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On September 9th we hosted TRANSPORT Smart Class, North of England 2022 in The Stoller Hall at Chetham’s School of Music, Manchester. This Smart Class gave a fresh take on deploying the latest digital technology-enabled solutions, data-driven strategies and best practices to tackle transport and mobility challenges faced by burgeoning city-regions of the Northern Powerhouse, 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 at the bottom of this page and we’ll give you complimentary access to the presentation videos, recordings and slides.

Our inspirational keynotes included Transport for the North’s (TfN) Head of Digital Strategy, Matt Smallwood, Liverpool City Region Combined Authority’s (LCRCA) Portfolio Holder for Transport (and Chair of Merseytravel’s Transport Committee), Councillor Liam Robinson, and National Highways’ Roads Development Director, Dr Joanna White. Matt, Liam and Jo provided invaluable real-world insights into their transport and mobility strategies, ongoing programmes and challenges, digital visions, collaborative initiatives, adoptions of transformative technologies and data driven outcomes.

The Smart Class also featured innovator thought leadership presentations – on behalf of Siemens Mobility, Trapeze Group, Project Centre (part of Marston Holdings), ioki (a DB company) and Brightly – from Alex Stewart, Colin Urquhart, Graham StorrieSteph Bortoli, Alina Bahr, Laura Reupke, Hannah Winstanley and Matthew Kelley. Our innovator speakers represented unique priority transport and mobility innovation themes and subsequently hosted (with support from expert colleagues) confidential, deeper dive, roundtable discussions with all delegates in attendance. The live (in-person only) session also included Q&As and further networking opportunities over breakfast, drinks and a cooked lunch.


Topic highlights included:

  • Collaborating to Deliver More Connected Mobility Across the North – Maximising the Scale, Spread and Impact of Existing Digital Innovation in the North;
  • Developing the Connected Mobility Concept to ‘Level-Up’ and Support Non-Mayoral Authorities; 
  • Putting Buses at the Heart of the Liverpool City Region’s Transport Revolution – Zero Emission Hydrogen Buses, the Green Bus Routes Programme and Reforming the Bus System;
  • Learning from Connected and Autonomous Vehicle Trials – Scaling Up to Deliver Digital Roads and the National Highways Connected Services Roadmap;
  • Enabling Net Zero Roads and Fulfilling the Ambitions in the National Highways Carbon Plan; 
  • Bus Franchising and Enhanced Partnerships – Strategies for Success: Deregulated vs Franchised Models; Critical Themes, Deliverables and Measures Associated with a London-Style Franchising Solution for the North; and Pitfalls Authorities Should Avoid; 
  • Smarter Assets, Sustainable Communities – How EAM Enables Organisations to Transform the Performance of their Assets, Integrate with IoT and Deliver ESG Requirements in Support of Effective Transportation Services;
  • How to Set Up a Tailor-Made DRT Service: Success Factors for Demand Responsive Transport Planning and Operations;
  • MaaS – It’s a People Thing! – How Mobility-as-a-Service Needs to Appeal to the End User with Seamless Plan, Book, Pay and Ride; 
  • The Active Travel Trail: Lessons Learnt from the Process – Liverpool City Region Combined Authority’s Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan and a Case Study of the Halton and Wirral Active Travel Projects; 
  • And More! 

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 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.

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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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