Rail NZ 2019 - Light Vs Heavy Rail: Moving People & Exploring Options will take place in Auckland from 12-13th September 2019. The 2-day International Summit will look at NZ’s current developments in urban rail transportation and what the Government is looking at doing in the future to improve accessibility to public transport as well as look at new developments, challenges, issues, opportunities and how other countries are developing integrated and efficient transport networks.

Advisory Committee

Mike Yeoman
(Organising Committee)
David Hyland, MD, Rail Personnel (Organising Committee)

Panel of Government & Industry Speakers including:

Leo Mak, Director of Systems, KVMRT Project, MMC-Gamuda, Malaysia
Priyanka Kumar, Architect - Urban Planner, Regional Centre for Urban & Environmental Studies, Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs, Govt of India
Andrew Sharp, Policy Adviser, International Air Rail Organisation, UK
Owen Hayward, Partner, Legal, PwC
Bob Lupton, Group Safety Director, Richmond Group of Companies
Tilo Franz, General Manager, Operations & Maintenance, Canberra Metro Operations (Operator of Canberra’s Light Rail Stage 1)
Harriet Shelton, Manager, Regional Travel, Greater Wellington Regional Council


With the government's continued commitment to enhancing rail network to connect people and communities, the NZ rail industry currently valued to be approximately between $1.47b and $1.54b annually provides both opportunities and challenges. Key projects including the City Rail Link and Auckland’s Light Rail Programme will improve the city’s rail transportation network maximising rail capacity to move people and do it sustainably. Rail NZ 2019 - Light Vs Heavy Rail : Moving People & Exploring Options will address current developments in urban rail transportation with particular focus on the country's regional councils and their plans and vision for a safe and efficient rail transport system. "The Government Policy Statement 2018 (GPS) makes provision for the improvement of rail through new urban and interregional commuter rail services and outlines a capital delivery investment phase out to FY26. Rail has a prominent focus within the GPS as an enabler of sustainable economic development, which links New Zealand’s regions and ports to export markets overseas." KiwiRail, Sustainable & Inclusive Growth for New Zealand

Key Rail Projects in New Zealand

City Rail Link - Auckland’s first underground rail line - scheduled for 2024! Largest transport project undertaken in NZ. It allows for at least a doubling of rail capacity with estimated growth statistics suggesting that by 2035, CRL Stations will need to cope with about 54,000 passengers/hour at peak travel times. The 3.45 twin tunnel underground rail link up to 42m below the city centre transforming downtown Britomart Transport Centre into a 2-way station to better connect the Auckland rail network. Currently estimated at $4.4billion.
Auckland Light Rail Project - The Auckland Transport Alignment Project (ATAP) has committed to providing a $6billion Rapid Transit Corridor between the city centre and the airport and to Auckland’s northwest by 2028. This is a first for NZ providing a modern integrated public transport system with seamless connections.
Electrification of Papakura to Pukekohe - In 2012 Auckland Council commissioned a report into electrifying the railway from Papakura to Pukekohe.  The Labour Party and the National Party both expressed support for the project during the 2017 general election. In 2018 the Auckland Transport Alignment Project report recommended it as a priority for the coming decade.
Upgrading of Wellington Rail Network - Transport Minister Phil Twyford announced in Oct 2018 that the New Zealand Transport Agency would pump $193m into the region’s rail network to upgrade ageing tracks and infrastructure and increase safety.
Recently unveiled $6.4 billion plan to revamp Wellington’s urban transport plan including a rapid transit system to Wellington airport.
5 year Hamilton - Auckland commuter rail trial approved - 19 Dec 2018 - the board of NZTA approved a business case for a daily commuter service between Hamilton and Auckland, paving the way for a 5 year trial starting in March 2020. The 1hr 22min service will start at Frankton, Hamilton and end at Papakura, Auckland with 2 stops in between and a distance of 1-5km connecting the service with the Auckland commuter rail network. The project allows for the fit-out of rolling stock and the detailed design of infrastructure and is estimated to cost $78.2m with funding from NZTA - $68.4m and local authorities (Waikato Regional, Hamilton City and Waikato District Councils) - $9.8m. Seamless facilities will be key to the service’s success.
Puhunui Interchange - $60 million upgrade to the Puhunui Rail Station interchange in South Auckland in the hopes of cutting travel times between airport and CBD and helping to create a 21st century public transport system for Auckland

Join us as we bring together an international panel of governments, city and town planners, urban designers and architects, policy advisers and analysts and leading industry presenters to discuss and explore key issues impacting both the light and heavy rail industries within an urban setting enabling people and communities to be connected, and the lessons NZ could take away to implement its own rail expansion plans.

The 2-day agenda will look at:
  • Auckland’s rail and integrated transport network as NZ’s largest city with 1.4 million people and estimated to increase by another 3/4 million in the next 30 years
  • What plans the Government has to upgrade the Wellington Rail Network
  • 30 year New Zealand Infrastructure Plan 2015 - by 2045, NZ’s infrastructure will be resilient and coordinated, and will contribute to a strong economy and high living standards. The Ministry of Transport’s Strategic Policy Programme “Create the environment to double the value from transport initiatives” To achieve this, the Ministry needs to understand what NZ’s economy will look like in the future, what kind of public transport system is needed and how this can be managed, provided and funded. More than $4 billion is invested annually into the land transport system by central and local government.
  • Regional and city urban planning and integrated transport networks - we will take a look at the various regions and their plans for rail network development and urban development
  • Financial models and the consequent implications
  • Public transport development for the medium and long term
  • Projects, safety assurance and risk assessment and legislations
  • Challenges in building new LR and HR schemes within urban settings
  • Benchmarking international world-class case studies
  • Delivering integrated transport systems that are sustainable, within costs and on time
  • New initiatives for regional growth and government guarantees, subsidies and investment that support increased transport network
  • Innovative technology
  • Future cities - smart cities, climate change, energy efficiency and customer experiences
Programme Agenda

Day 1 - Thursday 12th September 2019
08:00 Registration & Morning Coffee
09:00 Chairman’s Welcome Address
09:15 Opening Keynote Address

Designing Integrated, Feasible and Efficient Transport Networks

Update on the City Rail Link project

Update on Auckland Light Rail Programme

Effective land use and integrated transport networks

Light Rail as the preferred mode of transport - competitive mass transit solution?
Mass transit in Wellington : Heavy rail, light rail and other possibilities
  • The story so far
  • Let’s Get Wellington Moving and next steps for regional passenger rail
  • How do Wellingtonians travel and what do they need?
  • The public transport challenge in Wellington
  • Solutions
Harriet Shelton, Manager, Regional Travel, Greater Wellington Regional Council

Learning case studies from around the world - best practices and benchmarking opportunities
The following session will focus on different projects and updates globally highlighting the challenges and opportunities in both light and heavy rail. They will highlight policy objectives and if these have been met as well as the planning and technical challenges in getting projects off the ground and within budget.

Case study of 2 fully automatic train systems: Yongin LRT, South Korea Klang Valley MRT of Malaysia
  • Definitions of LRT and MRT
  • Selection between LRT and MRT for a city
  • Technology trends in LRT and MRT
  • Challenges of fully automatic transit systems
  • Case study 1: Yongin LRT, South Korea
  • Case study 2: Klang Valley MRT, Malaysia
  • Transport demand and features of New Zealand cities
  • Opportunities of future transit systems for New Zealand
Leo Mak, Director of Systems, KVMRT Project, MMC-Gamuda, Malaysia

Financial implications and options including Public/Private financing models and risk sharing

Sydney Metro - Contracting models and risk allocation
  • Contracting models for first and subsequent stages
  • Interface risk between tunnel contract, viaduct contract and PPP contract
  • Impact of PPP on VfM for subsequent stages
  • How industry participants are responding to Australia’s overheated civil construction market
Owen Hayward, Partner, Legal, PwC

Why high speed rail projects fail (and how to save them)
  • Review fo reported issues on HS2 in the UK and California HSR project
  • Update on status of KL-Singapore HSR project
  • Critical success factors for rail projects
  • Lessons learned from past projects and how to apply them in the future

Closing Interactive Panel Session of local and regional governments
The panel will bring together local and regional governments and councils from around NZ to discuss their respective cities and towns’ rail transport plans and initiatives to develop a sustainable and integrated public transport system

05:30 End of Day 1 followed by Official Networking Evening Drinks
Day 2 - Friday 13th September 2019
08:30 Morning Coffee
09:00 Chairman’s Welcome Address

Morning Keynote Address
Providing one integrated public transport system to keep NZ moving               
Invited :
NZ Transport Agency
  • Transforming the performance of public transport system by integrating digital technology with physical infrastructure to create a safe, connected system that works for everyone
  • Development for the medium and long term
  • Urban development for cities that is efficient and sustainable
  • New initiatives for regional growth and unlocking opportunities to keep NZ moving
  • Customer care and value - using a people centric approach
  • Connecting cities and people

Technological innovations for urban development
This session will look at how modern technology is changing the way rail networks are managed and will include presentations, benchmarking international case studies and insights from solution providers and suppliers ssues addressed include:

Artificial intelligence in Mass Public Transport
The public transport systems have become quite sophiscated with numerous sensors to monitor vehicle health and location and record vehicle usage parameters. This has manifested in better information and analytics for passengers and operators. There are new opportunities to adopt machine learning and neural networks to enhance the performance of public transport even further. This session will address key focus areas and some best case examples around the world.

Changing the way rail networks are managed with 21st century technology
Mobile technology delivering solutions for operators and passengers
Implementing predictive maintenance systems
Use of predictive condition and monitory systems, analysing rolling stock signals and sensor data
Internet of Things - cloud based diagnostics systems to monitor train faults, breakdowns, passenger traffic
Fleet management technology
Using technology to improve safety and reducing maintenance and inspection costs

Role of stakeholder engagement/public participation in urban transport planning
  • The presentation will focus on the importance of stakeholder engagement in urban transport planning
  • What are the various methods of stakeholder engagement (Qualitative & Quantitative methods)?
  • Best practice case studies of public participation in urban transport policies
  • How do the various stakeholder engagement impact efficient delivery of urban transport policies
Priyanka Kumar, Architect - Urban Planner, Regional Centre for Urban & Environmental Studies, Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs, Govt of India

Worldwide experience of light and heavy rail connections to airports
  • Types of heavy rail to airports
  • Types of light rail to airports
  • Where do the different types work?
  • What mode share do they achieve?
  • What do they cost?
Andrew Sharp, Policy Adviser, International Air Rail Organisation, UK

Effective integration of social, economic and engineering to develop better transit systems

Safety risks of Light Rail - Is New Zealand ready to accept the risks
Bob Lupton, Group Safety Director, Richmond Group of Companies

Safety & risk assessment
  • Meeting National Safety Standards
  • Exploring the efficiency of international safety and risk frameworks
  • Meeting compliance
  • Security issues
Interactive Roundtable Discussion
Challenges in building new LR and HR schemes within urban settings - designing and implementing solutions that work

Future and smart cities - Climate change, energy efficiency and customer experiences
05:30 Close of Rail NZ 2019 - Light Vs Heavy Rail: Moving People & Exploring Options

About the Speakers

  Priyanka Kumar, Architect - Urban Planner, Regional Centre for Urban & Environmental Studies,
Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs
, Govt of India

Priyanka did her B.Arch from Kurukshetra University  and M.Plan from School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi.

She is currently working in the capacity of Urban Planner at Regional Center of urban and environmental studies, Lucknow established by Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs.

She has worked as Research Assistant in IIPA (Indian Institute of Public Administration, New Delhi) and  in Ministry of External Affairs, New Delhi.
  Leo Mak, Director of Systems, KVMRT Project, MMC-Gamuda, Malaysia

Leo Mak is currently the Systems Director of the KVMRT Project of Malaysia. He has been in charge of the following major railway systems projects in Asia in the last twenty years:
  • Line 1 and 2 of the Fully Automatic Klang Valley MRT of Malaysia with MMC-GAMUDA
  • Yong-In Advance Rapid Transit (Fully Automatic LRT) O&M of South Korea with Bombardier
  • Hong Kong West Rail and Beijing Metro Line 4 with MTR Hong Kong; and the
Intercity Through-Train Modernisation Project between Hong Kong and China
  Andrew Sharp, Policy Adviser, International Air Rail Organisation

Mr. Sharp has over 30 years experience in the transportation industry - mainly the rail industry in the UK. For 14 years he was Director-General of the International Air Rail Organisation, a world-wide group of organisations across the air and rail industry with an interest in rail links to airports. He retired in 2012 and is now their Policy Adviser. He has undertaken consultancy work for a number of companies interested in airport rail connections, and has also been retained by Heathrow Express as a consultant. He is a visiting lecturer at Cranfield University and the College of Europe. He has a Masters degree in Transportation and Traffic Planning from the University of Birmingham, and is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport. He is a member of the Transportation Research Board’s Committee on Intermodal Transfer Facilities and their Aviation Sustainability Sub-Committee, and the Aviation Policy Group of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport. He is married with two children, and lives in St. Albans, the historic city 20 miles north of London where he was born.
  Owen Hayford, Partner, PwC Legal, Australia

Owen leads PwC’s Australian legal service offering for public infrastructure projects. He has 25 years experience advising on the procurement, delivery and through-life support of major transport infrastructure projects. His experience extends from traditional contracting models to PPPs, relationship-based contracts, operating franchises and other innovative contract delivery models. Owen led the legal team that advised the NSW Government on the PPP contract for the recently opened Sydney Metro project.  Owen has also advised government and the private sector on many other significant rail projects including the Waratah Train PPP, the NSW New Intercity Fleet project, the NSW Regional Fleet project, the NSW Outer Suburban railCar (OSCar) project, the Millennium Train project and the Adelaide to Darwin railway project. He is a Senior Fellow at the University of Melbourne where he teaches the Masters of Laws course on Public Private Partnerships (PPPs).  He is also a past Council Member of the Australian branch of the International Project Finance Association.
  Tilo Franz, General Manager, Operations & Maintenance, Canberra Metro Operations
(Operator of Canberra’s Light Rail Stage 1)

Since November 2017, Tilo Franz is the General Manager for Operations and Maintenance of Canberra Metro in the ACT. During his previous professional life as the Managing Director of Hamburg Consult Tilo has been head of International tenders and projects for over 25 years. He has strong managerial capabilities and has served as a project manager and project director for different projects since 1992. His knowledge and skills obtained in almost 3 decades of professional activity in the traffic and transport sector include planning of master plans and public transport systems, development of integrated traffic and transport networks as well as strategic consulting for transport authorities and transportation companies. He has worked on a wide range of national and international projects with regard to policy review, capacity building and strategic consulting for government authorities and public transport companies as well as master planning.
  Harriet Shelton, Manager Regional Transport, Greater Wellington Regional Council

Harriet Shelton has worked in land use and transport planning for 22 years, mostly within local government but also private consulting. Having qualified in Resource and Environmental Planning (Hons) at Massey University she initially worked in regulatory planning before transferring to transport planning while living in the UK. After a number of council and consultancy roles, Harriet spent 6 years as Principal Planner at Transport for London advising the Mayor of London on the strategic transport implications of major urban development and planning policy proposals. Since returning to New Zealand in 2012, Harriet’s work has focused on strategic policy advice and collaboration in transport, urban planning and infrastructure. In her current role, Harriet leads a team of 14 advisors and analysts who provide regional leadership, strategic transport advice and analytics in partnership with NZTA and the region’s territorial authorities, and deliver travel demand management, road safety and behaviour change programmes across the Wellington region. Harriet is also the convenor of the Transport Special Interest Group, a consortium of all 16 regional and unitary councils across New Zealand which facilitates knowledge sharing and provides collective regional sector advice and advocacy to central government. Harriet’s interests include the integration of land use and transport, strategic and spatial planning, and the behavioural aspects of transport planning.
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