TRANSPORT Smart Class, North of England 2023

Sponsored by
Padam Mobility
Project Centre
Slingshot Simulations


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 Thursday 25th May we will be casting a spotlight over the North of England, hosting our speakers discussions on how the latest digital innovations can help overcome the transport and mobility challenges faced by city-regions of the Northern Powerhouse 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, North of England 2023 takes place at Nexus, Leeds, and follows on from highly acclaimed 2022 (Manchester), 2021 (Manchester), 2019 (Leeds) and 2018 (Manchester) editions. 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 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 • Thurrock Council • 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 • 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 Sussex County Council • City of Edinburgh 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 • Hampshire County Council • Harrogate Borough Council • Herefordshire Council • Hertfordshire County 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 • 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 • Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council • Surrey County Council • City and County of Swansea Council • Swindon Borough Council • Tees Valley Combined Authority • 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 • 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 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 • Go-Ahead Group • Govia Thameslink Railway • Great Western Railway • HCT Group • Heathrow Airport • HS2 • KenEx Tramway Project • Lothian Buses • Merseytravel • Metrobus • National Express Group • Network Rail • Northern • Nottingham City Transport • Rail Delivery Group • ScotRail Alliance • SLC Rail • South East Dorset Community Accessible Transport • Southeastern Railway • South Western Railway • Spirit of Sussex Coaches • Stagecoach Digital • Stagecoach Bus • 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 • 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 • 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 • 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 Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive • Strathclyde Partnership for Transport • Strategic Investment Board at NI Executive • 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 • BWB Consulting • CampbellReith • Capita • Chorley Group EV • Connect Plus Services • Costain • DBFL Consulting • Engie • GeoPlace • Go Travel • Griffiths • Highgate Transportation • Integrated Transport Planning • Jacobs • Jaguar Land Rover • Kier Highways • K McShane • 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 • RAC • Rappor Consultants • 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 • 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 • 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 • South of Scotland Enterprise • SSE Energy • Technology Scotland • Transform Scotland • Transport Institute, University College London • Transport Planning Society • UKTram • Unitary Councils’ Network • University of Bath • Urban Big Data Centre, University of Glasgow • University of Leeds • University of Salford • 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:

“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:

“Another brilliant Transport Smart Class last week! Really engaging and thought provoking presentations and discussions. Great to hear about the important role of tech, data and the power of partnership working. Really strong female representation on the panel too”
Transport Development Analyst, Liverpool City Region Combined Authority

“It was a pleasure to contribute to this very well organised event. Great format!”
Head of Innovation, Transport for Greater Manchester

“Thanks to everyone at Smart Classes for hosting their recent North of England 2021 Transport Smart Class and for the invitation to present on TfN’s Future Travel Scenarios and their application towards decarbonisation, EV charging infrastructure, transport planning, future mobility, future travel and spatial planning. It was strange but fun being back at a face-to-face event, seeing some familiar faces, and the innovator roundtable sessions were really engaging”
Senior Major Roads Planning and Strategy Officer, Transport for the North

“Many thanks for inviting me as a keynote speaker. I really enjoyed the event and presentations”
Roads Development Director, National Highways 

“It was a really great event!”
Transport Strategy Officer, Transport for Greater Manchester

“Really interesting Morning”
Strategic Transportation Manager, Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council

“A very useful event, well worth the time spent. All the presentations and roundtables were valuable”
Group Leader Transport Projects, Blackpool Council

“Good event, relevant and well run”
Principal Engineer – Highway Network Resilience & Traffic Manager, City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council

“Many thanks for running the Smart Class this morning. It was a very well delivered and informative event”
Project Manager, West Yorkshire Combined Authority and Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership

“Thanks again for a great event in Manchester, really well organised and great speakers!”
Head of Environment, Planning & Infrastructure, Manchester City Council

“Thank you for organising. Presentations and roundtables were excellent”
Specialist Transport Planner, North East Combined Authority

“Excellent event”
Technology & Change Business Partner, North Yorkshire County Council

“A valuable opportunity”
Intelligent Transport Systems Analyst, South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive

“An excellent event experience – informative presentations and engaging roundtable discussions”
Head of Digital Strategy, Transport for the North

“The format worked well, and a good choice of topics in the right level of detail”
Senior Consultant & Rail Subject Matter Expert, Transport for the North

“Great event”
Sustainable Journeys Delivery Officer (Clean Air), Transport for Greater Manchester

“Very useful insights into Buses in the Liverpool City Region and into MaaS…Enhanced partnerships, fares and integrated ticketing and zero emission buses of most interest and all of the roundtables were useful”
Transport for Warrington Service Manager, Warrington Borough Council 

“Roundtables were all enjoyable and very engaging”
Principal Traffic Engineer, Warwickshire County Council

“Thank you very much for organising the Smart Class last Friday. It was a very useful and well organised event. I hope that me and my colleagues can be part of the event again in the future”
Transport Planner, Wigan Metropolitan Borough Council

“Found the event very worthwhile and would value attending further events in the future”
Chief Executive, Highways Term Maintenance Association

“Back to conference and commute. Great to meet real people, hear insightful presentations and have rich conversations at Transport Smart Class, North”
Work Winning Director, AECOM

“Really enlightening”
Principal ITS Engineering Manager, Amey Consulting

“Thanks so much for the invite and organising the session on Friday. It was a great event and very nice to see some of the transport community in person after so long”
Research and Behaviours Lead – Intelligent Mobility & Smart Technologies, Atkins Global

“A very valuable event. I learned a lot about current transport innovations”
Managing Consultant – Transport Planning, MM Transport Planning

“It was one of the better conferences I have attended recently and I’d be interested in attending future Smart Class events”
Area Manager, Waterman Aspen/Lead Designer & Project Manager – Highways and Traffic Projects, Amey (Seconded) 

“It was my pleasure attending. I found it really useful”
Zero Emission Mobility Lead – UK & Europe, Wood 

“Thanks for having me, I really enjoyed the event. Great amount of time – half a day – with great number of interesting presentations and a delicious lunch”
Senior Future Mobility Consultant, WSP 

“Thank you Smart Classes for inviting me to speak at the event! It was great to hear and discuss the challenges transport authorities and local authorities face when designing frictionless and inclusive transport systems. A very engaging crowd!”
Co-Founder & CEO, CityMaaS (Innovation Sponsor)

“Thoroughly enjoyed the Smart Class in Leeds and got a lot out of it”
Founder & COO, Vivacity Labs (Innovation Sponsor)

“Thanks for running a great event”
Head of Marketing, Clearview Intelligence (Innovation Sponsor)

“Very well organised and delighted with the feedback from such an attentive and informed audience. A great format and a pleasure to meet the delegates and discuss some of their own smart city challenges”
Managing Director, Imperial Civil Enforcement Solutions (Innovation Sponsor)

“I would like to thank you for your help with the organisation of the Smart Classes sessions. It was a great event!”
Strategic Marketing Manager, Padam Mobility (Innovation Sponsor)

“For our first meeting outside France, I had the pleasure to present at the Transport Smart Class in Manchester…insightful and inspirational presentations from TfGM, National Highways, TfN, Padam Mobility, Videalert, Project Centre and Vortex IoT”
International Sales Director, Instant System (Innovation Sponsor)

“Thanks for having us Smart Classes. We loved presenting on new vehicle to infrastructure technologies and chatting about use cases for continuous urban scanning”
CEO and CTO, Vortex IoT (Innovation Sponsor)

“Thanks for organising. It was a great event and brilliant to speak and meet with people in person”
Head of UK Business Development, Padam Mobility (Innovation Sponsor)

“Thankyou for organising such a great event and having us on board…really enjoyed!”
Area Manager, Instant System (Innovation Sponsor)

“A great event with a lot of interesting discussions”
Head of Business Development & International Partnerships, Padam Mobility (Innovation Sponsor)

“Interesting day at the North of England Transport Smart Class. Great presentations and discussions on how to improve passenger mobility now and in the future”
Senior Consultant, Brightly, a Siemens company (Innovation Sponsor)

“Thanks Mark, I’ve really enjoyed the sessions and working with both you and Harriet. Hope to see you again in the future”
Senior Director for EMEA Client Services Centre, Brightly, a Siemens company (Innovation Sponsor)

“This was the second time ioki has participated in the Smart Classes format. Big thanks to the hosts of this event and the participants for the inspiring and interesting discussions about the future of mobility in the UK! We are already looking forward to next time”
Marketing Team, ioki – a DB company (Innovation Sponsor)

“Thank you Mark and Harriet for having Laura and myself at Friday’s Smart Class. It was as always a pleasure to exchange ideas about how to evolve Public Transport in the UK. Looking forward to the next one on October 6th in London”
Senior International Sales & Business Development Manager, ioki – a DB company (Innovation Sponsor)

“Delighted to share our active travel experience from two excellent LCRCA projects”
Director of Operations, Project Centre, part of Marston Holdings (Innovation Sponsor)

“At the Transport Smart Class in Manchester last week, Project Centre focused on deploying active travel schemes and the lessons learned from our experience, particularly working with Liverpool City Region Combined Authority. It was a fantastic opportunity to catch up with clients and colleagues and showcase what we’ve achieved so far in Wirral and Halton”
Marketing Team, Project Centre, part of Marston Holdings (Innovation Sponsor)

“It was a pleasure! Thanks for a well run and planned event, we all got a lot from it”
Intelligent Mobility Solutions Manager & Novus Product Lead, Trapeze Group (Innovation Sponsor)

“Another really well organised Transport Smart Class with many interesting presentations and an extremely knowledgeable audience”
General Manager, Siemens Mobility Software UKI (Innovation Sponsor)

Full collection of testimonials and feedback


“Building the Bee Network” – As Transport Strategy Director at Transport for Greater Manchester, Simon Warburton’s work has focussed in recent years on progressing the case for integrated public transport through ever-greater devolution and in establishing active travel as a genuine component of the city region network. Greater Manchester is currently establishing a system of bus franchises which, when complete in 2025, will form the basis for the Bee Network: the most developed integrated transport system outside London.

In this opening keynote, Simon will outline how TfGM is building the Bee Network to bring together bus, tram, active travel and ultimately rail services into one system with integrated ticketing, information and a high-quality user experience.

Simon’s presentation will update us on Greater Manchester’s 2040 Transport Strategy, take us through the network principles and spatial themes that underpin this strategy, and explain how the Bee Network, with bus franchising as the single largest component, will support a shift to more sustainable forms of transport to help meet GM’s decarbonisation targets and achieve the ‘Right Mix’ of journeys.

- Simon Warburton

“Developing a New Transport Strategy for West Yorkshire” – In this keynote presentation on behalf of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority, Kate Gifford (Head of Future Mobility) and Rachel Jones (Interim Head of Transport Policy) will talk through some of the key themes to be explored in the new local transport plan that’s in development.

Including shared transport and active travel, the new West Yorkshire Local Transport Plan will reflect the Mayor’s commitments to transport, national transport policy guidance and also identify ways in which West Yorkshire can achieve net zero carbon by 2038 within the transport sector.

- Kate Gifford, Rachel Jones

“Placed-Based and User-Centric Collaboration to Support More Connected Mobility Across the North” – Matt Smallwood, who is leading work on connected mobility at Transport for the North, will deliver an update in this keynote on how TfN has been supporting authorities across the North in realising their visions for more connected journeys for passengers.

He will explain the areas of focus and provide an update as TfN works towards implementing a collaborative, and holistic, connected mobility strategy that is placed-based, user-centric and evidence-led. This strategy intends to empower authorities across the North to work quickly and at scale to provide joined-up passenger experiences across modes, across regions and with minimal duplication of cost and effort.

- Matt Smallwood

“How Digitalisation and Technology Can Enhance Traditional Design Process” – Project Centre’s Regional Director Chris Harrison will be presenting on “how digitalisation and technology can enhance traditional design process”. Old data capture methods can only grasp a part of what local authorities, residents and designers need to deliver successful schemes. By harnessing technology including Power BI analytics and real time, localised air quality data as well as reaching residents with an online presence, local authorities and residents, can be empowered to make their own informed decisions and visualise the end results of projects. e.g. active travel/cycle and pedestrian improvement schemes, school streets, safer highway networks etc.

With big changes needed to connect our towns and neighbourhoods for a greener future, and pressure to deliver projects that are future proofed and sustainable, Chris will be presenting how to tackle this issue using tools that streamline processes. Through not just Project Centre’s experience but using the experience of sister technology companies Vortex and Videalert, Chris will be exploring how integrated digitalisation has progressed traditional civil engineering practices. Empowered by data, we make choices that allow us to deliver sustainable, inclusive and accessible places for all.

- Chris Harrison

“Mobility-as-a-Service: Increasing the Adoption of MaaS in the UK Market” – In this presentation, Matt Dacey (Business Development Consultant, Siemens IMS) and Jack Holland (Head of Northern Europe at Padam Mobility) will explore different ways to deliver Mobility-as-a-Service and look at ways to reduce the barriers to entry and improve the long-term commercial viability for delivering MaaS into the UK market.

Discover their vision for MaaS and for dynamic DRT!

- Matt Dacey, Jack Holland

“A Place-Based Digital Twin for Transport Decarbonisation and a Climate Resilient Network” – The DfTs strategic priorities include the decarbonisation of transport and improving network resilience to severe weather and flooding.

In this presentation – to be co-delivered by Slingshot Simulations’ CEO, Robert Harwood, and Tech Strategist, Joe Leach – a cutting-edge commercially available solution, backed by funding direct from DfT and the Connected Places Catapult, will be demonstrated that illustrates how strategic planners and operators can automatically access large amounts of previously disconnected mobility, environmental and regional data, combine this with analytics and simulation and enable rapid location based scenario evaluation of potential interventions to plan, prepare for and mitigate against the impacts of decarbonisation and climate events – and do this faster, at substantially lower cost and deliver better, more holistic outcomes.

Populated with required data and embedded simulation capability the solution overcomes the challenges of the data deluge and siloed analytics. Using a no-code, intuitive environment, the data and digital skills gap is addressed by enabling a more diverse set of users to access the technology.

- Robert Harwood, Joe Leach

“The Road to MaaS: Promises, Challenges and Future of MaaS” – We’ve heard the term MaaS thrown around. But what is it actually?

One way we could define MaaS is as creating simple, fully integrated, and seamless passenger journeys.

In this presentation, Guy Sutherland (Head of Bids and Partnerships) and James Lewis (Customer Success and Delivery Lead) from UrbanThings will be exploring the Promises, Challenges and Future of MaaS. They will discuss the state of MaaS today, challenges and barriers. They will also talk through ways for operators and authorities to deliver a single source of information and passenger communication, simplified and unified payments, and drive behavioural change.

As technologies and passenger demands are constantly changing, Guy and James will finally address the solutions available now, how to deploy them on a flexible platform, and what the roadmap of MaaS might look like.

- Guy Sutherland, James Lewis


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

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Supported by
Transport for the North (TfN)
Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM)
West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA)
Tracy Brabin Mayor of West Yorkshire

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