By the beginning of April more than 350 companies had joined the list of exhibitors at Railtex 2011, which takes place at Earls Court, London, from 14th to 16th June. Companies exhibiting include many of the best-know names in the UK market – among them Atkins, Bombardier Transportation, Faiveley Transport, GE Transportation, Invensys Rail, Knorr-Bremse Rail Systems, Siemens Mobility and Tata Steel.
The show will have something to offer for all sectors of the rail industry – with a strong emphasis on innovation. Among products on show by track and infrastructure suppliers will be a new rail clipping machine, the latest rail saws and improved systems for work sites, plus developments in level crossing design and a new source of anti-vibration track products. Some of the companies in this area of the industry will be exhibiting as part of the popular on-track display.
In the rolling stock sector, visitors can expect to see innovations in braking materials, developments in battery technology and enhanced wheel profile measurement systems. The latest ergonomic driver’s seats and, with a focus on maintenance, new train washing products and ways of improving depot safety will also be on show.
State-of-the-art signalling systems by leading suppliers will be on show, as well as new lightweight signal structures. Innovations in communications and data systems will feature too, including new products for passenger counting, customer information, CCTV and Ethernet technology. And among exhibits aimed at meeting rising passenger expectations will be the latest modular station structures.
A full list of exhibitors is available on the Railtex website – www.railtex.co.uk
While exhibitors and their products form the centrepiece of Railtex, organisers Mack Brooks Exhibitions have continued to develop the event to enhance its value for visitors. This year’s show is no exception, with an extensive programme of seminars aimed at providing a deeper understanding of the development of both rail policy and technology.
A key participant in Railtex will be Network Rail. With major changes in progress in the company’s structure and procurement processes, the show offers an opportunity for the industry as whole to understand how these might affect the entire supply chain.
In addition to its stand presence, Network Rail will present a series of briefings in a seminar theatre set up in the exhibition hall. These are expected to include a talk on the company’s new approach to supplier engagement plus updates on current major projects – a Thameslink progress report, the London Bridge redevelopment, the main line electrification programme, the Birmingham New Street scheme and Reading capacity enhancement. These sessions will be open to all show participants at no cost. In addition, Network Rail Chairman Rick Haythornthwaite will formally open the show on 14th June.
Also taking place during all three days of the show will be a wide-ranging programme of drop-in seminars hosted by The Rail Engineer magazine. Highlights will be a keynote presentation by Transport Secretary Philip Hammond and an address by Sir Roy McNulty, author of the recent value for Money report on Britain’s rail system. Entry to these seminars will also be free.
Organisations supporting Railtex 2011 include the Rail Alliance and the Railway Industry Association, both with a stand presence. The RIA is working with UKTI, the Government’s trade promotion agency, to stage a ‘Meet the Buyers’ event at Earls Court during the show, offering one-on-one sessions with invited foreign buyers. Also endorsing this year’s event are the Institution of Engineering and Technology, the Institution of Railway Signal Engineers and the Permanent Way Institution.
The last Railtex in 2009 was a great success, with 373 exhibitors and 8250 visitors from 47 countries. The number of participants rises to 10,730 when exhibitor personnel are included. With a very promising level of pre-registrations for this year’s event, the organisers are confident that Railtex 2011 will be equally busy.
ntry to the show and most of its associated events is free for pre-registered visitors. The simplest way to pre-register is to go the show website www.railtex.co.uk
and follow the on-screen links. There is also a telephone hotline for pre-registration – 0844 665 2048
. Pre-registration avoids a £15 fee for on-site registration and avoids possible delays entering the exhibition. More details of all activities taking place during Railtex can also be found on the website.Essential information
The following information is reproduced from www.railtex.co.uk
for the convenience of potential visitors to the event.Opening hours
Tuesday 14th June 2011 10:00 – 17:00
Wednesday 15th June 2011 10:00 – 17:00
Thursday 16th June 2011 10:00 – 16:00Register to visit
Pre-registered entry to Railtex 2011 is free of charge.
to register for your fast-track entry badge. Entry on the day is £15.
Railtex 2011 will take place at Earls Court Two in London. Centrally located in the capital, with excellent public transport links, the venue is well placed to draw visitors from the country’s principal rail transport undertakings and decision-making bodies.
Earls Court Two offers high levels of on-site facilities for exhibitors, including provision for displaying large items of equipment. Off-site, the venue is served by the best in accommodation, eating and entertainment that London has to offer.
More information, including a location map, may be found at www.eco.co.uk
Getting to Earls Court Two
take the A406 westbound to A4. Continue on A4 over Hammersmith Flyover until A4 becomes West Cromwell Road and follow signs.
follow directions as above.
follow signs for central London, take Wandsworth or Putney Bridges.
From Wandsworth Bridge, turn left onto New Kings Road, turn right onto Fulham High Street, which becomes Fulham Palace Road, turn right onto Lillie Road and follow signs.
From Putney Bridge, turn left onto Fulham Palace Road and follow directions as above.
follow signs to central London, take Blackfriars, London, Waterloo, Vauxhall, Southwark, Chelsea or Battersea Bridges, turn left along Embankment and follow signs.
follow signs for central London towards Tower or London Bridge. Do not cross bridge, instead continue along Embankment and follow signs.Car Parking
Seagrave Road Car Park (P1) – open air car park, accommodating all vehicles (a short walk to Earls Court). Postcode: SW6 1RX
Red Car Park (P2) – Multi-storey car park located on site next to Earls Court Two (only available during event open periods). Postcode: SW5 9TA
Other car parks may be viewed at www.eco.co.ukBy Underground
From West Brompton station
(District line), the venue is directly opposite the station exit. Walk to the left-hand side.
From Earls Court station
(District and Piccadilly lines), exit through the Warwick Road exit and walk down the left-hand side of the building.By railWest Brompton station
– London Overground and Southern Trains run direct services to West Brompton station. The entrance to the venue is directly opposite the exit at West Brompton station.Eurostar
For the quickest route from St. Pancras International station to the venue, take the Piccadilly line from King’s Cross St. Pancras to Earls Court.
By airHeathrow Airport
Take the Piccadilly line to Earls Court. For Olympia, change onto the District line to Kensington Olympia.
Alternatively take the Heathrow Express to Paddington and change onto the District line to Earls Court.
Web: www.baa.com/heathrowGatwick Airport
You can take the Gatwick Express to Victoria and change onto the District line to Earls Court.
Alternatively train services run to Clapham Junction where you can change onto a direct train to West Brompton.
Web: www.baa.com/gatwickStansted Airport
You can take the Stansted Express to Liverpool Street and either take the Central line to Holborn and change onto the Piccadilly line, or the Circle line to Edgware Road and change onto the District line to Earls Court.
General enquiries: 0870 0000 303
Web: www.baa.com/stanstedCity Airport
Take the Docklands Light Railway from City Airport to Canning Town. Change onto the Jubilee line to Westminster. At Westminster, change onto the District line to Earls Court.
Earls Court enjoys a number of quality hotels just minutes from the venue. The Hotel & Conference Company offers special rates to visitors and exhibitors at Railtex 2011. Tel: 01767 262 546
or email email@example.com
For more information please contact the event organisers:
Tel: 01727 814 400