Virtual Conference

Transport and Regeneration in the Midlands

Wednesday 13 January 2021

Programme

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08:30
Networking
09:30
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?
09:40
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
10:00
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
10:40
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
11:00
Networking Break
11:30
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
12:10
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?
12:30
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
12:50
Break for lunch and networking
13:50
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
15:59
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
14:40
Break and networking
Part 3 – Updates on ongoing projects and insight on funding new infrastructure projects in the Midlands
14:50
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
15:10
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
15:30
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
VolkerFitzpatrick
16:10
Chair's closing remarks
16:20 - Close of conference and post networking

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