Revealing our TfGM, TfN and Highways England Keynotes for TRANSPORT Smart Class, North of England 2021


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We’re delighted to confirm our TRANSPORT Smart Class, North of England 2021 keynote speakers, along with their presentation topics:

  • “Embracing Innovation to Enable Greater Manchester to Build Back Better” – In this opening keynote, Nicola Kane – TfGM’s Head of Strategic Planning, Insight and Innovation – will discuss the different ways in which Greater Manchester is innovating to deliver the vision set out in its Greater Manchester Transport Strategy for 2040 and to enable the conurbation to recover from the COVID19 pandemic whilst tackling inequalities and transport emissions. Nicola’s presentation will cover all aspects of GM’s innovation agenda, from mobility hubs, shared micromobility and EVs, and CAVs; through to using AI and 5G technology to support social distancing and better manage our transport system.
  • “Future Travel Scenarios in the North and the Developing Transport Landscape” – Transport for the North are using a scenarios approach to understand and respond to the future uncertainty of how people will interact with the transport system in the years ahead. This will inform the future of transport debate, and help TfN to design transport strategies which are adaptive and resilient to a range of different plausible futures. TfN’s Senior Major Roads Planning and Strategy Officer, Simon McGlone, will demonstrate in this keynote how Future Travel Scenarios (including “Just About Managing”, “Prioritised Places”, “Digitally Distributed” and “Urban Zero Carbon” scenarios) have developed a shared understanding of the current and emerging complexity of the future of transport and created dynamic roadmaps which TfN will need to navigate when delivering their vision of a thriving North, where world class transport supports sustainable economic growth, excellent quality of life and improved opportunities for all, in line with the Northern Charter objectives.
  • “Highways England’s Digital Roads Vision” – It has long been said that digital technologies have the power to disrupt the highways industry. But to actually realise the benefits new technology can bring, we need a coherent plan. In this keynote presentation, Head of Innovation, Dr Annette Pass, will explain how Highways England intends to deliver its Digital Roads vision through three themes: Digital Design & Construction, Digital Operations and Digital for Customers. Annette will also discuss the role innovation plays in successfully delivering change.

TRANSPORT Smart Class, North of England 2021 takes place in-person on Friday September 10th (8.30am-2.00pm) at Chetham’s School of Music, Manchester.

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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, micromobility, 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 2021 will host our speakers discussions on how the latest digital innovations can help overcome the transport and mobility challenges faced by burgeoning city-regions of the Northern Powerhouse and beyond. In addition to our inspirational Keynotes, the event will feature: Rapid fire innovator presentations delivered by technology experts and thought leaders, each representing a priority topic and associated fields of digital innovation and application; Deeper-dive roundtable consultations with speakers and specialists to 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, 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, county and unitary 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 collaboration and knowledge exchange!

As with all of our Smart Class events, up to 5 innovators/solution vendors can participate in an “Innovation Sponsor” capacity (Instant System, Padam Mobility, Project Centre and Videalert have already secured their slots): 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. Peruse our Testimonials page (or the individual Smart Class event pages on our website) for feedback from previous delegates, sponsors and supporters!

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TRANSPORT Smart Class, North of England 2021

On September 10th 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

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Project Centre
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