Rail Freight & Mainline (Theatre 4)



Rail Freight & Mainline (Theatre 4), Tuesday 20 March 2018

Opening Keynote Plenary: Rail Leadership


Organiser’s Welcome Remarks

Lincoln Leong

Keynote Interview: Lincoln Leong, Chief Executive Officer, MTR Corporation

Future of railway in Hong Kong and beyond: MTR’s expansion strategy 
Jeroen Weimar

Keynote Interview: Jeroen Weimar, Chief Executive Officer, Public Transport Victoria

Transforming the public transport network in Melbourne
HE Abdul Mohsin Ibrahim Younes

Keynote Interview: Abdul Mohsin Ibrahim Younes, Chief Executive Officer, Rail Agency, Roads and Transport Authority

Dubai's rail transport journey and beyond
Panel discussion

Rail Leaders' Panel

    wing the interviews, our rail leaders will gather on a panel to explore the big issues affecting rail operators all around the world. Issues for discussion include:     
  •     How can rail authorities and operators work more closely with each other to enhance service reliability and passenger satisfaction?    
  •     What is a sustainable and profitable model to manage rail development and daily operations?    
  •     With the expansion of rail networks in the next decade, what can be done to build up our rail engineering capabilities and workforce?    
  •     How can we deliver more capacity through the effective use of staff, assets and systems?    
  •     The urban mobility landscape is evolving with on-mobility demand services and new technologies, how can rail operators respond to this changing landscape? 

Title Sponsor Address


Exhibition Visit & Networking Refreshments

New Freight Corridors

Ian Whitton
Rail Freight & Mainline (Theatre 4)

Conference Chair

Junn Magno
Rail Freight & Mainline (Theatre 4)

Modernisation and expansion of Philippines National Railway

  • Opportunities to meet Philippines’ transport connectivity requirements
  • Optimising existing resources to improve mainline efficiency
  • How will Philippines Railways continue to modernize the railways and raise passenger volumes?
Hermanto Dwiatmoko
Rail Freight & Mainline (Theatre 4)

Modernisation of Indonesia’s railways to drive economic development

  •     Key projects and timelines in upgrading and building new freight lines to expand capacity?
  •     Collaboration opportunities with the private sector 
Voravuth Mala
Rail Freight & Mainline (Theatre 4)

Boosting Thailand’s railway freight development: Opportunities and challenges

  •     Service expansion in securing future demand and improvement of usage share 
  •     How does railway freight support future trade in the Greater Mekong sub-region? 
  •     How can SRT capture more on revenues from freight traffic and increase its local usage share? 
  •     How can the China-Thailand Railway Project increase freight and passenger connectivity?  

Networking Lunch & Exhbition Visit

Rail Freight Efficiency

Juergen Maier-Gyomlay
Rail Freight & Mainline (Theatre 4)

Towards sustainable rail freight operations: A case study on BLS Cargo

  •     What political and strategical  initiatives have been put in place to improve operations and efficiency?
  •     Raising freight volumes to maximise value and customer satisfaction delivered from freight service
  •     How has technology and process help to improve performance, productivity and profitability? 
Koji Nishimura
Rail Freight & Mainline (Theatre 4)

Meeting the rising demand of Asia’s freight industry

  •     Tapping on opportunities to establish greater intermodal and border connectivity
  •     Meeting the growth of Asian import and export demands
  •     Plans for system improvement, upgrading and modernizing of locomotives fleet 
Ismail Said
Rail Freight & Mainline (Theatre 4)

Transforming KTMB: Capabilities and Experience in Managing the Modernization of Railway Infrastructure

  •     Optimising the freight performance of intensively utilized mixed-traffic rail network to facilitate efficient operations
  •     How can freight trunk routings be optimized to minimise passenger/freight conflicts?
  •     Upgrading network capability to increase freight capacity 

Rail Freight Leaders Panel

Panel discussion
Rail Freight & Mainline (Theatre 4)

Rail Freight Leaders Panel: Perspectives into industry dynamics and global emerging trends

  • What role does rail play in intermodal freight
  • How should authorities and operators be collaborating to deliver end-to-end freight services?
  • Accelerating the rail freight network in the region to gain greater market share
  • What are the key challenges towards achieving sustainable development?


Exhibition VIsit & Networking Refreshments

Closing Keynote Plenary

Richard Anderson

Driving financially sustainable growth in metro networks

  •     What drives financial success and minimizes the need for long-term government funding?
  •     What are the factors that affect metro costs within and outside operator control?
  •     What has been the impact of network development on metro finances? 
  •     How can optimising capacity deliver the most cost-effective outcomes for a metro?
  •     How can today’s successful Asian metros and their governments avoid the mistakes of older metros?  
Rolf Härdi

The future is digital, transformation is now

  •     The digital future has already started. Where are we now? Where are we heading tomorrow?
  •     Deutsche Bahn’s approach to digital transformation and overcoming challenges 
  •     Digital innovations to deliver our vision of  a seamless passenger experience 
  •     How can transport companies collaborate with each other to be more successful in the digital age? 
  •     How can traditional technologies benefit from digital technologies and vice versa?
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Rail Freight & Mainline (Theatre 4), Wednesday 21 March 2018


Organiser's Welcome Address

Dr. Jacob Kam Chak-pui

A Rail Transport Perspective of the Guangzhou-HK-Macau Greater Bay Area Development

  •     Development of a city cluster in the Guangdong- Hong Kong-Macau Greater Bay Area
  •     Boosting urban connectivity and economic cooperation between Hong Kong, Macau and 9 cities in Guangdong province  
  •     Tapping into opportunities: What is MTR’s expansion strategy into Mainland China?   
Stewart Mills

Keynote Panel: Towards long-term sustainability of railway operations

  •     How can modern metros ensure financial sustainability and sufficient funds for asset upgrade and renewal?
  •     As labour costs increase, how can rail operators offset rising costs with revenue growth and increased productivity?
  •     How can rail authorities and operators work more closely together in ensuring long-term financial and quality sustainability?
  •     Building ‘liveable’ communities: Building railways that connect with and complement the urban development of a city 

Platinum Sponsor Address


Exhibition Visit & Networking Refreshments

New High Speed Rail Corridors

Dr. Philco Wong
Rail Freight & Mainline (Theatre 4)

Connecting Hong Kong to China’s national high speed rail network: An update on Express Rail Link

  •     Launching the Express Rail Link in the 3rd quarter of 2018 
  •     What are the key construction challenges and how were they overcome?
  •     Integrated testing and cross-boundary dynamic testing of train sets 
Pichet Kunadhamraks
Rail Freight & Mainline (Theatre 4)

Thailand’s high speed rail ambitions – Connecting Bangkok to Nakhon Ratchasima

  •     Building Thailand’s first high-speed rail link with a target operation date in 2020 
  •     Project timelines and collaboration opportunities 
  •     Future expansion plans – vision of linking with China- Laos Railway   
Annafi Zulkifli
Rail Freight & Mainline (Theatre 4)

Malaysia’s economic vision for the KL-SG HSR corridor

  •     What are the socio-economic benefits that will come with KL-SG HSR corridor? 
  •     Tender timeline: What are the opportunities for collaboration? 
  •     Cross-industry collaboration and economic acceleration  

Networking Lunch & Exhbition Visit

High Speed Rail Sustainability

Rail Freight & Mainline (Theatre 4)

Operational & Financial Sustainability of South Korea’s High Speed Rail Network

  •     What are the key lessons gained from Korea’s experience with high speed rail?
  •     How has HSR helped South Korea to achieve greater balance in its socio-economic development? 
  •     Plans for network expansion
Hung Kang Sung
Rail Freight & Mainline (Theatre 4)

Lessons from Taiwan High Speed Railway –- Strategies to promote sustainable growth

    aiwan High Speed Railway Project is one of the largest privately managed and funded Build-Operate-Transport projects in the world.
  •     BOT financial model and its application in the railway
  •     Overcoming the legal, administration and financial issues in the collaboration
  •     What can other emerging high speed rail projects learn from the Taiwan HSR experience? 
Philippe Lorand
Rail Freight & Mainline (Theatre 4)

38 Years of HSR with SNCF: Best practices on operational sustainability

  •     What are the key lessons gained from SNCF’s experience in operating HSR?
  •     How does SNCF establish itself in Europe’s competitive landscape?
  •     What can new HSR operators in Asia learn from SNCF in ensuring financial sustainability? 
Philippe Lorand, Director Asia, SNCF


Jayantha Gunathilake
Rail Freight & Mainline (Theatre 4)

Modernisation and expansion of Sri Lanka’s railways

  •     Upcoming developments in Sri Lanka – Proposed Railway Electrification Project & Light Rail Transit in Colombo
  •     Optimising existing resources to improve mainline efficiency
  •     How will Sri Lanka Railways continue to modernize the railways and raise passenger and freight volumes? 
Sota Ouk
Rail Freight & Mainline (Theatre 4)

Rehabilitating Cambodia’s railway networks to build regional connectivity

  •     What plans have been identified to upgrade Cambodia’s rail infrastructure to cope with increasing freight demand?
  •     How will such upgrades be financed?
  •     What are the challenges involved?  
Rail Freight & Mainline (Theatre 4)

Upgrading Vietnam's intercity networks

  •     Opportunities to meet Vietnam’s transport connectivity requirements 
  •     Optimising existing resources to improve mainline efficiency 
  •     How will Vietnam Railways continue to modernize the railways and raise passenger volumes?

Close of Asia Pacific Rail 2018

See you in 2019!
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