Depot of the Future

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Date(s) - November 29 2022
9:30am - 3:30pm

CAVC Business Centre, Cardiff

Last few places remaining.

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The pivotal and critical activity of railway depots are often overlooked for the ‘sexy’ rolling stock or complex major infrastructure projects and we are delighted to bring depots to the forefront with this exciting new event.

Traversing both infrastructure and rolling stock depots, this event will bring both worlds together for exciting insights and interesting debate.


This varied programme of speakers will provide insights into existing challenges, newly completed projects, optimisation opportunities as well as highlighting the many ways that depots can support on decarbonisation targets as well as insight on depots as we look forward to 2023 and beyond.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Darren Stradling Engineering Manager Transport for Wales
  • Tim Evans Technical Director (Civils) Amey Consulting
  • Gethin Jones Technical Director (Signalling) Amey Consulting
  • Mike Davies, Insight & Innovation Manager, Transport for Wales
  • Alex Cochrane, Infinitive Group
  • David O’Neill, Engineering Consultant, Frazer Nash Consultancy
  • Chris Reid, Managing Director, RTS Infrastructure
  • Adrian Hugill, Senior Programme Manager, Great British Railways Transition Team
  • Steve Ball, Digitalisation Programme Manager, DB Cargo
  • *new Andy Billington, Sales Director, Technique Services 
  • *new Adam Cousins, Head of Business Development, LB Foster

*VIP Guests*

We are delighted to welcome confirmed VIP guests from TfW, GCRE, WMT, EMR, DfT and Abellio along to this exciting event.

Site Visit

We are thrilled to further offer optional post networking lunch visits to either Canton Depot or Taffs Well Depot and provide members with the difficult choice of which visit they will choose. Note that delegates can only attend one tour (either Canton or Taffs Well).

As these are working depots please advise in advance if you have any mobility requirements and we will liaise with the depot/s to explore options.

PPE – Delegates wishing to participate in the tour, will be required to bring their own PPE: safety footwear, safety goggles and hi-vis upper body garment.

Event Partners

We welcome Rail Forum members Infinitive Group, RTS Infrastructure, Gramm Barriers and Amey as event partners.  Each offer exciting solutions for depot activity.



Who should attend?

We encourage members across our rolling stock and infrastructure sectors to consider this event.   Delegates with an interest in either rolling stock OR infrastructure depots, depot equipment, depot services, depot design, depot enhancements and improvements, innovation, decarbonisation solutions, digital solutions, safety solutions will all find this key event of interest.

Location and Travel

We encourage members to use train travel where possible to our events.  This event venue has been selected because of its proximity to Cardiff Central Train station (just 5 minutes walk).  Post event depot visits will have transfers provided taking delegates to and from the depot tour.  Note that delegates can only attend one tour (either Canton or Taffs Well).

Dietary Requirements – please confirm in the additional comments box below if you have any special dietary requirements, we need to be aware of when booking.

Rail Forum Members tickets

Members are encouraged to book up to TWO free places.  If you wish to have additional places, please get in touch with This will be charged at £50 per ticket.  We anticipate this event will be oversubscribed and will run a waiting list for any additional places.

Non-Member tickets

Non-Members are welcome to attend this event.  We have allocated a small number of pay-for, non-member tickets.  For individuals not familiar with Rail Forum events, we provide high quality events with expert speakers, issuing delegate lists with joining instructions in advance and programming effective networking breaks to allow delegates to gain maximum value for time and money.  For a discussion regarding the benefits of becoming a Rail Forum member, contact our Membership Manager,


Registrations close on 22 November 2022.

Sorry, bookings for this event are closed.
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