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21st Annual Rail Stations & Property Summit

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Place-based, rail-supported development:
adding local value 

 Changing travel patterns |  Stations as hubs |  Transport-led development  

5 March 2024

15 Hatfields, London, SE1

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What's new for 2024?

The 21st Annual Rail Stations & Property Summit will focus on three key areas led by expert speakers:

Changing travel patterns

  • 2023 has seen passenger numbers – and revenues – increase. Commuters and business travellers anticipate making more rail journeys over the next three months

  • This resurgence has so far been led by leisure travellers

  • Rail travel remains attractive, but only if it can meet new customer expectations

  • Rail's appeal is rooted in its  environmentally-friendly nature, with 82% of current customers considering eco-friendliness as ‘very’ or ‘fairly important


Stations as hubs

  • The changing nature of rail travel means that stations need to become activity and amenity centres

  • Rail stations need to support as many modes of travel as possible, including the integration of non-car modes around stations in order to reduce car dependency

  • By better understanding local, regional and national spatial ambitions, successful models for integrated rail-led regeneration  can de developed

  • Mobility hubs, for example, can link railway stations with active travel, bus and car share networks, embedding them into local economies 

Transport-led development 

  • Spotlight on the major UK projects setting new standards for placemaking and development

  • Rail's unique place in the Levelling Up agenda

  • Generating economic, social, and commercial value: maximising local value creation 

  • Developing new land uses to attract toursists, employers, workers, shoppers and leisure customers

  • Boosting accessibility and connectivity, including walking, public transport, cycling and e-mobility 

New for 2024

Rail: an integrated transport solution

Rail has a massive role to play in the Levelling Up agenda, with its unique ability to connect places and people to amenities and opportunity – and so supporting both growth and decarbonisation at the same time


The Levelling Up agenda has shone  a spotlight on the fact that rail is part of an integrated transport solution that’s about giving access to all.


 Devolution and Levelling Up has enabled greater involvement and engagement by local stakeholders who are best able to identify the areas where investment will actually deliver benefits most readily and in the most effective way.

Aligning rail-led mobility with levelling up

In transport planning, a subtle shift towards local regeneration and levelling up is taking place, making towns and cities work better for citizens and visitors alike.

Recent Levelling Up Fund (LUF) awards highlight how transport priorities are a critical part of the regeneration agenda.

Transport-enabled regeneration, doubling down on the idea that existing transport hubs like rail stations must be the focus of wider investment in housing and commercial activity.


Stations should be the natural focus for the densification of suburban towns where town-centre living will help to sustain thriving high streets.


Rail journey trends in numbers:


In autumn 2022, there were on average 1,576,764 daily passenger arrivals into major cities. This represents an increase of 43% compared to autumn 2021, but 15% below the same period in autumn 2019. Of these daily arrivals in autumn 2022, 38% were in the morning peak (07:00 to 09:59).


London had the highest rail passenger numbers arriving into a city across the day (997,346), over 9 times that of Birmingham (the second highest at 108,165).


Leisure travel grew by a fifth (19%) in the second quarter of this year, with a rise in the use of discount Railcards (21% of revenue was brought in via Railcard use this quarter vs 16% in the same quarter in 2019).


Commuting was up 6%, while business travel was up 8%, as more people went into the office more often and there were fewer strike days.


Rail revenue was up 13% (£295 million) vs. the previous quarter, but rail still faces a sizeable hole in its finances and GBRTT is calling for the industry to work together to go for growth.


In Great Britain, 2,570 stations were served by mainline rail services as at 31 March 2022, including one new station which opened during the year, Soham. The most used station in the latest year was London Waterloo with an estimated 41.4 million entries and exits.


Passenger numbers at the top 20 busiest stations exceeded 158 million in the year to the end of March. This compares to just 436 ‘entry and exits’ at the 20 least-used stations.

Sources: Department for Transport and GBRTT

Who's speaking?

Philip Beer, Partner, Burges Salmon

Philip Beer

Burges Salmon

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Silka Kennedy-Todd

Head of Integrated Transport

Great British Railways Transition Team

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Hannah Donovan

Transport Planner

Transport for London


Simone Bailey

Asset Management Director



John Siruat

Senior Director - Economics


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James Gagg

Project Lead

England's Economic Heartland

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Seb Loyn

Director of Planning and Development

YTL Developments (UK)

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David Warner

Senior BusinessAnalyst  Transport for London

Russell Curtis

Russell Curtis


RCKa architects


Ian Bruce

Associate Director,
Transport Planning



Lorna Pimlott

Managing Director

UK Infrastructure Bank

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Sam Uren


SLC Rail

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Richard Jones



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Helen Murphy

Head of Rail


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James Walker




Simon Taylor

Regional Director
LCR Property



Please note that the programme is currently under development. To discuss speaking opportunities, please contact Juliana O'Rourke at




Tea & coffee served in the exhibition area.


Introduction & welcome

Morning Chair:  Simone Bailey, Asset Management Director, Greater Anglia


Session 1: Rail to the rescue – stations serving a new mobility

Rail to the rescue?

Philip Beer, Partner, Burges Salmon


Travel trends and directions for 2024

John Siraut, Senior Director, Economics, Jacobs

Levelling Up with rail-led regeneration

Richard Jones, Partner, Arcadis


Morning networking

Tea & coffee served in the exhibition area


Session 2: Levelling Up, rail  and development 

Boosting housing capacity around rural stations

Russell Curtis, Founding Director, RCKa

Integrated rail: supporting future plans for transport, housing, health and economic growth

Silka Kennedy-Todd, Head of Integrated Transport, Great British Railways Transition Team


Improving main lines and hub stations for  community benefit

James Gagg, Project Lead, England's Economic Heartland


Tyne and Wear: the social value of Metro

Ian Bruce, Associate Director, Transport Planning, and James Walker, SYSTRA


Networking lunch

Lunch served in the exhibition area.


Welcome back
Afternoon Chair: Helen Murphy, Head of Rail, Arcadis
Session 3: Rail – unlocking regeneration and value

Solving infrastructure financing problems: supporting regional and local economic growth through better connectivity

Lorna Pimlott, Managing Director, Local Authority lending and advisory services, UK Infrastructure Bank


The Elizabeth line: transforming the capital

Hannah Donovan, Transport Planner, Public Service Transport Planning, Transport for London and David Warner, Senior Business Analyst, Transport for London

The Weavers Cross development, Belfast

Len McComb, Projects Director, LendLease Consultancy & Des Taggart, Senior Property Development Manager, Translink


Bristol Brabazon: a new rail-led neighbourhood

Seb Loyn, Director of Planning and Development, YTL Developments (UK)  




Afternoon networking

Tea & coffee served in the exhibition area

16.15 - 17.15

Session 4: Rail-led development: how to smooth the way – panel discussion

Chair: Helen Murphy, Head of Rail, Arcadis


Simon Taylor, Regional Director, LCR Property

Sam Uren, Director, SLC Rail

Philip Beer, Partner, Burges Salmon

17.15 -17:45

Networking drinks

Published programme subject to change


Who you will meet...

Developers and real estate professionals

Government & regulatory bodies

Fund managers and banks

Local authorities


Rail companies

Property companies and retailers

Property agents

Regeneration agencies

Lawyers and other professionals

Who you will meet

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