Virtual Conference

Transport and Regeneration in the Midlands

Wednesday 13 January 2021


Chair’s welcome and opening remarks
Part 1 – Priorities for transport in the Midlands – what development is required to fuel economic growth and respond to COVID-19 and Brexit impacts?
Midlands Connect: Updates on key transport projects aiming to fuel economic growth in the Midlands
  • Where are we now? Impact of COVID-19 and Governmental support on transport plans
  • Update on delivery of planned infrastructure projects: Midlands Rail Hub; A46; HS2; East Midlands Hub
  • How will these transport projects accelerate the region’s economic growth?
Sarah Spink
Strategic Partnerships Lead
Midlands Connect
Panel discussion: The future of transport in the Midlands: responding to changing travel patterns and delivering the infrastructure the region needs
  • The impacts of COVID-19 on different modes of transport: rail, road and air
  • What transport infrastructure is needed in the Midlands to support changes in travel patterns and aid regeneration in the region? Anticipating long term needs and impacts
  • Applying learnings from COVID-19 to drive future transport schemes in the Midlands
Clare James
Managing Director
East Midlands Airport
Gary Walsh
Route Director for East Midlands
Network Rail
Project update: HS2: Delivering new major rail infrastructure – latest update
  • Latest timeline and developments – update on Phase 1
  • Impact of COVID-19 and recession on project
  • Green credentials – how is HS2 supporting a transition to a net-zero carbon UK?
  • Connecting HS2 with pre-existing infrastructure – the bus & metro networks
Networking Break
Panel discussion: How can we ensure infrastructure projects are built in the current economic climate?
  • Evaluating Brexit’s impact on supply chains and workforces
  • Updates on tariffs, laws, taxes, and levies – what are the potential impacts of Brexit
  • The potential impact on investment and financing projects
Part 2 – Putting innovation and sustainability at the core of transport and regeneration projects
Future of mobility – new technology and greener travel solutions
  • Midlands Future Mobility – update on project progress
  • Preparing for 5G, Connected and Automated Mobility (CAM) technology, autonomous vehicles
  • How will these new technologies work alongside more traditional transport projects and methods?
Project update: Delivering transport and building infrastructure for the Birmingham Commonwealth Games 2022
  • Latest developments – updates on building, managing the challenge of COVID-19
  • Legacy of the new infrastructure: intentions for the spaces after the Games
  • How will the Commonwealth Games lead to regeneration in Birmingham and the broader Midlands area?


Phil Edwards
Assistant Director for Transportation and Connectivity
Birmingham City Council
Break for lunch and networking
Panel discussion: Culture-led regeneration to achieve sustainable economic growth in the Midlands
  • The validity of culturally focused approaches to regeneration in the Midlands
  • Innovative ways to fund cultural centres and activities in the Midlands
  • Ensuring the vibrancy of city centres in the Midlands post COVID-19 by investing in, and elevating cultural offerings
Will Mapplebeck
Strategic Communications and Public Affairs Manager
Core Cities UK
Case study: Coventry UK City of Culture 2021
  • Plans for the yearlong celebration and COVID-19’s impact on activities
  • What transport development has been required to cope with the predicted increase in passenger numbers?
  • Ways in which the award has, and will, aid regeneration in Coventry
Laura McMillan
Director of Operations & Legacy
Coventry City of Culture Trust
Break and networking
Part 3 – Updates on ongoing projects and insight on funding new infrastructure projects in the Midlands
Case Study: West Midlands e-scooter trial
  • Lessons learned
  • Ensuring cost efficiency
  • Will this be a permanent implementation?
Councillor Ian Ward
Leader of the Council
Birmingham City Council
Plans for road investment in the Midlands and project update: M42 junction 6
  • Project progress – latest timeline
  • Links with existing road network and improving access for cyclists and walkers
  • How the project is supporting economic growth in the area
Panel discussion: What does ‘Build Build Build’ mean for regeneration in the Midlands?
  • Impact of COVID-19 on the financing of new transport and housing projects – how do we build resilience into the system?
  • The business case for transport-led development projects
  • Meeting net zero requirements when proposing and delivering new transport and housing developments – what are the key environmental considerations?
Alexander Newport
Managing Director
Bradford Estates
David Whysall
Managing Director, UK Infrastructure
Turner & Townsend
Mike Evans
Project Director
Chair's closing remarks
16:20 - Close of conference and post networking

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