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Virtual Smart Transport Conference: Using data to unlock future travel needs

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Delegates tuning in to the Virtual Smart Transport Conference next week will gain access to best practice sessions from three key experts on how to use data to better plan future transport provisions.

The event takes place on June 8-9 and is free to attend, with registration open now.

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The breakout session will start with a presentation by Martin Tugwell, England’s Economic Heartland programme director, who will talk about the need for transport planners to better understand transport users and anticipate future need, and how this can be done through different data sets, not simply mobile phone data.

Tugwell says having the right data available and creating a "first- and last-mile toolkit" was a key part of the process for creating EEH's 2040 net zero strategy.

He said: “This transport strategy had to have the user at the heart of the work.

“What it’s done for the first time is to look at populations and to analyse how different Cambridge might be to, say, Northampton.

“That toolkit allows you to understand the different types of travel."

David Savage, associate vice president UK and Ireland at telematics and software as a service specialist Geotab, will then give an overview on how consumer behaviour is changing and how this will impact transport provisions in the future.

Savage will provide some lessons from how tech giants are already using data to influence behaviour.

Neil Peachey, Transport for London (TfL) senior business architect, will finish the session with a presentation on how his organisation is using data to help inform London's soon to launch e-scooter trials.

Data shared by the e-scooter operators that have won contracts for the trials in London will play a vital role in helping to shape the capital’s approach to micromobility and the UK's future policy on e-scooters.

Live Q&A

Following the presentations, all three speakers will be taking part in a live panel debate, giving delegates the chance to send questions their way.

There will be eight breakout sessions across the two days (including data and new mobility trends) that will pick up on the decarbonisation and Covid-19 themes.

The topics are: addressing urban air quality; place-based solutions to decarbonise transport; switching to electric; achieving modal shift; decarbonising freight; transport outside cities; data and new mobility trends; and universal and inclusive transport.

Smart Transport would like to thank its Headline Strategic Partners for their support with this virtual event including ABB, Centrica, DAF Trucks, Enterprise, FedEx, Geotab, LeasePlan, Liberty Charge, Macquarie, Raleigh, Renault and Worldline.

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Watch now: Connecting Policy To Solutions Virtual Conference 2021

Smart Transport Conference returned on June 8th & 9th, to facilitate pivotal discussions on the future of transport. 

The UK’s most senior public and private sector transport leaders discussed the impact of Covid-19, achieving the Government’s decarbonisation ambitions, the need for more efficient living and better health, and much more.

Keynote speakers included: 

Kwasi Kwarteng, secretary of state at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), who spoke on BEIS's approach to decarbonising transport, particularly the electrification of the vehicle industry

Keith Williams, co-author of the Williams-Shapps Plan for Rail, who spoke on rail’s role in integrated transport, decarbonisation and innovation.

Rachel Maclean, parliamentary under-secretary of state at the Department for Transport, who discussed the future of transport and its pivotal role in a ‘green recovery’ from the pandemic.


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