1st Annual (2019)

Regeneration and Transport Growth in the Midlands 2019

Thursday 14 November 2019


Registration and refreshments
Chair’s welcome and opening remarks
Dominic Richardson
Legal Director
Gowling WLG
Opening Address: Transforming the Midlands through infrastructure investment
  • WMCA local industrial strategy - long term plans for productivity and economic growth
  • Timelines for current development projects
  • Budgeting for future infrastructure
  • What are the main priorities for the Midlands?
Simon Statham
Head of Technical Programmes
Midlands Connect
Progress with Commonwealth Games 2022 preparation and the next steps
  • Latest updates on the Commonwealth Games infrastructure
  • Maximising efficiency and productivity by learning how to deliver within the timeframes and budget
  • Updates on new Perry Bar public transport interchange project and the athletes village
  • How to maintain the modernisation legacy for the long term future


Sandeep Shingadia
Director of Development & Delivery
Transport for West Midlands
Morning refreshments
Transport Investment: Past, Present & Future
Andrew Pritchard
Director of Policy & Infrastructure; Principle Advisor
East Midlands Councils; Transport for the East Midlands
Investment and Funding – how to encourage and maximise investment in the Midlands
  • Best ways to attract private investment into transport oriented development
  • The importance of third party investment – regeneration around new stations and its wider influence
  • How big a part does devolution play in funding new projects?
  • Is the industry responding correctly to investment?
Ken Harrison
Director – Development Corporation Programme
Midlands Engine
Networking lunch
Reinventing Birmingham - how transport supports sustainable and inclusive economic growth
  • Priorities for transport as per the forthcoming Birmingham Transport Plan
  • Challenges and opportunities
  • A new vision for the city’s transport networks
  • Our transport ‘big moves’
Mel Jones
Head of Transport Planning and Network Strategy
Birmingham City Council
Cllr Waseem Zaffar MBE
Cabinet Member (Transport & Environment)
Birmingham City Council
PANEL DISCUSSION: Improving delivery of large infrastructure projects and regional connectivity through collaborative forward planning
  • Achieving aims without being disruptive on the transport network and local communities
  • Improving links with transport bodies investment programmes and new housing projects 
  • Future plans for new housing areas and smart transport development which will unlock economic growth
  • How to manage unprecedented levels of new infrastructure projects
Anna Evans
Programme Director
Abigaile Bromfield
Director, Midlands Planning Leader
Will Mapplebeck
Strategic Communications and Public Affairs Manager
Core Cities UK
Afternoon refreshments
Case Study - The Constellation Partnership: Innovative transport-led housing and commercial investment opportunities
Mark Parkinson
Economic Development and Planning Policy Manager
Staffordshire County Council
Midlands Metro expansion: Unlocking new areas and modernisation
  • Discovering the future metro expansion plans – how far will it reach and what is the main ambition?
  • How the metro expansion is aiding economic growth
  • The metro’s influence on mobility – helping maximise new housing opportunities
  • How the metro is shaping the smart city agenda and boosting advancements in environmental change
  • Enhancing the image of public transport to promote increased use and reduce road congestion
Alejandro Moreno
Midland Metro Alliance
Chair’s closing remarks
Close of conference

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