RAILTEX 07 will be opened by UK Transport Minister Tom Harris MP, who is due to inaugurate the exhibition at London's ExCeL exhibition centre at 11.00 on February 20.

The minister will then tour the show, which has attracted almost 450 companies from 17 countries to its new venue in London's Docklands.

The Institute of Engineering & Technology is running a seminar reviewing progress with the implementation of broadband internet access on-board trains during the first day of the show, followed on February 21 by a look at current railway projects, including the Lötschberg base tunnel, the introduction of Siemens Velaro trains in Spain, and track maintenance planning.