On February 24th we hosted TRANSPORT Smart Class, Midlands 2022 at the historical Nottingham Council House. This latest in-person Smart Class gave a fresh take on how to deploy digital technology-enabled solutions, data-driven strategies and best practices to tackle transport and mobility challenges faced by burgeoning city-regions of the East and West 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.
As usual, our videographer captured the keynotes and innovator presentations on film for additional stakeholders to enjoy post-event!
If you meet our regular delegate qualification criteria but were unable to join us on the day, just complete the short application form below and we’ll give you complimentary access to the presentation videos, recordings and slides.
Our inspirational keynotes included: Transport for West Midlands’ Director for Policy, Strategy & Innovation, Mike Waters, and Head of Swift at TfWM, Matt Lewis; Coventry City Council’s Transport Innovation Manager, Sunil Budhdeo, and Senior Rail Programme Manager, Nicola Small; and Midlands Connect’s Head of Strategy, Richard Bradley. Mike, Matt, Sunil, Nicola and Richard provided invaluable real-world insights into some of their ongoing programmes and challenges, developing transport and mobility strategies, digital visions, data sharing experiences, collaborative opportunities and adoptions of emerging, transformative technologies.
The Smart Class also featured innovator thought leadership presentations – on behalf of Siemens IMS, Padam Mobility, Marston Holdings and Sustrans – from Sohejl Wanjani, Jack Holland, Christina Glover and Clare Maltby. Each innovator speaker represented distinct transport and mobility innovation themes and priority areas of application, and subsequently hosted (with support from expert colleagues) confidential, deeper dive, roundtable discussions with all delegates in attendance. Further networking was facilitated over breakfast and a cooked lunch.
Key topics addressed included:
- Bettering Oyster outside the London area – How we finally do it
- Paving the way for the “holy grail of smart ticketing” and unlocking these opportunities beyond the West Midlands
- Transforming mobility in Coventry with Urban Airport and Coventry Very Light Rail, two world firsts!
- Using Air One in cities throughout the UK to provide environmentally friendly drone operations
- Urban VLR vs light rail and making urban light rail a possibility in smaller and medium-sized cities
- Delivering infrastructure at speed and at scale, without leaving anyone behind – capturing all of the Midlands communities and geographies
- Putting the Midlands at the centre of the green industrial revolution – Delivering a resilient road network for recharging electric vehicles and refuelling with alternative fuels
- Evolving our use of hydrogen for moving heavy loads long distances
- Enabling a paradigm shift in behaviour
- Clarifying the 7 most common myths about MaaS
- Indicators for a successful and long-lasting MaaS platform
- Fostering modal shift from car to public transport, and significant reduction of CO2 emissions
- Implemented state-of-the-art journey planners and MaaS solutions from around the world
- Integrating demand responsive transport into Bus Service Improvement Plans (BSIPs)
- How rural and peri-urban areas of the Midlands with significant public transport gaps can use DRT to significantly improve the mobility of their inhabitants
- 6 practical tips for the implementation and launch of dynamic DRT
- Tools and opportunities for enforcing moving traffic, easing congestion, improving journey times, increased safety and cleaner air
- New TMA Part 6 legislation – Fully enacting the remaining elements and what this means for local authorities
- Making it easier for people to walk and cycle: Innovations in approach – Combining GIS data with collaborative design and community engagement
- Paths for Everyone, Liveable Cities & Towns for Everyone
Those qualifying to receive the presentation videos and rich media content from this event 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.
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