TRANSPORT Smart Class, North of England 2022 Retrospectives Round-Up


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Back on September 9th, we hosted TRANSPORT Smart Class, North of England 2022 at Chetham’s School of Music, Manchester. If you missed any of the subsequent presentation “Retrospectives”, here’s another opportunity to gain valuable insights from our Innovation Sponsors (Siemens Mobility, Trapeze Group, Project Centre, ioki and Brightly) and Keynote Supporters (Transport for the North, Liverpool City Region Combined Authority and National Highways)…

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. “Collaborating to Deliver More Connected Mobility Across the North”
  2. “MaaS – It’s a People Thing!”
  3. “Bus Franchising and Enhanced Partnerships – Strategies for Success”
  4. “Putting Buses at the Heart of the Liverpool City Region’s Transport Revolution”
  5. “Lessons from the Active Travel Trail”
  6. “How to Set up a Tailor-Made DRT Service – Success Factors for Planning and Operations”
  7. “Digital Roads – Scaling up from Connected and Autonomous Vehicle Trials”
  8. “Smarter Assets, Sustainable Communities”

*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.


Here’s what some of our delegates and stakeholders had to say about TRANSPORT Smart Class, North of England 2022:

“Another brilliant Transport Smart Class last week! Really engaging and thought provoking presentations and discussions. Great to hear about the important role of tech, data and the power of partnership working. Really strong female representation on the panel too” Transport Development Analyst, Liverpool City Region Combined Authority • “It was a really great event!” – Transport Strategy Officer, Transport for Greater Manchester “Very useful insights into Buses in the Liverpool City Region and into MaaS…Enhanced partnerships, fares and integrated ticketing and zero emission buses of most interest and all of the roundtables were useful” – Transport for Warrington Service Manager, Warrington Borough Council “An excellent event experience – informative presentations and engaging roundtable discussions” – Head of Digital Strategy, Transport for the North “Many thanks for inviting me as a keynote speaker. I really enjoyed the event and presentations” – Roads Development Director, National Highways “It was my pleasure attending. I found it really useful” – Zero Emission Mobility Lead – UK & Europe, Wood “Another really well organised Transport Smart Class with many interesting presentations and an extremely knowledgeable audience” – General Manager, Siemens Mobility Software UKI (Innovation Sponsor) • “This was the second time ioki has participated in the Smart Classes format. Big thanks to the hosts of this event and the participants for the inspiring and interesting discussions about the future of mobility in the UK! We are already looking forward to next time” – Marketing Team, ioki – a DB company (Innovation Sponsor)

“Interesting day at the North of England Transport Smart Class. Great presentations and discussions on how to improve passenger mobility now and in the future” – Senior Consultant, Brightly, a Siemens company (Innovation Sponsor) • “Thanks Mark, I’ve really enjoyed the sessions and working with both you and Harriet. Hope to see you again in the future” – Senior Director for EMEA Client Services Centre, Brightly, a Siemens company (Innovation Sponsor) • “Thank you Mark and Harriet for having Laura and myself at Friday’s Smart Class. It was as always a pleasure to exchange ideas about how to evolve Public Transport in the UK. Looking forward to the next one on October 6th in London” – Senior International Sales & Business Development Manager, ioki – a DB company (Innovation Sponsor) • “Delighted to share our active travel experience from two excellent LCRCA projects” – Director of Operations, Project Centre, part of Marston Holdings (Innovation Sponsor) • “At the Transport Smart Class in Manchester last week, Project Centre focused on deploying active travel schemes and the lessons learned from our experience, particularly working with Liverpool City Region Combined Authority. It was a fantastic opportunity to catch up with clients and colleagues and showcase what we’ve achieved so far in Wirral and Halton” – Marketing Team, Project Centre, part of Marston Holdings (Innovation Sponsor) • “It was a pleasure! Thanks for a well run and planned event, we all got a lot from it” – Intelligent Mobility Solutions Manager & Novus Product Lead, Trapeze Group (Innovation Sponsor)


Remaining 2022 Smart Classes

2023 and Beyond:

NB. The supporting website page (and registration) for the 2023 Smart Class in italics will go live in December, after its 2022 edition has taken place.


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Stay Safe, Feel Safe: The number of delegates at a Smart Class is usually capped at 50 and, despite the government’s lifting of restrictions, venues selected to host a Smart Class are required to operate a ‘Covid-Secure Standards Charter’ and to remain vigilant. We ask all delegates to ensure that they are fully vaccinated or have had a negative covid test within 48 hours of the event. Bottles of hand sanitiser are included on all tables and, if you prefer to wear a face covering, we’re continuing to provide full face-visor shields which you may find more comfortable than a face mask, especially during the roundtable discussions.

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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

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Brightly Software
ioki - a DB company
Project Centre
Trapeze Group

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