TRANSPORT Smart Class, North of England 2024

Sponsored by
Nemi Mobility Solutions
Vivacity Labs


TRANSPORT Smart Classes show key buyer side stakeholders how they can deploy the latest digital technology-enabled solutions, data-driven strategies, policies 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; non-governmental organisations; 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 6th June 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 programmes, collaborative initiatives, digital journeys and adoptions of emerging, transformative technologies.

TRANSPORT Smart Class, North of England 2024 takes place at The Stoller Hall (below), Manchester, and follows on from highly acclaimed 2023 (Leeds), 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.


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 • Lincolnshire 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 • Telford and Wrekin Council • 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 • Transdev • 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 • AtkinsRealis • 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 • PJA • Project Centre • RAC • Ramboll • 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 • Waterman Group • 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 E-Mobility and Clean Growth • 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 • Ulster University • 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 • University of Wolverhampton • WMG, University of Warwick • University of the West England • University of Wolverhampton • University of York

Previous Transport Smart Class presentations have addressed:

“Transforming buses in the West Midlands” • “Harnessing mobile network data to understand every journey in your region” • “Moving away from fossil fuels for travel – Nottingham’s multi-faceted programme of transport innovation” • “Creating places, enabling active travel – Sustrans’ innovative approach to developing and activating greenways” • “EV charging infrastructure and smart ticketing in the Midlands” • “Implementing borough-wide moving traffic enforcement schemes to improve road safety and improve air quality” • “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:

“As usual, an excellent event with thought provoking presentations!”
Principal Transport Officer, Lancashire County Council

“Having not long re-joined Transport for the North it was great to update wider industry on my work in developing a, now agreed, Connected Mobility Strategy for the North of England. Framed around the places context of the North, it’s all about delivering user centric outcomes that help people connect to the places that matter to them”
Connected Mobility Manager, Transport for the North

“This Smart Class experience was super valuable…please keep NCC updated with new meeting opportunities!”
Project Manager, Northumberland County Council

“The roundtables were really useful, was good to get perspectives on what was being discussed. Many thanks for another good event”
Senior Project Manager – Air Quality, Transport Decarbonisation, Fleet Transition, Net Zero, EV & Hydrogen in Transport, Leeds City Council

“Thanks, it was a great Smart Class!”
Project Lead in Transport Construction and Civil Schemes, West Yorkshire Combined Authority

“We’re delighted our Connected Mobility Manager could join this event to put forward our ideas for smarter more integrated travel across the North”
TfN Communications Team

“Very relevant to our case and all of the roundtables were equally good”
Public Transport Manager, Hull City Council

“Really informative! Thanks for the invite”
Project Manager – Highways Development, Calderdale Council

“Thanks for having me. It was great to get involved in the discussions”
Policy and Research Officer, Community Transport Association

“All very good presentations. Thoroughly enjoyed the Bee line presentation and how the challenges are being addressed. I also found the DRT engagement really engaging in the sense that it presented alternative public transport services for deprived communities. I thoroughly enjoyed participating in the event. Well done to you and the team for the fantastic organisation”
Engineer – Active Travel Projects, Sustrans

“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

“The event was extremely useful and well organised. I learned and met people in real life who I had previously only engaged with virtually. Please keep me up to date with future events”
Founder and Director,

“Thanks for organising. I truly enjoyed my time at the event, it was very useful”
Intelligent Mobility Engineer, Arup

“Incredibly informative for my work and very interesting discussion”
Consultant – Transport Decarbonisation, WSP

“Good event. The Policy/Strategy Local Transport Plan material was very relevant to my work at present…and the potential of data collection and visualisation approach is very relevant to current challenges. All of the roundtables had value and went in several directions”
Regional Director of Surface Transport – Yorkshire & North East, Integrated Transport Division, Mott MacDonald

“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)

“Thanks for putting on a great event”
Head of Northern Europe, Padam Mobility, Siemens Mobility Software Business Unit (Innovation Sponsor)

“Last week our sister company, Project Centre, supported yet another successful Transport Smart Class event in Leeds”
Marketing Team, Marston Holdings (Innovation Sponsor)

“Fantastic event! It was great meeting so many people on the roundtable sessions and getting to know about the amazing projects people are working on”
Regional Director – South, Project Centre, part of Marston Holdings (Innovation Sponsor)

“Thank you again for yesterday’s event – I think it went down very well and well done on getting such a high quality audience. The UrbanThings team was happy to be involved in this event”
Marketing Manager, UrbanThings, a Paragon ID company (Innovation Sponsor)

“Our thanks to Smart Classes for organising and facilitating an excellent and fun forum to discuss the challenges facing us in the mobility space!”
Founder & CEO, UrbanThings, a Paragon ID company (Innovation Sponsor)

Full collection of testimonials and feedback


“Taking a Different Approach to Strategic Transport Planning” – Transport for the North (TfN) has recently prepared its second Strategic Transport Plan – which is the North’s pan-regional transport strategy.

In this keynote, Katie Day, Director of Strategy, Analysis and Communications, will explain how working together with the North’s political leaders, business representatives and other partners has enabled TfN to develop this new plan, setting out the economic, social and environmental ambitions for the North to achieve transformational change through better connectivity. It is a plan focused on outcomes for people and places, is based on evidence, and will set the framework for TfN, as a sub-national transport body, to provide advice to government.

- Katie Day

“Developing and Delivering Greater Manchester’s Active Travel Programme – Combining Infrastructure, Services, Innovation, Community and Behavioural Change to Support the Bee Network Vision” “Active Travel is at the heart of everything we do to support Greater Manchester’s Bee Network vision. Set out in our local strategies and transport plans, the Bee Network will bring together walking, wheeling, cycling and all public transport modes into a single joined-up transport offer”…

The Bee Active Network, at 2734km, is the most ambitious active travel infrastructure programme in the UKSince 2020, great progress has been made on delivering this generational change in how communities and visitors move in and around Greater Manchester.

Richard Nickson, Network Director Active Travel, will outline in this keynote presentation how Transport for Greater Manchester are combining best-in-UK-class infrastructure delivery with other interventions, spanning policy, activation, services, community empowerment and behaviour change, in a systems-led approach to achieve significant modal change.

Richard will also talk about how TfGM’s ‘movement for movement’ underpins their approach to healthy active lives.

- Dr Richard Nickson

“Finding the Catalyst for Change in a Car First Borough” – In this keynote, Rose McArthur will outline West Cheshire and Chester Council’s strategic transport vision and ongoing development of a new Local Transport Plan, and ask how stakeholders in the room might assist in overcoming the associated challenges:

“I’m the Director of Strategic Transport, Highways and Climate Change in a non-devolved unitary with a beautiful mix of rural and urban settings. The historic city of Chester, the market towns of Northwich and Winsford, as well as the epic giant of industrial business – Ellesmere Port.

We’ve grand ambition to decarbonise industry, connect people to jobs and skills, education and each other and we have exceptional people working really hard to develop thriving places. We just have this little problem of 2 year transport funding settlements, deregulated buses, limited active travel networks and being one of the easiest accessible boroughs by car with bountiful car parking and an unhealthy obsession with potholes. I want to bring a bit of The Olympics Travel Demand Management thinking to this beautiful borough but I don’t have the data or the catalyst for change. Maybe you can help me with that?”

- Rose McArthur

“Flexible Fixed Bus Lines: A Hybrid Approach to DRT – Success Factors for Resource Allocation and Demand Aggregation” Today´s challenge in rural areas is to make public transport bus services the most efficient way to aggregate the largest number of people in the fewest number of trips possible with the existing fleet. These are the decisive factors for the success of a service. However, public transport remains a challenge due to limited resources. So the question to be answered in this session is: how can you make the current resources you have in rural and peri-urban areas work in a more efficient manner? Not just economically efficient but also improve the user experience at the same time.

This presentation by Nemi will highlight how rural and peri-urban areas, which have significant public transport gaps, can use a semi-flexible DRT approach to significantly improve the mobility of their inhabitants, dissolving transport deserts and connectivity issues in their tracks. Nemi´s unique hybrid approach to flexibilising fixed lines with on-demand stops or placing all, or parts of the route on demand at certain times of the day/day of the week will be showcased using case studies from their home region in north eastern Spain, close to Barcelona. Accessibility and bridging the digital divide is another key success factor for the running of inclusive services in rural areas; Nemi will showcase their Whatsapp bot for trip reservations currently being piloted in Barcelona.

Lisa Grace (CMO) and Abby Meuli (R&D Project Manager) will challenge the myth that under performing fixed-line services benefit from being converted into DRT to show that a semi-flexible approach with limited resources can bring important efficiencies in terms of demand aggregation, enhanced user experience, passenger satisfaction and high social value.

- Lisa Grace, Abby Meuli

Innovator thought leadership presentation on behalf of VivaCity: Presentation title & summary description + speaker details to follow.


Further innovator presentations to be announced shortly!



  • 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 Greater Manchester (TfGM)
Bee Network
Cheshire West and Chester Council
Liverpool City Region Combined Authority (LCRCA)
Transport for the North (TfN)

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