TRANSPORT Smart Class, North of England 2023 Retrospectives Round-Up


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Back on May 25th we hosted TRANSPORT Smart Class, North of England 2023 at Nexus, Leeds. If you missed any of the subsequent presentation “Retrospectives”, here’s another opportunity to gain valuable insights from our Innovation Sponsors (UrbanThings, part of Paragon ID; Project Centre, part of Marston Holdings; Slingshot Simulations; Siemens Mobility and Padam Mobility) and Keynote Supporters (Transport for Greater Manchester/TfGM, Transport for the North/TfN, and the West Yorkshire Combined Authority/WYCA).

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. “Building the Bee Network”
  2. “The Road to MaaS – Promises, Challenges, and Future of Mobility as a Service”
  3. “Developing a New Transport Strategy for West Yorkshire”
  4. “How Digital Data and Technology Can Enhance the Traditional Design Process”
  5. “A Place-Based Digital Twin for Transport Decarbonisation and a Climate Resilient Network”
  6. “Delivering Place-Based and User-Centric Collaboration to Support More Connected Mobility Across the North”
  7. “Increasing the Adoption of MaaS in the UK Market”

*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, North of England 2023:

“As usual, an excellent event with thought provoking presentations!” – Principal Transport Officer, Lancashire County Council • “Having not long re-joined Transport for the North it was great to update wider industry on my work in developing a, now agreed, Connected Mobility Strategy for the North of England. Framed around the places context of the North, it’s all about delivering user centric outcomes that help people connect to the places that matter to them” – Connected Mobility Manager, Transport for the North • “This Smart Class experience was super valuable…please keep NCC updated with new meeting opportunities!” – Project Manager, Northumberland County Council • “The roundtables were really useful, was good to get perspectives on what was being discussed. Many thanks for another good event” – Senior Project Manager – Air Quality, Transport Decarbonisation, Fleet Transition, Net Zero, EV & Hydrogen in Transport, Leeds City Council • “Thanks, it was a great Smart Class!” – Project Lead in Transport Construction and Civil Schemes, West Yorkshire Combined Authority • “We’re delighted our Connected Mobility Manager could join this event to put forward our ideas for smarter more integrated travel across the North” – TfN Communications Team • “Very relevant to our case and all of the roundtables were equally good” – Public Transport Manager, Hull City Council • “Really informative! Thanks for the invite” –  Project Manager – Highways Development, Calderdale Council “Thanks for having me. It was great to get involved in the discussions” – Policy and Research Officer, Community Transport Association“All very good presentations. Thoroughly enjoyed the Bee line presentation and how the challenges are being addressed. I also found the DRT engagement really engaging in the sense that it presented alternative public transport services for deprived communities. I thoroughly enjoyed participating in the event. Well done to you and the team for the fantastic organisation” – Engineer – Active Travel Projects, Sustrans

“Incredibly informative for my work and very interesting discussion” – Consultant – Transport Decarbonisation, WSP “Good event. The Policy/Strategy Local Transport Plan material was very relevant to my work at present…and the potential of data collection and visualisation approach is very relevant to current challenges. All of the roundtables had value and went in several directions”Regional Director of Surface Transport – Yorkshire & North East, Integrated Transport Division, Mott MacDonald • “Thanks for organising. I truly enjoyed my time at the event, it was very useful” – Intelligent Mobility Engineer, Arup • “The event was extremely useful and well organised. I learned and met people in real life who I had previously only engaged with virtually. Please keep me up to date with future events” – Founder and Director, • “Thanks for putting on a great event” – Head of Northern Europe, Padam Mobility, Siemens Mobility Software Business Unit (Innovation Sponsor) • “Last week our sister company, Project Centre, supported yet another successful Transport Smart Class event in Leeds” – Marketing Team, Marston Holdings (Innovation Sponsor) • “Fantastic event! It was great meeting so many people on the roundtable sessions and getting to know about the amazing projects people are working on” – Regional Director – South, Project Centre, part of Marston Holdings (Innovation Sponsor) • “Thank you again for yesterday’s event – I think it went down very well and well done on getting such a high quality audience. The UrbanThings team was happy to be involved in this event” – Marketing Manager, UrbanThings, a Paragon ID company (Innovation Sponsor) • “Our thanks to Smart Classes for organising and facilitating an excellent and fun forum to discuss the challenges facing us in the mobility space!” – Founder & CEO, UrbanThings, a Paragon ID company (Innovation Sponsor)


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TRANSPORT Smart Class, North of England 2023

On May 25th 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.


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Project Centre
Slingshot Simulations

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