Announcing our TfWM, Midlands Connect and Nottingham City Council Keynotes for TRANSPORT Smart Class, Midlands 2023


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We’re delighted to confirm full details on our keynote presentations for TRANSPORT Smart Class, Midlands 2023 which takes place at Drapers’ Hall, Coventry, on Wednesday 22nd November (8.30am-2.00pm):

“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”.

“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.

“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.

Our venue: Situated in the heart of the city’s Cathedral Quarter, Drapers’ Hall is Coventry’s finest Regency building 

TRANSPORT Smart Class, Midlands 2023 will give key stakeholders a fresh take on deploying the latest digital technology-enabled solutions, data-driven strategies and best practices to tackle transport and mobility challenges faced by burgeoning city-regions of the West and East Midlands, and beyond, and deliver a transport system that will allow passengers and citizens to travel efficiently, safely and with minimal impact on the environment.

Core themes at a TRANSPORT Smart Class 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 post-Covid world.

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.

If you meet the qualification criteria described, REGISTER HERE to secure your free delegate place at TRANSPORT Smart Class, Midlands 2023 and join us for what promises to be an insightful half day of collaboration and knowledge exchange!

Event Highlights:
  • Inspirational keynotes on behalf of Transport for West Midlands (TfWM), Nottingham City Council and Midlands Connect (MC), giving invaluable real-world insights into transport and mobility strategies, ongoing programmes and challenges, digital visions, collaborative initiatives, and adoptions of emerging, transformative technologies and data driven outcomes.
  • Rapid fire innovator presentations from up to 5 leading technology experts and thought leaders, each representing a priority transport and mobility innovation topic and associated areas of application.
  • Q&As after each keynote and innovator presentation.
  • Deeper-dive roundtable consultations with speakers and specialists to help hone delegates’ smart strategies and address some of their specific transport and mobility challenges.
  • Further networking opportunities with peers and pioneers over breakfast, drinks and lunch, and all at no charge!

Last year’s Midlands edition was hosted at Nottingham Council House

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TRANSPORT Smart Class, Midlands 2023

On November 22nd 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, and beyond.


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