The Australasian Railway Association (ARA) hosted its New Zealand Rail Conference last week, bringing together key industry and government stakeholders to discuss opportunities for rail in New Zealand.
ARA Chief Executive Officer Caroline Wilkie said the New Zealand Government is investing NZ$54 billion in land transportation in the next decade and delivering transformational projects including the City Rail Link in Auckland.
The conference provides the opportunity to discuss the innovation, collaboration and technical expertise supporting the current investment in rail in New Zealand.
Caroline Wilkie, ARA Chief Executive Officer
Peter Lensink, Chief Officer & Managing Director of Transdev NZ, in attendance with the ‘who’s who’ of New Zealand’s rail industry was very positive about the two days full of insightful discussion on the challenges facing the nation during what is a pivotal moment.
In addition, Peter represented Transdev by chairing a panel about leading people and gave an address on ‘The sustainability impacts of strategic investment in rail’.
The New Zealand Rail Conference brought together 300 people representing passenger and freight operators, contractors, advisors, and suppliers to discuss the role of rail in supporting New Zealand cities and communities. In addition, to Peter, key speakers included: Minister of Transport, Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety the Hon Michael Wood, Te Manatū Waka Ministry of Transport Acting Chief Executive Bryn Gandy, KiwiRail Chief Executive Officer Peter Reidy, and many more.
As a global leader in green transportation with strong roots in New Zealand, we’re a well-placed advocate for rail as the centrepiece of a functional network and tool for driving a much-needed 'mode shift'.
Peter Lensink, Chief Officer & Managing Director of Transdev NZ