Introducing our TfN, LCRCA and National Highways Keynotes for TRANSPORT Smart Class, North of England 2022


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We’re thrilled to announce our TRANSPORT Smart Class, North of England 2022 keynote speakers, along with their presentation topics:

“Collaborating to Deliver More Connected Mobility Across the North” – In this opening keynote, TfN’s Head of Digital Strategy, Matt Smallwood, will set out how Transport for the North is working across regional authorities to help maximise the scale, spread and impact of existing digital innovation in the North.

He will detail the Connected Mobility Hub concept being developed to ‘level-up’ and support non-mayoral combined authorities, and provide information around how TfN aims to act as a regional centre of excellence developing and delivering efficiencies of scale and the exchange of knowledge and expertise between areas.

Matt will also explain how this work will then shape the aspirational roadmap for a holistic Connected Mobility Strategy for the North of England, bringing together authorities ambitions and objectives to realise quicker and more cost effective delivery.

“Putting Bus at the Heart of the Liverpool City Region’s Transport Revolution” – The LCR is transforming its transport system, from new publicly-owned trains for Merseyrail to the first new Mersey Ferry for 60 years. However, the bus remains the backbone of the transport system and upcoming reform and investment will ensure that it plays a full part in delivering London-style transport for the region.

In this keynote presentation, Councillor Liam Robinson – the LCRCA’s Portfolio Holder for Transport (and Chair of Merseytravel’s Transport Committee) – will talk about the key projects which are bringing the LCR’s vision for bus to reality, from industry-leading zero emission hydrogen buses to prioritising buses through the Green Bus Routes programme and reforming the region’s bus system.

“Learning from Connected and Autonomous Vehicle Trials – Scaling Up to Deliver the National Highways Connected Services Roadmap” – Dr Joanna White heads up National Highways’ Roads Development Division, a division focussed on intelligent transport systems, energy and road design.

In this keynote, she’ll outline “what we’ve learnt from CAV road trials, and how these activities are being scaled up to deliver our connected services roadmap, part of our Digital for Customer ambitions – from our Digital Roads vision”. Digital roads harness data, technology and connectivity to improve the way the strategic road network is designed, built, operated and used.

Jo will also explain how this work can also enable National Highways to deliver net zero highways and fulfill the ambitions in their carbon plan.

Pic: The TfN keynote at TRANSPORT Smart Class, North of England 2021

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 to travel efficiently, safely and with minimal impact on the environment.

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.

TRANSPORT Smart Class, North of England 2022 takes place at Chetham’s School of Music, Manchester, on Friday 9th September (8.30am-2.30pm) and will host 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.

In addition to our inspirational keynotes (plus Q&As), the event will feature: Rapid fire innovator presentations (plus Q&As) delivered by leading technology experts and thought leaders on behalf of Brightly Software, ioki (a DB company), Project Centre (part of Marston Holdings), Siemens Mobility Intermodal Solutions and Trapeze Group, each representing a priority transport and mobility innovation topic and associated fields of application; 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 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.

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

Pic: Roundtable discussions in progress at last year’s TRANSPORT Smart Class, North of England edition! 

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. All of the sponsorship slots have been secured for our upcoming 2022 North of England edition in Manchester on Sept 9th but we still have a couple of slots available at our 2022 London & South East England (Oct 6th, London) and Scotland (Dec 7th, Glasgow) editions and we’re also hosting 2023 Transport Smart Classes for Northern Ireland (Feb 9th, Belfast), the Midlands (March 16th, Coventry), North of England (May 25th, Leeds), Scotland (Sept 7th, Edinburgh) and London & South East England (Oct 17th, London).

Our forward schedule also features Water Management (10th Nov 2022, Birmingham), Emissions & Air Quality (26th April 2023, London), Public Realm & Urban Spaces (4th July 2023, Manchester), Waste Management (22nd Nov 2023, London), Energy (TBC) and Health & Assisted Living (TBC) editions. 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, North of England 2022

On September 9th 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.


   Manchester, UK

Sponsored by
Brightly Software
ioki - a DB company
Project Centre
Trapeze Group

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