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After a week at home I’m back on the rails & heading for Birmingham. I’ll be based there for the next couple of days as this years Railtex exhibition is at the NEC. It starts tomorrow & should be a fascinating event. From what I’ve seen so far it promises to be the largest ever. There’s a whole host of presentations on matters such as rail electrification & Hs2, plus train builder Hitachi has something to say on their vision for high speed rail. Railtex is always a good event to catch up with friends, colleagues & keep abreast of developments in a diverse & growing industry.

In the meantime, we await the announcement of the new Tory transport team & who will be appointed Transport Minister. Whoever it is will have a busy time! There are some huge schemes & big ticket items for the department to look after.

Meanwhile,  Labour have to choose their shadow team. I suspect the industry won’t be sad to see the back of Michael Dugher as his grandstanding & attitude made him few friends. It would be good to see Labour match the Tories pledge to get more women into senior roles & give the job to the talented Lilian Greenwood…

Expect some blogging & lots of pictures to appear over the next few days. After B’ham I’m back in London for another event that combines two loves – beer and trains!