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On June 6th we hosted TRANSPORT Smart Class, North of England 2024 at The Stoller Hall, Manchester. This Smart Class provided a fresh take on how to deploy the latest digital technology-enabled solutions, data-driven strategies, policies and best practices to tackle transport and mobility challenges faced by city-regions of the Northern Powerhouse, and beyond, and deliver a transport system that will allow passengers and citizens across the North 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 “Download form” at the bottom of this page and we’ll give you complimentary access to the presentation video recordings and slides.

Our inspirational speakers included: Transport for the North’s (TfN) Strategy Director and Deputy Chief Executive, Katie Day; Transport for Greater Manchester’s (TfGM) Network Director Active Travel and CNO, Dr Richard Nickson; Rose McArthur, Director of Strategic Transport, Highways and Climate Change at Cheshire West and Chester Council; Lisa Grace (CMO) and Abby Meuli (R&D Project Manager) from Nemi Mobility Solutions; VivaCity’s Head of Growth and Partnerships, Flora McFarlane; and Slingshot Simulations’ CEO, Robert Harwood.

The Smart Class also featured thought provoking Q&As and engaging roundtable sessions hosted by the innovator teams which, in addition to the speakers, included the expert contributions of Giovanni Tokarski (Nemi), Carl Pittam and Finn Gemmell (VivaCity), and Steve Puetz (Slingshot). Further networking was facilitated over breakfast, drinks and a cooked lunch.

There was invaluable delegate input into these discussions on behalf of key stakeholders such as Avanti West Coast, First Bus, National Highways, Cheshire West and Chester Council, Kirklees Council, Liverpool City Council, Liverpool City Region Combined Authority (LCRCA), Macclesfield Town Council, Sheffield City Council, South Yorkshire Combined Mayoral Authority (SYCMA), Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council, Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM), Transport for the North (TfN), West Sussex County Council, ATCO (Association of Transport Coordinating Officers), Amey, Atkins Realis, Pell Frischmann, Project Centre, Steer, Waterman Aspen, and more!


Topic highlights included:

  • Taking a different approach to transport planning – Starting with people;
  • Transport inequalities and TRSE in the North of England;
  • Transport for the North’s commitment to confronting social exclusion and keeping communities connected;
  • Northern Transport Voices;
  • TfN’s second Strategic Transport Plan – A pan-regional transport strategy for the North;
  • 5 principles of the STP – Evidence led, User centric, Outcome-focused, Place based, Systems approach;
  • Public transport in rural and peri-urban areas – A benefits comparison of fixed-line public transport and demand responsive transport in low-demand areas;
  • A hybrid approach to DRT – Digitising and flexibilising the bus operator’s offering; 
  • Additional success factors for resource allocation, demand aggregation, enhanced user experience, passenger satisfaction and high social value;
  • DRT pilots and case studies – Insights from Spain; 
  • Developing and delivering Greater Manchester’s Active Travel Programme; 
  • Building the Bee Network – A fully-integrated transport network (bus, tram, walking, wheeling, cycling, rail to follow) with active travel “the glue”;
  • Combining infrastructure, services, innovation, policy, community and behavioural change to support the Bee Network Vision and achieve significant modal change; 
  • GM’s Vision Zero Strategy and Vision Zero Action Plan – Working towards zero road deaths;     
  • GM’s bold active travel visions becoming reality – Stockport Interchange, Chorlton and Brooks Bar case studies;
  • How does TfGM’s ‘movement for movement’ underpin their approach to healthy active lives?

  • The Network Effect – Using accurate, multimodal data, and implementing data-sharing and multi-site data collection practices to help local authorities achieve their vision zero and net zero goals;
  • Why do traditional traffic monitoring methods and legacy equipment for data collection offer a limited understanding of road user behaviour and how the transport network is being used?
  • AI-powered computer vision sensors – Enabling a holistic view of the network with monitoring that adapts to changing transport environments and travel patterns;
  • Real-time network insights, traffic counts and journey times – Nottingham City Council case study; 
  • West Yorkshire Combined Authority network performance monitoring case study – Deployment across the region for town centre funding; 
  • Manchester City Council active travel and VRUs case study – Consistent data standards in Greater Manchester and impactful active neighbourhood schemes;        
  • Cycle counter replacement scheme case study – Liverpool City Council/Liverpool City Region Combined Authority;
  • Transport for West Midlands road-safety insights case study – Facilitating pre-emptive road danger reduction;
  • Leeds City Council signal control case study – Using data to meet network needs;
  • Cheshire West and Cheshire Council’s strategic transport vision and ongoing development of a new Local Transport Plan;  
  • Finding the catalyst for change in a car first borough; 
  • Making friends and influencing people – The power of demand management and behaviour change in lowering carbon, and managing our networks and assets; 
  • Using the behavioural change principles of ‘EAST’; 
  • What makes for great TBC design and delivery?
  • Bringing Olympics TDM thinking to Cheshire West and Chester; 

  • Place-Based Decision Intelligence Technology – Digital solutions combining data, models and simulations, analytics, digital twins, AI and machine learning; 
  • Potential of PBDI as an emerging concept to deliver a system level perspective of transport strategies in the context of decarbonisation, energy, climate, air quality, regeneration, socio-economics and more; 
  • Critical barriers to adopting data-based decision making – How do we address these challenges?
  • Real World PBDI Case Studies:
  • Sunderland City Council – Integrated transport, carbon and regeneration planning;
  • Greater South East Net Zero Hub and Essex County Council – Mobility hub techno-economic feasibility assessment tool; 
  • West Yorkshire Combined Authority – Bus performance assessment toolkit; 
  • Department for Transport – Network climate resilience assessment 

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, programme managers 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; non-governmental organisations; fleet operators, parking operators, prime contractors etc.

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TRANSPORT Smart Class, North of England 2024

On June 6th we will be casting a spotlight over the North of England, hosting our speakers discussions on how the latest digital innovations, strategies and best practices can help overcome the transport and mobility challenges faced by city-regions of the Northern Powerhouse and beyond.


   Manchester, UK

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Slingshot Simulations
Vivacity Labs

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