Innovate UK’s Louise Mothersole will present a vision of the UK’s transport system in 2050 at the Smart Transport Conference in London on November 30.
The conference, which takes place at etc.venues County Hall, will bring together senior public policy makers and influential private sector leaders from across the UK’s transport sector in one of the first in-person events post-COP26.
Mothersole, who has worked at the forefront of innovation for more than 30 years, including roles at the Ministry of Defence and the Department for Transport, will outline the UK innovation agency’s recently published UK Transport Vision 2050.
The research looks at the changes, challenges and opportunities that will confront the transport sector over the next 30 years.
Mothersole will assess the UK’s current position, and how this compares to other countries, and the steps that need to be taken to achieve the vision.
Funding of innovation projects will be critical to success and Mothersole, whose role as the UK national contact point for mobility for Horizon Europe – the European Commission’s research and innovation framework programme for 2021-2027, which has a budget of €95.5 billion (£82bn) - will advise on finance routes available to UK transport businesses.
Following her presentation, Mothersole will be taking part in Q&A debate, alongside Dr Nik Johnson, mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority and Polly Billington, director, UK100, who will also be speaking in the afternoon plenary session.
The one-day conference, which is being chaired by Smart Transport chair Stephen Joseph, will play host to more than 30 speakers, with eight breakout sessions on key industry topics:
- Decarbonising freight and logistics: solutions for today and tomorrow
- Funding requirements for a viable local transport plan
- E-scooters: a micromobility solution?
- Building a fit for purpose charging infrastructure
- Travel planning for changing commuting, business and leisure habits
- Technology and innovation
- Winning public hearts and minds for low carbon urban travel choices
- The evolution of vehicles and roads as a zero-emission solution
Smart Transport would like to thank its headline strategic partners for their support with this event including ABB, CNG Fuels, Daf Trucks, Enterprise, FedEx Express, Geotab, Ginger, LeasePlan, Liberty Global, Macquarie, Padam Mobility, Renault and Worldline.