Who spoke at the 2017 RIA parliamentary reception?
Houses of Parliament
On the 24th October, 2017, Darren Caplan, Chief Executive of the Railway Industry Association (RIA) welcomed guests to the Houses of Parliment. The purpose of the event in my mind was two-fold. Firstly, to give RIA guests and members the opportunity to meet with parliamentarians and other members. Secondly, to allow the relatively new (been in his role under 12-months) Chief Exec, to draw a line in the sand and state the re-focused objectives of RIA… and what could be a better statement than hosting the event here!
Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP
The Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP, Secretary of State for Transport, delivered the keynote address. Kudos to him for starting off his speech by explaining why he’d scrapped the £500m investment in electrification. His thinking was that, if this alone didn’t deliver any journey time reductions, then it wasn’t worth doing. I see his point, although some might disagree!
Stephen Hammond MP
The former Transport Minister, Stephen Hammond MP, gave a light-hearted speech, between the Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP and Darren Caplan.