TfL, Solent Transport & GCP Keynotes at TRANSPORT Smart Class, London & South East England 2022


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We’re excited to reveal further details on our upcoming TRANSPORT Smart Class, London & South East England 2022 keynotes which will be delivered on behalf of Transport for London (TfL), Solent Transport and the Greater Cambridge Partnership (GCP):

“Innovating in London” – Transport for London is the integrated transport body for the Capital responsible for moving people and goods around London. This opening keynote presentation from TfL’s Head of Open Innovation, Rikesh Shah, will focus on how TfL is working with market innovators who can work with the city to help deliver the outcomes of Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan’s, Transport Strategy:

“At its heart is a bold aim for 80% of all trips in London to be made on foot, by cycle or using public transport by 2041”.

Three years on from the “Innovating in London” keynote that he delivered (as TfL’s Head of Commercial Innovation) at the 2019 edition of this event, we’re delighted to welcome Rikesh back to provide this timely update on TfL’s award winning market innovation activity and innovation hub; approach to public and private sector collaboration; applications of emerging technology data, cloud, VR/AR and AI/Machine Learning; ground breaking pilots and initiatives; and new mobility opportunities in London.

“The Role of Sub-Regional Partnerships in Delivering Future Mobility – Life Without Certainty and a Road Map” – This keynote on behalf of Solent Transport will discuss the role local government partnerships can play in innovation and implementation of transport initiatives, with particular reference to the delivery of the Solent Future Transport Zone programme including the upcoming launch of “Breeze” – its Mobility as a Service (MaaS) app – and other projects.

Head of Organisation & Solent Transport Manager, Conrad Haigh, and Principal Transport Planner, Richard Pemberton, will provide an overview of the programme and how it has responded to uncertainties arising from the Covid-19 pandemic, the sometimes unexpected challenges faced in delivering true innovation in local transport, and how Solent is working to overcome these within local government structures.

Solent Transport represents a partnership of four local transport authorities (Southampton City Council, Portsmouth City Council, Hampshire County Council and Isle of Wight Council), working to deliver improved transport infrastructure, networks and systems crucial to keeping the Solent region moving. 

“Harnessing Data and New Technologies to Create a More Sustainable Transport System” – This keynote on behalf of the Greater Cambridge Partnership will discuss how the Greater Cambridge area is harnessing new technologies and data to support the City Deal programme of transport improvements. This will include how the ‘Smart’ workstream has been working to ensure that data is at the heart of decision making and scheme appraisals in addition to harnessing transit data to support travellers in making more sustainable journeys. The presentation will also address the application of technologies such as autonomy to future proof the transport system and how digital twins can support more holistic decision making.

Strategy and Partnerships Manager, Dan Clarke, will discuss how the GCP are moving from trialling new technologies, to deploying at scale as well as setting out a future roadmap to harness new technology developments to help the GCP deliver a ‘world class transport system’ along with other critical objectives such as Net Zero.

Worth up to £500 million in funding to 2030 for transport infrastructure to boost economic growth, the GCP (whose four partners are Cambridge City Council, Cambridgeshire County Council, South Cambridgeshire District Council and University of Cambridge) is the largest of several City Deal programmes currently taking place in the UK.  

Pic: Simon Reed presenting the TfL keynote at last year’s TRANSPORT Smart Class, London & South East England edition

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, London & South East England 2022 takes place at Browns Courtrooms, Covent Garden, on Thursday 6th October (8.30am-2.00pm) and will host our speakers discussions on how the latest digital innovations can help overcome the transport and mobility challenges faced by the capital, its hinterland, burgeoning smart city-regions of the South East and East Anglia, and beyond.

In addition to our inspirational keynotes (followed by Q&As), the event will feature: Rapid fire innovator presentations (plus Q&As) delivered by up to 5 leading technology experts and thought leaders, each representing a priority transport and mobility innovation topic and associated fields of application (speakers already in place from ioki – a DB Company, Project Centre – part of Marston Holdings, and Siemens Mobility Software, with additional innovator presentations to be added to the agenda shortly!); 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 TRANSPORT Smart Class, London & South East England 2021! 

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. In addition to TRANSPORT Smart Class, London & South East England 2022 on October 6th, we’re hosting our 2022 Scotland edition in Glasgow on December 7th followed by 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, London & South East England 2022

On October 6th we will be casting a spotlight over London and South East England, hosting our speakers discussions on how the latest digital innovations can help overcome the transport and mobility challenges faced by the capital, it's hinterland, burgeoning smart city-regions of the South East and East Anglia, and beyond.


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Project Centre
Padam Mobility

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