1st Annual (2019)

Regeneration and Transport Growth in the Midlands 2019

Thursday 14 November 2019


Registration and refreshments
Chair’s welcome and opening remarks
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
The arrival of HS2 as a catalyst for unlocking development
  • Latest updates and timelines for HS2
  • How to maintain nationwide and regional support for the project and highlighting how HS2 is influencing development across the region
  • Measuring the ongoing success of the project through consistent and collaborative engagement
  • Progress of new HS2 station developments and new location delivery - East Midlands HS2 Toton Station connectivity predictions 
Mike Lyons
Programme Director Area North
Morning refreshments
PANEL DISCUSSION: How to increase regional connectivity to aid regeneration
  • Improving communication across the wider region
  • Encouraging the links between East Midlands and West Midlands through improved road and rail connections
  • Does the Midlands need to work more on becoming a polycentric model?
  • Increased regional connectivity and its effect on local communities – how will this improve access to jobs and education
Will Mapplebeck
Strategic Communications and Public Affairs Manager
Core Cities UK
Andrew Pritchard
Director of Policy & Infrastructure; Principle Advisor
East Midlands Councils; Transport for the East Midlands
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
Birmingham City Council experience and perspective on development
  • Priorities for transport development
  • How local authorities work with transport bodies on large scale projects
  • What are the further regeneration opportunities in the area?
  • The impact of the clean air zone on local communities – what is the influence on changing transport methods and what can other local authorities learn from this progressive strategy?
Phil Edwards
Assistant Director for Transportation and Connectivity
Birmingham City Council
Networking lunch
PANEL DISCUSSION: Improving delivery of large infrastructure projects 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 - exploring the Leicester Ashton Green opportunity 
  • Future plans for new housing areas and smart transport development which will unlock economic growth
  • How to manage unprecedented levels of new infrastructure projects
Clare Hebbes
Head of Infrastructure – Development
Jon Sandford
National Lead on Infrastructure Planning
Homes England
Abigaile Bromfield
Director, Midlands Planning Leader
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
Programme Director
Nottinghamshire County Council
Case Study - The Constellation Partnership: Innovative transport-led housing and commercial investment opportunities
Mark Parkinson
Economic Development and Planning Policy Manager
Staffordshire County Council
Afternoon refreshments
How to best deliver joined up infrastructure and transport development
  • Planning routes
  • Aligning timelines
Importance of user satisfaction when planning and executing transport development and regeneration
  • The importance of user perspective in large projects and benefits of putting the user first
  • How to best communicate with users and the local community to understand their needs?
  • What new technology and data management methods are being used to enhance customer experience?
Chair’s closing remarks
Close of conference

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