TRANSPORT Smart Class, Midlands 2023

Sponsored by
BT Active Intelligence
Marston Holdings


TRANSPORT Smart Classes show key buyer side stakeholders how they can deploy the latest digital technology-enabled solutions, data-driven strategies and best practices to tackle their transport sector challenges (e.g. around congestion, traffic flows, air pollution and emissions, noise, first and last mile mobility, customer experience, cost effectiveness, connecting transport networks, managing and maintaining assets & infrastructure) and deliver a transport system that will allow passengers and citizens to travel efficiently, safely and with minimal impact on the environment.

Qualifying delegates include commissioning, procurement, trialling, partnering and policy leads, senior influencers, strategic decision makers, programme managers and planners from local authorities (e.g. city, borough, metropolitan, district and county councils); public transport operators; regional transport partnerships, sub-regional transport bodies, combined authorities, integrated transport authorities and passenger transport executives; highways authorities and road operators; government and supporting national transport agencies; fleet operators, parking operators, prime contractors etc.

Core themes range from on-demand transport and MaaS applications, EVs and e-mobility, micro mobility, predictive traffic management, journey time monitoring, smart parking and enforcing CAZs and LEZs, to active travel and behavioural change, analysing people movements, new ways of visualising data, connected and autonomous vehicles, intelligent street lighting, real-time transport modelling, smart ticketing and fare collection, and ITS in a Covid and post-Covid world.

On Wednesday 22nd November we will be casting a spotlight over Central England, hosting our speakers discussions on how the latest digital innovations can help overcome the transport and mobility challenges faced by the burgeoning city-regions of the West and East Midlands (incl. Birmingham, Coventry, Derby, Kettering, Leicester, Lincoln, Northampton, Nottingham, Peterborough, Solihull, Stoke-on-Trent, Telford, Worcester, Wolverhampton etc), and beyond. Delegates will hear from industry movers, shapers and disruptors during initial rapid-fire thought leadership presentations, before moving on to in-depth consultations with experts and peers during the roundtable discussions. In addition, this Smart Class will feature up to 3 keynote presentations from ITAs, PTEs, major transport operators, agencies or local/combined authorities giving real world insight into their collaborative initiatives, digital journeys and adoptions of emerging, transformative technologies.

TRANSPORT Smart Class, Midlands 2023 will be hosted at Drapers’ Hall, Coventry, and follows on from the highly acclaimed editions that we hosted in Nottingham (2022) and Birmingham (2020, 2019 and 2018). This half day in-person event is free to attend for bona fide delegates satisfying our registration criteria.


Our previous Transport Smart Classes have attracted senior delegates from:

LB Barnet • LB Bromley • LB Brent • LB Camden • City of London Corporation • LB Croydon • LB Ealing • Ebbsfleet Development Corp • Greater London Authority • Royal Borough of Greenwich • LB Hackney • LB Hammersmith & Fulham • LB Haringey • LB Hounslow • Islington Council • Royal Borough of Kingston • LB Lambeth • LB Lewisham • LB Newham • LB Redbridge • LB Richmond-upon-Thames • Slough Borough Council • LB Sutton • LB Tower Hamlets • London Councils • Thames Estuary Partnership • LB Wandsworth • Westminster City Council • Aberdeen City Council • Aberdeenshire Council • Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council • Ards and North Down Borough Council • Armagh City Banbridge & Craigavon Borough Council • Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council • Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council • Bath and North East Somerset Council • BCP Council • Bedford Borough Council • Belfast City Council • Birmingham City Council • Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council • Blackpool Council • Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council • Bolton Metropolitan Borough Council • City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council • Bracknell Forest Council • Brighton & Hove City Council • Bristol City Council • Bristol is Open • Bristol City Operations Centre • Buckinghamshire Council • Caerphilly County Borough Council • Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council • Cambridge City Council • Cambridgeshire County Council • Greater Cambridge Partnership • Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority • Canterbury City Council • Cardiff Capital Region/CCR City Deal • Cardiff Council • Carlisle City Council • Cavan County Council • Central Bedfordshire Council • Cheltenham Borough Council • Cheshire West and Chester Borough Council • Copeland Borough Council • Cotswold District Council • Coventry City Council • Cumberland Council • Cyngor Gwynedd Council • Denbighshire County Council • Derby City Council • Derbyshire County Council • Devon County Council • Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council • Dorset Council • Dumfries & Galloway Council • Dundee City Council • East Dunbartonshire Council • East Riding of Yorkshire Council • East Sussex County Council • The City of Edinburgh Council • Epping Forest District Council • Essex County Council • Exeter City Council • Exeter City Futures • Falkirk Council • Fife Council • Forest of Dean District Council • Glasgow City Council • Gloucestershire County Council • Greater Manchester Combined Authority • Halton Borough Council • Hampshire County Council • Harrogate Borough Council • Herefordshire Council • Hertfordshire County Council • The Highland Council • Hull City Council • Isle of Wight Council • Kent County Council • Kirklees Council • Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council • Lancashire County Council • Royal Leamington Spa Town Council • Leeds City Council • Leicester City Council • Leicestershire County Council • Liverpool City Region Combined Authority • Luton Borough Council • Manchester City Council • Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council • Mid and East Antrim Borough Council • Midlothian Council • Milton Keynes Council • Monmouthshire County Council • Moray Council • Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council • Newport City Council • Norfolk County Council • Northamptonshire County Council • North Ayrshire Council • North East Combined Authority • North Lanarkshire Council • North Norfolk District Council • North Somerset Council • Northumberland County Council • North Yorkshire County Council • Nottingham City Council • Nottinghamshire County Council • Oldham Council • Oxford City Council • Oxfordshire County Council • Perth & Kinross Council • Peterborough City Council • Plymouth City Council • Portsmouth City Council • Powys County Council • Reading Borough Council • Renfrewshire Council • Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council • Salford City Council • Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council • Scottish Borders Council • Sheffield City Council • Sheffield City Region • Shetland Islands Council • Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council • Somerset County Council • South Gloucestershire Council • South Hams District Council • South Somerset District Council • South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority • Staffordshire County Council • Stirling Council • Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council • Surrey County Council • City and County of Swansea Council • Swindon Borough Council • Tees Valley Combined Authority • Thurrock Council • Torfaen County Borough Council • Trafford Metropolitan District Council • Vale of Glamorgan Council • Wakefield Metropolitan District Council • Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council • Warrington Borough Council • Warwick District Council • Warwickshire County Council • Watford Borough Council • West Berkshire County Council • West Devon Borough Council • West Midlands Combined Authority • West of England Combined Authority • West Oxfordshire District Council • West Sussex County Council • West Yorkshire Combined Authority • Wigan Metropolitan Borough Council • Wiltshire Council • Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council • Wokingham Borough Council • City of Wolverhampton Council • Worcestershire County Council • Wrexham County Borough Council • City of York Council • Abellio ScotRail • Aircoach • Airporter • Arriva Group • Arriva Rail London • Arriva Rail North • Arriva Southern Counties • Arriva UK Bus • Arriva UK Trains • Arriva Buses Rhyl • Big Green Coach • Black Country Transport • Brighton & Hove Buses • Bristol Airport • CalMac Ferries • c2c Rail • CDM Community Transport • Derbyshire Community Transport • Easilink Community Transport • Enterprise Car Club • Fermanagh Community Transport • FirstGroup • First UK Bus • Gatwick Airport • Go-Ahead Group • Govia Thameslink Railway • Great Western Railway • HCT Group • Heathrow Airport • HS2 • KenEx Tramway Project • Lothian Buses • McGill’s Buses • Merseytravel • Metrobus • National Express Group • Network Rail • Northern • Nottingham City Transport • Rail Delivery Group • ScotRail Alliance • SLC Rail • South Ayrshire Community Transport • South East Dorset Community Accessible Transport • Southeastern Railway • South Western Railway • Spirit of Sussex Coaches • Stagecoach Bus • Stagecoach Digital • Stagecoach Group • Stagecoach South Wales • TfL London Buses • TfL Trams • TfL Crossrail 2 • Thames Gateway Tramlink • Translink • TransPennine Express • Trenitalia UK • Virgin Trains • West Midlands Trains • Active Gloucestershire • Awel Aman Tawe • Belfast Maritime Consortium • CoMoUK • Connected Places Catapult • Cycling Scotland • Data Mill North • Department for Transport • Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities • England’s Economic Heartland • Environment Agency • Highways England • HITRANS • Inclusive Mobility & Transport Advisory Committee • Innovate UK • Kent and Medway Economic Partnership • Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful • KTN • Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership • Living Streets • Lower Thames Crossing • MaaS Scotland • Midlands Connect • Midlands Engine • Midland Metro Alliance • Midlothian Disability Access Panel • Ministry of Defence • Museum of London • National Highways • National Transport Authority • North Bristol SusCom • North Wales EAB • Office of the Scottish Road Works Commissioner • One Trafford Partnership • Oxford to Cambridge Arc Leadership Group • Peterborough Environment City Trust • Public Health England • Roads Collaboration Programme • The Rail Innovation Group • Satellite Applications Catapult • Scottish Accessible Transport Alliance • Scottish Cities Alliance • Scottish Government • Scottish Parliament • SEPA • SEStran • Smart Cities Scotland • Solent Transport • South Eastern Economic Partnership • South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive • Strathclyde Partnership for Transport • Strategic Investment Board at NI Executive • Sustainable Northern Ireland • Sustainability West Midlands • Sustrans • Sustrans Cymru • Sustrans Northern Ireland • Sustrans Scotland • SWestrans • Tactran • Transport East • Transport Focus • Transport for Edinburgh • Transport for Greater Manchester • Transport for London • Transport North East • Transport Scotland • Transport for the North • Transport for the South East • Transport for Wales • Transport for West Midlands • Transport Systems Catapult • Traveline Cymru • Tyne and Wear Passenger Transport Executive/Nexus • Ulster Transport Museum • Welsh Government • West Midlands Open Data Forum • Western Gateway • West Yorkshire Safer Roads Executive Group • Yorcard • ZetTrans • 31ten Consulting • AECOM • Amey Consulting • APCOA Parking • Arcadis • Arup • Atkins • Audi • Balfour Beatty Vinci • BEAR Scotland • Britannia Parking • Buro Happold • • BWB Consulting • CampbellReith • Capita • Chorley Group EV • Connect Plus Services • Costain • DBFL Consulting • Engie • Fern Consulting • GeoPlace • Go Travel • Griffiths • Highgate Transportation • Integrated Transport Planning • Jacobs • Jaguar Land Rover • Kier Highways • K McShane • Mace • Meinhardt UK • Minicabit • MM Transport Planning • MobiHub • Mode Transport Planning • Momentum Transport • Mott MacDonald • NCP • NHS • Norman Rourke Pryme • Parsons • Paul Basham Associates • Pell Frischmann • Project Centre • RAC • Rappor Consultants • Ridge • Ringway • Rodgers Leask • Royal Haskoning DHV • Royal Sun Alliance • RPS Group • RSMA • S82 Consulting • Skanska • Smart Transport Hub • Stantec • Steer • SWECO • SYSTRA • Transporting Cities • Transport Planning Associates • Turner & Townsend • VA Rail • Vectos • Waterman Aspen • Witteveen+Bos • Wood • Wrightbus • WSP • Unipart Rail • Urban Foresight • ATCO • Birmingham City University • University of Birmingham • British Parking Association • British Standards Institute • Bus & Coach NI • Bus Rapid Transit UK • Cardiff University • Centre for Connected Autonomous Vehicles/BEIS • Centre for Mobility, Coventry University • Cenex • CENSIS • Centre for London • Changeworks UK • CIHT • CILT • Cities Forum • City-REDI, University of Birmingham • Community Transport Association • Confederation of Passenger Transport • Edinburgh Napier Transport Research Institute • Energy Saving Trust • The Green Party • IET • ITSO • ITS UK Data Forum • Local Government Association • Logistics UK • Northern Ireland Environment Link • Nottingham Trent University • Open Data Institute • Queens University Belfast • Road Haulage Association • RTPI • Scottish Enterprise • Scotland’s Towns Partnership • Scottish Motor Trade Association • Scottish Power • Sheffield Hallam University • South of Scotland Enterprise • SSE Energy • Technology Scotland • The Scotsman • Transform Scotland • Transport Institute, University College London • Transport Planning Society • Transport Strategy Centre, Imperial College London • UKTram • Unitary Councils’ Network • University of Bath • Urban Big Data Centre, University of Glasgow • University of Leeds • University of Salford • University of Sheffield • University of Stirling • University of Surrey • Ulster University • WMG, University of Warwick • University of the West England • University of Wolverhampton • University of York

Previous presentations have addressed:

“MaaS code of practice” • “Enabling a single integrated transport system for the future” • “The evolution of real time passenger information” • “Air quality and highways operations – How to track, analyse, recommend and predict the impact” • “Using technologies to enable practical multi-operator smart ticketing and attract new passengers. Today.” • “Modernising rail retailing in a post covid world” • “How hyperlocal air quality data collection is accelerating clean air and climate resilience projects and policies” • “Digital innovations continue to help deliver Scotland’s vision for transport” • “Future mobility – Go big or go home!” •  “Edinburgh’s ‘Circulation Plan’ – A framework for allocating street-space” • “Utilising data and digitalisation for environmental resilience” •  “Improving road works and the transition to net zero” • “Laying the foundation for smart mobility” • “Building the Bee Network” • “The road to MaaS – Promises, challenges, and future of mobility as a service” • “Developing a new transport strategy for West Yorkshire” • “How digital data and technology can enhance the traditional design process” • “A place-based digital twin for transport decarbonisation and a climate resilient network” • “Delivering place-based and user-centric collaboration to support more connected mobility across the North” • “Increasing the adoption of MaaS in the UK market” • “The role of smart data in building a unified framework for greenways development in Northern Ireland” • “Sustainability – The next evolution in asset life-cycle planning” • “How to set up a tailor-made DRT service: Success factors for DRT planning and operations” • “Unlocking high-speed, zero emission, maritime public transport” • “Pushing the boundaries of transport invention – NI’s pioneers of science and engineering” • “Driving down car use in Scotland by 20% – A strategic approach to behaviour change for net-zero” • “The Glasgow city centre transport plan” • “How to increase channel shift away from personal cars and into public transport – Are mobility hubs the answer?” • “A strategic assessment of the City of Edinburgh roads – What are the effects of the national ban on footway parking?” • “Addressing the big transport challenges of our time through SEStran’s regional transport strategy” • “Driving innovation through sustainability” • “Harnessing data and new technologies to create a more sustainable transport system” • “The role of sub-regional partnerships in delivering future mobility – Life without certainty and a road map” • “Innovating in London – How TfL is working with market innovators to deliver the outcomes of Sadiq Khan’s transport strategy” • “Delivering MaaS globally and for the UK” • “Visions for transport – Delivering a high impact active travel scheme that meets placed-based objectives for Northolt” • “Collaborating to deliver more connected mobility across the North” • “MaaS – It’s a people thing!” • “Bus franchising and enhanced partnerships – Strategies for success” • “Putting buses at the heart of the Liverpool city region’s transport revolution” • “Lessons from the active travel trail” • “Learning from connected and autonomous vehicle trials – Scaling up to deliver the National Highways connected service roadmap and digital roads vision” • “Smarter assets, sustainable communities” • “MaaSive opportunities for modal shift in Wales” • “Considering a shared transport energy system” • “Sustainable, emission-free deliveries” • “Data for good – Working with communities for inclusive smart transport futures” • “Cardiff Capital Region’s sustainable transport and mobility ambitions in a post-Covid, post-Brexit and climate-focused era” • “Autonomous connected electric shared fleets and MaaS” • “Ambition needs innovation – The West of England FTZ programme” • “Utilising data science to introduce new DDRT services” •  “Community logistics for low cost zero-carbon delivery services and as a catalyst for cultural shift” • “Applying intelligent mobility to transform road journeys and drive integration with the wider transport network” • “Harnessing public transport for smarter asset management” • “Pandemic’s impact on passenger behaviour and travel patterns – Embracing new mobility models and technology strategies to give London the ‘above ground’ transport services that it needs” • “Buses – A powerful enabling force for wider decarbonisation and economic regeneration” • “Bettering Oyster outside the London area – How we finally do it” • “Integrating DRT into BSIPs” • “Transforming mobility in Coventry with urban airport and Coventry very light rail” • “7 myths of why MaaS why will fly” • “TMA part 6 – Tools and opportunities for enforcing moving traffic” • “Making it easier for people to walk and cycle: Innovations in approach” • “Delivering at speed and at scale, without leaving anyone behind” • “Embracing innovation to enable Greater Manchester to build back better” • “National Highways’ digital roads vision” • “Future travel scenarios in the North and the developing transport landscape” • “Strategic use of data in delivering Edinburgh’s city centre transformation, city mobility plan, active travel action plan and low emission zone” • “The future’s smart for Scottish transport” • “Integrating demand responsive transport into the wider transport networks – Practical tips for the implementation and launch of DDRT” • “HAFAS-based intermodal journey planning – Key to a successful and sustainable MaaS platform” • “Digitalisation of public transportation: From passenger information to MaaS” • “Perspectives on EV charging and infrastructure” • “Clean air – a design, build, monitor and enforce model” • “Bringing positive travel changes for pupils and parents across Scotland with WOW” • “Moving traffic enforcement for cleaner air and road safety compliance – Are we ready?” • “Continuous and real-time vehicle to infrastructure scanning and fixed infrastructure scanning – Moving from reactive to predictive maintenance” • “Dynamic demand responsive transport – Best practices in shared mobility for lower density areas” • “Using data to drive businesses to adopt emission free deliveries” • “A transport strategy for the East” • “Connecting people, transforming journeys” • “Improving the use of data in transport” • “Revolutionising data collection and traffic optimisation using AI” • “How to effectively manage and improve clean air scenarios through enforcement” • “Mind over mode shift – The future of public transport in Kent” • “Towards an inclusive zero carbon transport system – Developing the future West Midlands transport strategy” • “Using intelligent infrastructure initiatives to deliver transport objectives” • “The importance of passenger data in MaaS” • “Hubbing our mobility” • “Smart connectivity and mobility for inclusive and sustainable cities” •  “Future mobility strategies: Better data, behaviour change and better insights” • “Taking MaaS to the next level” • “Developing an electric vehicle charging infrastructure network” • “Improving the public transport customer proposition with smarter data” • “The role of smart mobility in delivering a transport strategy for the South East” • “Transport innovation in Milton Keynes – The future’s here!” • “Using smart roads to keep Leeds moving” • “Applying big data to transport analysis across Wales” • “AI for accessibility” • “How journey time monitoring is evolving with crowdsourced data” • “How to effectively manage and enforce clean air zones and low emission zones with virtual permits and digital ANPR” • “Whole city transformation” • “Improving traffic insights with artificial intelligence” • “The role of DRT in supporting the public transport network and initiating behavioural change” • “Using data and developing partnerships to tackle congestion” • “The end-to-end journey – Planning for autonomous vehicles on the strategic road network” • “How digital tools can advance knowledge of active travel” • “How to deliver business benefit, solve public sector challenges and create social value through transport data sharing” • “Open passenger data and smart city mobility” • “The intelligent commuter transport network” • “The evolution of digital interventions for travel behaviour change” • “The future of incentivised mobility – How to incentivise smart city initiatives through tokenised reward structures” • “Delivering autonomous vehicle solutions at high-traffic destinations” • “Transport innovation in London” • “DRT for London and dynamic demand led bus service planning: Maximizing the opportunities provided by technology” • “Flexible models for demand responsive transport in Wales! • “Strategic approaches to smart mobility: Walking towards a smarter city” • “Improving mobility operations and services through data sharing, data catalogues and data visualisations” • “National Rail’s transition to digital ticketing – Historical challenges and future opportunities” • “Dundee – Electrifying a city!” • “The impact of MaaS and CAV on the future of mobility” • “Using crowdsourced mobility data to understand active travel” • “Managing traffic with predictive modelling” • “Smart and integrated ticketing in Scotland – Journey towards implementing the ministerial vision” • “The E-bike revolution – How we can approach innovation that works for people, communities and business” • “‘Tracking the changes’ with WOW – How digital technology has helped deliver one of the biggest ‘smarter travel’ behaviour change programmes in Scotland” • “How open data and collaboration can help to deliver growth in the bus industry” • “Developing MaaS for Greater Manchester” • “Ticketing, payment and information solutions in West Yorkshire – case studies and lessons learnt” • “Cross industry collaboration to enable smarter travel in the North” • “The importance of user engagement in the MaaS industry” • “Harnessing data and technology to enhance asset management” • “How recent advances in machine learning can revolutionise transport network data collection and UTMC” • “RTPI – so much more than a 3 line display” • “Avoiding data lock-in” • “MaaS and TfWM’s commercial mobility as a service initiative” • “CAV testbeds” • “Creating a commuter shared transport network via incentivised car pooling” • “Demand responsive transport: Bus pooling and flexible shuttle services for municipalities” • “Future of taxi/ride sharing” • “Smarter travel: What does it mean to the user?” • “Improving trust in public transport operators with smart ticketing and contactless travel” • “Automatic delay repay: solutions to provide customers with automatic compensation during times of disruption” • “How crowdsourced travel behaviour data can help local authorities and transport professionals” • “Solving last mile transport problems with non-docking bike sharing services” • “Innovation through digital partnerships and TfL open data” • “Mobility on demand – Smart transport solutions for the city” • “Smart journey planning through citizen-sourced data” • “Using beacon and smartphone technology to help the visually impaired navigate the tube” • “Driving forward innovation and transparency with public sector data” • “Enabling hyper-local air quality monitoring with emerging technologies” • “Transport challenges and solutions in North Wales – taking advantage of technology and natural resources across the region” • “Smart Cardiff – smart corridors, smart city roadmap, smart transport vision & initiatives” • “Revolutionising accessible living through AI and data with personalised products and services” • “Town centres and the suburban renaissance – Possibilities, pitfalls and potential innovation” • “Technology shift and what the near future will look like for parking” • “More than a passing destination – Building a community and triggering behavioural change with clean energy producing pavements” etc.

Testimonials and feedback:

“Thanks for running a brilliant event. It has certainly helped open our eyes at NCC to the world of possibilities related to MaaS. I look forward to joining again in the future”
Growth, Infrastructure & Development Team, Nottinghamshire County Council

“Excellent service by Mark and Harriet. Clearly passionate about giving the attendees a well planned, joined up event. The presentations were all highly valuable. Thorough enjoyed it, very well coordinated and the material covered was exactly right”
Head of Strategy, Midlands Connect

“Myself and others from the authority certainly found it very enjoyable and informative. Many thanks for the invitation. Please bear me in mind for future events as I am sure colleagues would very much like to attend”
Transport Planner, Leicestershire County Council 

“A really worthwhile event to attend, a very valuable use of my time and a really good mix of delegates in terms of public/private organisations and transport authorities and operators”
Head of Intelligent Transport Systems, National Highways

“The Smart Class is a really good format for exploring a contemporary area of work”
Professional Lead, Transport Strategy, City of Wolverhampton Council

“Excellent event, very informative and easy to delve into each area further”
Public Transport Operations Team Leader, Nottingham City Council

“Thank you for the invitation. It was a pleasure to present”
Transport Innovation Manager, Coventry City Council

“Colleagues fed back the event was very valuable. Many thanks”
Place Strategy Manager, Nottinghamshire County Council

“All of the presentations were informative and gave insights into solutions being offered to address a variety of issues on the transport and carbon reduction agenda”
Senior Project Engineer – Forward Programmes Highways Strategy, Derbyshire County Council

“The presentations and roundtables were all valuable”
Highways Strategy Manager, Derbyshire County Council

“Thanks for having me. Myself and my colleagues found it very interesting”
Transport Development Officer, Leicester City Council 

“Pleased to be involved. I found it a very interesting morning”
Smart Leicester Programme Manager/Smart City Programme Lead, Leicester City Council

Very informative, well chaired, excellent time keeping, lovely lunch and venue. Thank you!”
Environmental Protection Team Leader, Warwick District Council

“Love the structure of concise talks – gets rid of the uninteresting info and keeps the attention – then the opportunity to speak with them all afterwards. Excellent event”
Parking & Traffic Control Management, Warwickshire County Council

“Related well to my ongoing projects”
Transport Planning Project Officer, Warwickshire County Council

“Great opportunity to see real examples of tech in use and ask the daft questions – Very enjoyable”
Head of Strategic Infrastructure and Economy, Worcestershire County Council

“Well organised, great location and good brand of delegates”
Contract Manager, Birmingham City Council

“I attend a fair few industry events as you might expect and this was certainly one of the best ones I’ve been to”
Head of Commercial Management, Railway Operations, HS2

“A valuable learning opportunity, very interesting and enjoyable, and all the roundtables were insightful. I learned a great deal from the day and came away with some great ideas to research and chase up”
Transport Manager, Derbyshire Community Transport, HCT Group

“I found the afternoon very helpful; a carefully curated audience, very well managed, and a warm friendly organisation to work with”
Ex-Head of Digital Transformation & Transport Data Policy, Department for Transport

“Spot on content! Thanks again and see you again next year!”
Value Chain Delivery & Development Manager, Highways England

“All excellent!”
Sustainable Transport Coordinator, Nottingham Trent University

“The roundtable segment encouraged really dynamic discussion between experts and novices”
Innovation Manager, WMG, University of Warwick

“Great event”
Sustainability West Midlands

“Great to see you going from strength to strength to strength. The format delivers an engaging and useful experience; intelligent discussion on the roundtables; well worth attending!”
Transport Sector Lead, West Midlands Open Data Forum

“Thanks again for the opportunity to attend the event. It was both enjoyable and informative
Market Development Lead, Smart Mobility & CAV, TRL

“Great event last week and I will be sure to look out for future sessions, especially in the Midlands. Your classes are a fantastic way for me to build my network and keep up with industry innovations”
Senior Project Manager  Infrastructure, Aecom

“The smart class was really interesting. Thank you!”
Environmental Consultant, Aecom

“An excellent use of time that repaid my travel and overnight expenses several times over”
 Director, Association of Transport Coordinating Officers

“Really enjoyed. It was expertly run and I particularly liked the roundtables. I hadn’t experienced quite that format before but it worked really well”
Associate, Policy & Strategy Division, Integrated Transport Planning

“All presentations provided useful and interesting insights”
Transport Planner, Mode Transport Planning

“Really interesting event, good networking opportunities and great debate on roundtable discussions”
Divisional Director, Pell Frischmann

“Really interesting presentations and roundtables were a valuable opportunity to discuss real world issues. Great morning – Thank you!”
Principal Transport Planner, Rodgers Leask

“All of the presentations were valuable as they covered different points”
ITS Engineer, WSP

“Had some really useful conversations, which have already resulted in what looks like some potentially collaborative work”
Project Coordinator, Living Streets (Innovation Sponsor)

“A very useful and collaborative event”
Marketing Team, Marston Holdings (Innovation Sponsor)

“Delighted to be part of it; interesting presentations by all, and very useful roundtable discussions in the smart classes format”
Transport Lead, ODI Birmingham (Innovation Sponsor)

“Really enjoyed speaking at this event. Smart Classes are must attend events for local authority officers looking to see the latest innovations in the transport market”
Head of UK Business Development, Padam Mobility (Innovation Sponsor)

“A very interesting event”
Marketing Manager DACH, UK & Nordics, Padam Mobility (Innovation Sponsor)

“The event was a great opportunity to meet our targets”
Marketing Acquisition Manager, Padam Mobility (Innovation Sponsor)

“Really enjoyable day and thought provoking sessions from fellow presenters”
Principal Engineer, Project Centre, Part of Marston Holdings (Innovation Sponsor)

“With my colleagues from Padam Mobility, I attended the Smart Classes event in Nottingham last week. I really enjoyed the discussion with all the experts and gained many useful insights during the roundtable discussions. Thanks for organising this kind of event!”
Business Development Manager, Siemens IMS (Innovation Sponsor)

“I enjoyed presenting at this Midlands conference yesterday and hosting the roundtable discussions. It was good to share how Sustrans has moved from having a GIS team to becoming an organisation that uses GIS daily and how that has transformed our work. It was also good to discuss how important it is to engage with people…For us, digital engagement is a tool rather than an approach. Early and meaningful engagement is going to be vital as cities introduce transformative change through Mini Hollands and liveable neighbourhoods. Thank you for the rich roundtable discussions: lots of interest in the National Cycle Network and our GIS data. Fascinating presentations and lots for me to reflect on! Thanks for the opportunity. It was a really interesting morning”
Director: England Midlands and East, Sustrans (Innovation Sponsor)

“Many thanks for hosting this excellent event”
Business Development Manager, Videalert (Innovation Sponsor)

“Thanks for another great event today!”
Director, Videalert (Innovation Sponsor)

Full collection of testimonials and feedback


“Reimagining Public Transport in the West Midlands” – As Head of Network Transformation at Transport for West Midlands, Steve Hayes is responsible for implementing the future transport network for the UK’s second largest city region, commissioning schemes that convert TfWM’s ambitious strategies into action on the ground. He is leading the West Midlands’ work to assess options for bus service reform, implementation of Demand Responsive Transport solutions, transition of the region’s bus fleet to be fully zero emission by 2030 and early stage development of the region’s major bus priority programmes.

In this keynote, Steve will talk about “why we need to reposition public transport to make it a much more attractive choice to those who live and work in the region”…

“I will explain what is in our ambitious Bus Service Improvement Plan, how we plan to deliver it and how it is planned to reverse years of decline in patronage. This includes how the implementation of Demand Responsive Transport is intended to make public transport a relevant choice for many more people”.

- Steve Hayes

“Moving Away from Fossil Fuels for Travel and Transport” – Tim Bellenger is the Transport Strategy Manager at Nottingham City Council, working on multi-disciplinary and multi-modal innovative transport projects.

Tim’s keynote will explain how Nottingham is tackling the challenge of climate change, whilst also supporting economic growth, and the levelling up agenda to address issues of health inequality and community cohesion.

Nottingham has a multi-faceted programme of transport innovation, through electrification of the vehicle fleet, introduction of e-bike and e-scooter hire, high level data collection and analysis, a Workplace Parking Levy, a Workplace Travel Service, extensive bus, cycle and walking investment, contactless payment options, a Mobility as a Service hub, car club and personalised travel planning through the TravelWell programme of Active Travel Social Prescribing.

This is against the backdrop of significant social inequality, low but rising car ownership, cash and resource constraints within the local authority, and the need for Air Quality Management in a number of locations, in a constrained city environment.

- Tim Bellenger

“EV Charging Infrastructure and Smart Ticketing in the Midlands” – In this keynote presentation, Midlands Connect’s (MC) Head of New Technologies, Bharat Pathania, will present the actions and steps MC are taking to accelerate the EV infrastructure in the Midlands and help Midlands LTAs to adopt a region wide integrated ticketing solution for public transport.

As a Sub-National Transport Body, MC is leading both regionally and nationally on the electric vehicle (EV) and integrated ticketing agenda whilst working with partners including 22 Midlands Local Authorities, Local Enterprise Partnerships, National Highways, Network Rail, HS2 and DfT.

- Bharat Pathania

“Understanding Every Journey in your Region” – BT Active Intelligence, a unit within BT Digital’s Data & AI Team, can provide an understanding of every journey in your region through the use of mobile network data.

In this innovator presentation, Nathan Watt will showcase how innovative insights can offer comprehensive information on multimodal journeys:

“This includes not just the routes taken, but also additional factors such as demographic details. By harnessing the power of mobile network data, we are able to provide superior quality data, a more representative sample, and ultimately, more insightful findings. Our aim is to demonstrate how this technology can enable your understanding of transportation patterns in your region”. 

- Nathan Watt

“Creating Places – Enabling Active Travel” – In this presentation, Martin Philpott (Regional Head of Design and Engineering for the Midlands) and Laura Smith (Senior Project Manager, Behaviour Change and Engagement – West Midlands) will outline Sustrans’ innovative approach to developing and activating greenways:

Access to green space is now acknowledged to help reduce stress, anxiety and depression and gives us a different perspective of the world around us. The greenways that we deliver, and our approach to bringing communities with us, allows us to link aspects of our lives together. Our greenways have won awards, the contractors who we work with on them have won awards. Engineers understand highways, vehicles and all the equipment that goes with our urban living. Our approach isn’t complicated, our Engineers understand highways – but they also understand that creating greenways and green spaces requires a different approach, where we can bring the natural world back into our lives.

We also know that community activation of new/improved infrastructure in essential. The journeys users make need to start and stop somewhere, and how we develop and implement those connections are equally as important. People need to feel safe for all aspects of their journey and ensuring that we don’t just finish at the roadside is as essential as the quality of the greenways themselves”.

- Laura Smith, Martin Philpott

“Wokingham Borough Council – How a Strategic Partnership Introduced Borough wide Moving Traffic Enforcement” – Marston Holdings and Wokingham Borough Council worked in partnership to implement moving traffic enforcement schemes across the borough in a bid to improve road safety, and improve air quality.

The Council began drafting their designation order just eight weeks before the tranche 2 deadline. After their Part 6 powers were granted, they were still able to design, implement and enforce the schemes quickly and efficiently with lessons learnt on the way.

Marston Holdings Strategic Account Directors Richard O’Malley and Paul Costello will share valuable insights from this local authority case study.

- Richard O'Malley, Paul Costello


  • 8:30 am - 9:00 am Registration, Networking and Continental Breakfast
  • 9:00 am - 9:30 am Introduction and Opening Keynote
  • 9:30 am - 10:40 am Expert Presentations
  • 10:40 am - 11:00 am Keynote Speaker 2
  • 11:00 am - 12:40 pm Roundtable Discussions and Consultations
  • 12:40 pm - 1:00 pm Keynote Speaker 3
  • 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Close and Lunch Networking

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Midlands Connect (MC)
Transport Nottingham
Nottingham City Council
Transport for West Midlands (TfWM)
West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA)

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