Rails et Histoire

Colloque. SUCCESS for 20 years under the Channel, and beyond : Capital and Governance of Major Infrastructure Projects

Rails et histoire dedicated the 2nd international conference in its Twenty years under the Channel, and beyond cycle to Capital and governance in major infrastructure projects. The conference was under the patronage of Her Excellency Sylvie Bermann, French Ambassador to the United Kingdom.

Colloque. SUCCESS for 20 years under the Channel, and beyond : Capital and Governance of Major Infrastructure Projects

On 8 December 2015 at the Institut Français in London, over 80 professionals, active in the civil engineering, infrastructure, finance and transport sectors, took part to a discussion with leading academic experts and Channel Tunnel project “veterans”.

Together, they drew lessons from their various experiences with the biggest infrastructure project completed to date.

The high level experts mobilized by the conference shed a new light on the subject. Both the funding scheme and governance principles of major railway projects must be adjusted during their lifetime, as the Channel Tunnel and High Speed One show plainly. Revision can lead to restructuring – a process which doesn’t jeopardize the final success.

The history of the Cross-Channel railway link highlights factors of success for PPPs : an adequate incentive for investors to complete the project ; a strong project leader ; a clear split of responsibilities between parties.

Finally, the conference confirmed that the dialogue between professionals and historians is instrumental in building references for today’s challenges.

Capital and governance in major infrastructure projects

An International Conference held in London, Institut français

on Tuesday, 8 December 2015

Keynotes speakers :

  • Prof. Christian de Boissieu, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne
  • Dr Terence R Gourvish, LSE
  • Prof. Roger Vickerman, University of Kent
  • Richard Threlfall, KPMG
  • Hugh Goldsmith and Patrick Bœuf, EIB
  • Patrick Mitchell and Tim Briggs, Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
  • Christophe Pélissié du Rausas, VINCI
  • David Azéma, Rails et histoire
  • Jean-Pierre Ghuysen, former co-chairman of the Channel Tunnel Intergovernmental Commission

Rails et histoire thanks for their support :

Partners for the Programme Twenty years under the Channel, and beyond :

  • KPMG
  • Mr Christian Cambier

Partners for the Event :

  • Eurostar
  • Vinci

PROGRAMME : click here !

PRESS RELEASE : SUCCESS FOR THE CONFERENCE : click here !

Follow the conference on twitter : #20yearschunnel

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