TRANSPORT Smart Class, Midlands 2023 Retrospectives Round-Up


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Back on November 22nd we hosted TRANSPORT Smart Class, Midlands 2023 at Drapers’ Hall, Coventry. If you missed any of the subsequent presentation “Retrospectives”, here’s another opportunity to gain valuable insights from our Innovation Sponsors (BT Active Intelligence, Sustrans and Marston Holdings) and Keynote Supporters (Transport for West Midlands, Nottingham City Council and Midlands Connect).

If you satisfy our regular delegate qualification criteria* for a Transport Smart Class but were unable to join us on the day for this live in-person event, CLICK HERE and complete the short “Download form” at the bottom of the post to receive a unique link giving free of charge access to all of the presentation videos, recordings and slides. Alternatively, click on your preferred presentation title from below to re-visit an individual retrospective:

  1. “Transforming Buses in the West Midlands”
  2. “Understanding Every Journey in your Region”
  3. “Moving Away from Fossil Fuels for Travel & Transport”
  4. “Creating Places, Enabling Active Travel”
  5. “Accelerating EV Charging Infrastructure and Smart Ticketing in the Midlands”
  6. “Wokingham Borough Council Case Study – How a Strategic Partnership Introduced Borough Wide Moving Traffic Enforcement”

*Those qualifying to receive the presentation videos and rich media content from this event include commissioning, procurement, trialling, partnering and policy 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.


Here’s what some of our delegates and stakeholders had to say about TRANSPORT Smart Class, Midlands 2023:

“Just wanted to send a big thank you for the conference yesterday – I really enjoyed meeting everyone. Loads of contacts for me in my new role!” – Travel Demand Manager, Transport for West Midlands “I think Smart Classes are some of the best events I have been to, in the the sense of the timing, the engagement and the ability to speak to everyone in the room. I found all of the roundtables very valuable and a really good chance to speak to the speakers” – Principal Transport Planner, Walsall Council • “First time at a Smart Class and very impressed. All really good presentations and benefited from every roundtable. Very good session, thank you!” – Traffic and Network Coordination Manager, Transport for West Midlands • “Thanks for the opportunity to speak. A good morning’s thought provocation” – Transport Strategy Manager, Nottingham City Council • “Excellent event. Thanks for the opportunity to present” – Head of New Technologies, Midlands Connect • “Worthwhile and appreciated. All good presentations and equally good discussion at each of the roundtables” – Transport and Growth Manager, Lincolnshire County Council • “Would recommend Smart Classes to colleagues” – Regional Delivery Director (Midlands), National Highways • “Excellent organisation of the event” – Principal Officer, Coventry City Council “It was a great session. Thank you to you and your team for organising” – Sustainable Transport Manager, Coventry University

“Thank you for today’s Transport focused Smart Class in Coventry. It was jam packed full of excellent speakers, showcasing innovation in their field, and a host of interesting attendees. Key takeaways include engaging with peers, innovators and the public and sharing tools, tech and knowledge to strengthen the whole of the UK, not just the Midlands. All of the topics addressed were valuable to developing my knowledge” – Senior Stakeholder and Community Engagement Manager, Skanska • “Thank you so much for the invite. Really enjoyed it. Very relevant to work we are doing. Very interesting discussion and great to see and think about future considerations in data. Have made some good connections and looking forward to future classes” – Associate Director – Intelligent Mobility, Arup “Was great to meet and have some really useful discussions today!” – Director Future Mobility, Arup “The presentations and roundtable discussions were all valuable” – Principal Transport Planner, Waterman Group • “The presentations were great quality and all had relevance. All of the roundtables were informative and the venue was great” – Senior Associate Director, Jacobs/Professor, University of Wolverhampton • “The Midlands Smart Class last week was informative and included thought provoking presentations. It was great to hear about innovation in transport planning first hand, and to contribute to some insightful conversations regarding emerging technology in the break out sessions, particularly where PJA is already working closely with the presenters to innovation into our projects such as the use of the latest mobile data in development planning” – Associate Director, PJA

“One of my favourite days of 2023 as we met with data and transport experts from across the UK in an exciting and engaging format”…“Great to be at Smart Classes event in Coventry today discussing how BT Active Intelligence’s data can understand every journey to enable better decision making. Some great conversations around making location data easily accessible and readily available to meet the demands of current projects” – Transport Senior Sales Specialist, BT Active Intelligence (Innovation Sponsor) • “It was a good day. Happy to attend other events like this one in the future!” – Mobility Insights Technical Manager, BT Active Intelligence (Innovation Sponsor) • “Really enjoyed the session and I’ll look forward to seeing you again” – Strategic Account Director, Marston Holdings (Innovation Sponsor) • “All of our roundtables were a good opportunity to talk with all of the delegates. How community engagement can be integrated into our network and planning was a most interesting topic of discussion. Thank you for making us feel so welcome” – Senior Project Manager (West Midlands) – Behaviour Change and Engagement Team, Sustrans (Innovation Sponsor) • “Great to be part of the session today and hear where others thoughts are going with infrastructure, technology and decarbonisation of transport” – Head of Design and Engineering (Midlands), Sustrans (Innovation Sponsor)


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TRANSPORT Smart Class, Midlands 2023

On November 22nd we will be casting a spotlight over Central England, hosting our speakers discussions on how the latest digital innovations can help overcome the transport and mobility challenges faced by the burgeoning city-regions of the West and East Midlands, and beyond.


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