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Public transport, active travel, rail, and roads are all on the agenda at Place North West's Transport + Infrastructure conference. Credit: Zohaib Alam on Unsplash

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The future of transport is rapidly changing. Stay ahead of the curve by attending Transport + Infrastructure, where business leaders will gather to explore what’s next for this crucial sector.

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Transport is a major economic driver and at the core of any community’s plans for growth. Getting it right is crucial.

But the old playbook for how to approach these projects – and how to make the most out of the opportunities they create – is changing, with renewed focuses on active travel and public transport, changing government policies, and technological advances.

So what does all this mean for the developers, planners, engineers, policymakers, and everyday citizens of today?

At Transport + Infrastructure, we’ll be digging into the current transport situation, strategic visions for the future, and the real-world obstacles and opportunities when it comes to delivering these schemes.

Transport + Infrastructure will be held on 25 January at Manchester Hall (36 Bridge Street). This half-day conference begins at 8am and is sponsored by Waterman and Mills & Reeve.

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Expect a series of dynamic panel discussions as well as the networking opportunities we know are important for your business. In addition to the pre-panel breakfast, you can also expect breaks in between sessions and a post-panel lunch.

What you’ll take away from the conference

  • Insight into how infrastructure is changing to adapt to future needs and priorities
  • Knowledge regarding how development is responding to transport policy, and vice versa
  • An understanding of what changes to transport infrastructure are coming down the pipeline
  • New contacts for your business

Confirmed speakers

Andy Burnham FOR AN EVENT, p Greater Manchester Combined AuthorityAndy Burnham is the Mayor of Greater Manchester. Under his leadership, Greater Manchester took back control of its buses and introduced the Bee Network, a public transport network that controls the trams, buses, and bikes and seeks to improve the walking and cycling infrastructure in the region.

Mark OsborneMark Osborne is the regional growth manager at Avanti West Coast. More than 26m passenger journeys took place using Avanti West Coast trains last year. The train operator connects travellers between the North West and London, and stops in Liverpool, Manchester, Birmingham, Edinburgh, and Glasgow, as well as the capital city. Osborne’s background is in transport planning and local authorities, with a resume including roles at St Helens Council, Mott MacDonald, and Wirral Council. He will bring his insight as a planner working for one of the largest rail operators in the country to discuss the current state of transport infrastructure and what’s next.

Darren Oldham (x)Darren Oldham is the rail and road director and deputy chief executive of Transport for the North. Transport for the North brings together local authorities, Network Rail, National Highways, and other business leaders to both provide a strategic vision and advocate for transport infrastructure investment in the North. Oldham has more than 30 years of experience in planning and regeneration and will be using this experience to weigh in on what the future holds for the North and what this will mean for the development sector.

James Lancaster (x)James Lancaster is the head of EU mobility innovation, policy and partnerships at Enterprise Mobility and the chairman of the Urban Mobility Partnership. Lancaster works alongside local governments, transport authorities, and the private sector to develop new strategies and services to transform the way we get from point A to point B. As head of European mobility innovation at one of the world’s largest mobility services companies, he has his finger on the pulse of the changes coming to the sector. In his role at Urban Mobility Partnership, Lancaster leans into the policy side of things and has explored ways to change the commuting experience as well as clean air zones.

Melissa Wilson (x)

Mel Wilson is a director of regional development advisory at Deloitte.  Wilson will bring her 15+ years of regeneration project delivery experience to our conference to debate what developing in a post-HS2 world looks like, what opportunities remain, and what needs to be done to encourage growth in the North.

Richard White

Richard White is an associate director at Waterman. Waterman provides multidisciplinary advice on a variety of infrastructure projects, including highways, rail, aviation, and commercial development. Waterman approaches projects with a sustainability lens, focused on helping communities reach net zero and be climate resilient.

Julian Stott (x)

Julian Stott is a development director at Muse. Placemaker Muse is active throughout the North West, helping regenerate communities in Lancashire, Cheshire, and Greater Manchester. Stott has been leading the team’s Basford East logistics scheme in Crewe and will weigh in on the impacts of transport on development – and what the loss of HS2 has meant for the area.

Nicola Kane (x)

Nicola Kane is a director at Steer. Kane is one of the leading transport strategists in the North West, having previously been head of strategic planning, insight, and innovation at Transport for Greater Manchester. While at TfGM she developed Greater Manchester’s transport strategy for 2040. Steer is an award-winning global consultancy known for its technical and planning expertise in transport and infrastructure.

Emma Antrobus (x)

Emma Antrobus is the North West director for the Institution of Civil Engineers. ICE boasts a membership of 95,000 engineers from across the globe and regularly provides advice to policymakers on how best to build, maintain, and adapt infrastructure. As ICE’s North West director, Antrobus will discuss the current situation facing today’s infrastructure and what needs to be done to help the UK scale up its ability to deliver major schemes.

Nick Helm is a partner at Mills & Reeve. Helm has more than 20 years of experience in providing legal advice for infrastructure and energy projects, especially when it comes to how to procure, deliver, and manage major schemes.

Mark Robinson (x)

Mark Robinson is the director of economy and place at Rochdale Council. Regeneration, housing, transport, and placemaking all fall under his remit. He is currently working alongside public and private sector partners to deliver the council’s ambitious transit-oriented development projects, including the Rochdale Rail Corridor and Atom Valley Mayoral Development Zone.

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