. Switchgear Ltd

Stand L69

L.C. Switchgear (LCS) is Britain’s leading supplier of DC Trackside Switchgear and have developed many approved products for major railway installations. LCS can supply a single fuse or a turnkey solution for your Substation, Depot or Trackside power supply and controls. LCS also offers servicing, maintenance and on site commissioning.


MRD Rail Technologies Pty Ltd

Stand L91


Prysmian Cables & Systems Ltd

Stand L81


PSV Wipers Ltd

Stand M60


Rail Alliance

Stand L60


Rainford Solutions Ltd

Stand K65

Rainford Solutions is a world-class UK based designer, manufacturer and integrator of high quality electronic enclosure protection solutions for indoor and outdoor environments. Rainford rail division provides an extensive range of rail solutions with high levels of physical security and protection against harsh environments. RISQS Registered Supplier, Rail Alliance Member.


Rowe Hankins Ltd

Stand K61

Rowe Hankins specialize in innovative on-train and trackside safety products for the world's railways. We have been working closely with rolling stock manufacturers, fleet operators, track owners and infrastructure contractors for over 25 years, in design and manufacture of Speed Sensors, Non-intrusive Current Monitoring devices, Intelligent Wheel Flange Lubrication systems and Earth Leakage Detection Units.


Royal British Legion Industries

Stand L93


Silver Fox Labelling Solutions

Stand K81

The simplest labelling solution on the market, tested to the highest specs. On our stand you will see our innovative labelling solutions. This includes Thermally printed labels with the thermal printer and accessories, laser printed and Engraving options. Our sales team are happy to demonstrate products and answer your questions.


Steel Line Ltd

Stand M84


Tecforce Ltd

Stand K87

Tecforce are a specialist supplier to the Railway Rolling Stock Market with skills and expertise in the combined application of engineering and materials technology to the repair an overhaul of vehicle structures and train components. Our extensive range of services is built around a portfolio of core skills including Materials Technology, Welding Technology, Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) and Rolling Stock Engineering.


Tinsley Bridge Group

Stand K69


Track Access Services Ltd

Stand L90


Visul Systems

Stand L61


Zircon Software Ltd

Stand L68

This year for Railtex, Zircon Software will be enhancing our software controlled model railway to demonstrate our latest capabilities in the field of video detection, recognition and analysis. We will be demonstrating how they can be applied to improve safety and the monitoring of asset performance & condition.

The Track

Sponsored by British Steel, our Track display area allows exhibitors to showcase their track products in-situ. There is no better way to experience a product than to see how it sits, works and looks on track as it would in the field.

There is limited availability for this feature, so we advise all interested exhibitors to book early in order to avoid disappointment.

The Track includes displays from:


British Steel

Stand R54



Stand T53


Innovative Railway Safety Ltd (Rail Safety Systems B.V.)

Stand R50

Join the magnetic revolution – Wasting time and money removing/replacing ballast? Rail Safety Systems Magnetically Attached Safety Barrier removes the need, proven to be 20 times quicker to erect/dismantle. Carcinogenic Silica dust and Weil’s disease eliminated, no effect on track circuits/axle counters, no loose components, no tools. Network Rail PA05 05085.


Sperry Rail

Stand V51


Traka - Assa Abloy

Stand T55

The Yard

Exhibitors wishing to display their heavy plant and machinery, on larger Yard spaces at Railtex 2017, can do so at a preferential rates. Supported by The Rail Plant Association and the Rail Alliance, The Yard brings the outdoors indoors.

Contact us today to book your space within the Yard area at Railtex 2017

Exhibitors include:


Camfaud Concrete Pumps Ltd

Stand N81

Seminar Theatre

Details about our seminar theatre programme featuring a daily keynote address as well as presentations from a selection of Railtex 2017 exhibitors will be listed here nearer the time.

Knowledge Hub

Throughout each day of Railtex there will be a selection of project updates, industry briefings and interactive discussion forums by senior managers responsible for the implementation of current UK rail projects and leading industry figures.

A complete programme of Project Updates and Industry Insights taking place in our Knowledge Hub will be available here nearer the show.

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