Successful Regional Transport 2016:
Making regional transport work

Macdonald Manchester
Hotel and Spa
10th November 2016



8.45 Registration and refreshments
9.50 - 10.00 Welcome and Introduction from the Chair Martin Tugwell, Programme Director, England’s Economic Heartland Strategic Alliance
10:00 - 10.35 Keynote Address: Making integrated transport work in the North David Brown, Chief Executive, Transport for the North (TfL)
10:35 - 10:55

Unlocking the potential of regional transport under devolution

  • The potential for transport under regional structures and devolution deals
  • The differences between sub-national transport bodies and devolution deals
  • Considering what the priorities for transport in the regions should be


Cathy Miller, Deputy Director, Cities Policy and Delivery, Department for Transport
10:55 - 11:20

A transport plan for Manchester: The 2040 vision

  • A 25-year transport strategy for Manchester
  • Managing a major consultation and developing the plan
  • How the strategy will help with Manchester’s devolution agenda
  • Making a success of regional transport


Nicola Kane, Interim Head of Strategic Planning & Research, Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM)
11:20 - 11:35 Morning refreshments
11:35 - 11:55

Achieving regional devolution: the opportunities to transform transport delivery through devolution across the Midlands

  • Planning for success with regional transport both at the city region and sub-national levels.
  • Supporting the delivery programme
  • Embracing intelligent mobility and the possibilities it will bring to a changing transport landscape
  • Eliminating red tape to facilitate greater efficiency
  • Bolstering the investment pipeline for the long-term
  • Developing the skills/capabilities available to deliver transport projects


Sandeep Shingadia, Head of Programme Development, Transport for West Midlands and Jonathan Foster-Clark, Senior Strategy Advisor, Atkins Global
11:55 - 12:20

Investment for the Heartland

  • Funding the transport element of devolution bids and subsequent regional transport delivery
  • Linking transport delivery to the economy and the social and economic benefits
  • Planning for delivery
  • The changing face of transport delivery
  • Measuring and achieving outcomes


Tony Ciaburro, Corporate Director of Place Commissioning, Northamptonshire County Council-part of the England’s Economic Heartland Strategic Alliance
12.20 - 13.15 Lunch and lunchtime learning sessions x 2: TBA
13:15 - 13:20 Afternoon Welcome from the Chair Martin Tugwell, Programme Director, England’s Economic Heartland Strategic Alliance
13:20 - 13:45

Small is important too: the role of the individual local authority in successful regional transport

  • The Liverpool City Region Devolution bid
  • The role of Halton Borough Council in making regional transport work in the Liverpool region


Mick Noone, Operational Director-Policy, Planning & Transportation, Halton Borough Council
13:45 - 14:15

Regional transport: a contractor's view

  • A contractor's view on the move towards regional transport and devolution
  • How to procure a devolution/regional transport delivery plan
  • Making delivery work across a region
  • A collaborative approach


Marie-Claude Hemming, Director of External Affairs, CECA and Bruce Donaldson, Operations Director, Highways and Bridges at WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff
14:15 - 14:35

The Buses Bill: what it means for regional transport

  • What will the Buses Bill mean for public transport within a regional and devolution agenda?
  • What are the challenges and opportunities around running bus services regionally?
  • How will public transport develop under regional transport strategies and devolution deals


Lianna Etkind, Public Transport Campaigner, Campaign for Better Transport
14:50 - 15:20 Afternoon Coffee Break
15:20 - 15:45 Lessons from the regional transport experience in the Republic of Ireland
  • Overview of national, regional and local structures
  • Scheme delivery and results
Derval Cummins, Director, AECOM
15:45 - 16:10

The importance of transport investment in the regions

  • The importance of regional transport investment and the development of transport investment programmes
  • Prioritising regional transport investment
  • Considering the economic benefits of connected transport using the rail network as an example.
  • Transport and the devolution agenda


Martin Revill, Associate Director, JMP Consultants
16:10 - 16:30 Session TBA Speaker TBA
16:30 - 16:35 Closing Remarks and Close of Conference   

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