A man wearing headphones speaks into a microphone in a recording studio, discussing the future of railways.

The future of Britain’s railways with Lord Adonis

In this episode we meet Lord Adonis who we were delighted to welcome to our offices alongside senior representatives from across the rail sector.

Andrew Adonis is a member of the House of Lords and founding Chair of the UK’s National Infrastructure Commission. He was a Government Minister in Tony Blair’s government, and went on to become Secretary of State for Transport under Gordon Brown.

So his reflections on where we’ve come in Britain when it comes to rail travel, and what we need to be thinking about in the future draw on a wide range of personal experience. Lord Adonis was closely involved with setting up HS2 when it was just a small start-up. He also played a leading role in bringing Crossrail to London – one of the most ambitious infrastructure projects the capital has ever delivered.

Music on this episode is by Phill Ward Music (www.phillward.com)

Show notes

If you would like to hear more about the themes that Lord Adonis discusses listen to our feature episode “Reimagining our railways and stations” where we explore how innovation and new technologies are shaping the future of the rail industry as it rises to the huge challenges the 21st Century is throwing at it.

You can also listen to our interview with the broadcaster and former MP, Michael Portillo about Britain’s railway history and what the future might look like – click here.

To learn more about the UK’s first ‘Station Innovation Zone’ and how the Catapult is supporting Bristol Temple Meads station to trial new technologies, click here.

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