Announcing Transport Scotland, Glasgow City Council & SEStran Keynotes for TRANSPORT Smart Class, Scotland 2022


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We’re delighted to confirm our keynotes for TRANSPORT Smart Class, Scotland 2022 which takes place at Citation, Glasgow, on Wednesday December 7th: 

“Driving Down Car Use in Scotland by 20% – A Strategic Approach to Behaviour Change for Net-Zero” – In this keynote on behalf of Transport Scotland, Phil McCluskey (Head of Sustainable Transport Demand) and Heather Cowan (Head of Climate Change & Just Transition) will discuss the Scottish Government’s approach to meeting its world-leading commitment to reduce car use by 20% by 2030, in support of their wider net-zero ambitions:

“This will include an overview of the behaviour change approach developed through our route map, published in draft in January 2022, which recognises that individual behaviour change happens in the context of the social and material environments in which people live, and which sets out the interventions that will enable people to adopt better ways of living by creating a social and material context where reduced car use is a normal, easy, attractive and routine behaviour to adopt”.

The presentation will explain how the framework of interventions in the route map supports behaviour change at both the individual and system level. Phil and Heather will set out how the approach unlocks benefits for car users and non-car users, including for health, wellbeing, safety, the environment and the public realm. They will also provide an overview of the collaborative approach taken with local and regional partners to support the reduction in car use, and how individuals, organisations and businesses can support this transformation.


“The Glasgow City Centre Transport Plan” – Glasgow City Council has been working on a new Glasgow City Centre Transport Plan. It’s overall aim is to ensure that transport plays a key and proactive part in Glasgow City Centre being an attractive and sustainable place for residents, visitors and businesses. The Plan sits under the overarching Glasgow Transport Strategy for the city and ties in with a number of other key policy documents including the Connectivity Commission, City Centre Strategic Development Framework, and Glasgow’s Climate Plan.

Glasgow City Council’s keynote will be jointly presented by Deborah Paton (Head of Transport Strategy), Steven Gray (Group Manager – City Centre Transformation Plan) and Councillor Angus Millar (Glasgow’s Convener for Climate, the Glasgow Green Deal, Transport and City Centre Recovery).

Their presentation will cover the content of the Plan, methods used – including consultation – and will highlight some of the key projects that are to be delivered, including the creation of a “City Centre People First Zone”. This would be a high quality public realm area where people are able to easily and safely walk and wheel, “where people feel they have priority and vehicles are the guests in an environment with less noise and cleaner air”.


“Addressing the Big Transport Challenges of our Time Through SEStran’s Regional Transport Strategy” – In this keynote, Anna Herriman (Senior Partnership Manager) and Jim Stewart (Strategy Manager) will talk through SEStran’s new (draft) Regional Transport Strategy, and how it meets the challenges of the next decade for the region. SEStran’s strategy aims to create a framework for the region in which sustainable modes of transport are easier, more appealing and accessible for all to use. The RTS vision simultaneously provides a framework for delivering on climate targets and social justice outcomes:

“A South-East of Scotland fully integrated transport system that will be efficient, connected and safe; create inclusive, prosperous, and sustainable places to live, work and visit; be affordable and accessible to all, enabling people to be healthier; and delivering the region’s contribution to net zero emissions targets”.

Anna and Jim will outline the approach used to develop the RTS and the role of an RTS in Scotland’s transport ‘environment’. Their presentation will include discussion on how transport issues relating to land use, planning and development have been woven into the development of the RTS, and an overview of the RTS’s new spatial strategy will be given.

The presentation will also explain how the RTS’s use of new regional mobility themes have been designed to help define the region’s challenges and priorities. This part of Anna’s presentation will also discuss the role of all partners in delivering the RTS’s vision.

TRANSPORT Smart Class, Scotland 2022 will give 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 the burgeoning city-regions of Glasgow & Clyde Valley, Edinburgh & South East Scotland, Stirling, Tay, Aberdeen, Inverness & Highlands, and beyond, and deliver a transport system that will allow passengers and citizens to travel efficiently, safely and with minimal impact on the environment.

Event Highlights:
  • 3 Inspirational keynote presentations on behalf of Transport Scotland, Glasgow City Council and SEStran, 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.
  • Up to 5 Rapid fire innovator presentations delivered by leading technology experts and thought leaders, each representing a priority transport and mobility innovation topic and associated fields of application. Innovation speakers already confirmed from Imperial Civil Enforcement Solutions, ioki – a DB company, Project Centre (part of Marston Holdings) and Trapeze Group!
  • 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 cooked lunch, and all at no charge!

Qualifying delegates include commissioning, procurement, trialling and partnering leads, senior influencers, strategic decision makers and planners from local authorities (e.g. city, borough, metropolitan, district and county councils); public and private 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, vehicle manufacturers, parking operators, prime contractors etc.

Those with relevant credentials can REGISTER HERE for a free place and join us for what promises to be an insightful half day of in person collaboration and knowledge exchange!

Up to 5 innovators/solution vendors can participate at a Smart Class in an “Innovation Sponsor” capacity: Check out our Event Sponsorship page for full details on “Smart Class Innovation Sponsorship Packages” or contact us by phone or e-mail if you’d like to discuss this option further.

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NB. The supporting website page (and registration) for TRANSPORT Smart Class, Scotland 2023 will go live in December, after the 2022 edition has taken place.

Peruse our Testimonials page (or the individual Smart Class event pages on our website and “Retrospective Round-ups” published on the Smart Classes Knowledge Base) for feedback from previous delegates, sponsors and supporters!

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TRANSPORT Smart Class, Scotland 2022

On December 7th we will be casting a spotlight over Scotland, hosting our speakers discussions on how the latest digital innovations can help overcome the transport and mobility challenges faced by the city-regions of Glasgow & Clyde Valley, Edinburgh & South East Scotland, Stirling, Tay, Aberdeen, Inverness & Highlands, and beyond.


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