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Annex A: Programme of visit to the Netherlands, Germany and Switzerland, October 2012

Monday 15 October 2012

Train from St Pancras International to Brussels included onboard briefing from Pierre Delande, Head of Public Affairs, Eurostar


  • Briefing on current political situation in the Netherlands by British Embassy staff
  • Briefing by Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment
  • Dinner with representatives from politics, the business community and interest groups

Tuesday 16 October

  • Presentations by Netherland Railway (NS)and Prorail.

Train from Utrecht to Berlin


  • Dinner discussion with members of the German parliamentary transport committee

Wednesday 17 October

  • Meeting with Deutsche Bahn
  • Meeting with Veolia Verkehr
  • Lunch with State Secretary, Transport and Environment, Berlin Senate and DG Transport, Berlin City Government
  • Meeting with federal State Secretary for Transport and DG Rail, Federal Transport Ministry

Flight from Berlin to Munich

Thursday 18 October


  • Meeting with Gunnar Heipp, Head, Strategic Planning, MVG
  • Meeting with Muenchner Verkehrs-Verbund (MVV — the consortium that interfaces the different transport companies with the city council and state government).
  • Lunch with Andreas Barth, Pro Bahn (passenger lobby group)
  • Meeting with Siemens AG

Train from Munich to Bern

Friday 19 October


  • Meeting with Bern-Lötschberg-Simplon Railways
  • Meeting with Federal Office of Transport
  • Meeting with Swiss Federal Railways (SBB)
  • Meeting with Trasse Schweiz (independent Swiss train-path allocation body)

Train from Bern to Basel and then flight back to the UK.

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