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08:30  to  09:30
Chair’s welcome and opening remarks
09:30  to  09:40
Jonathan Scott. Chair, East Midlands. Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport.
Midlands Connect: Latest update on transport projects aiming to fuel economic growth in the Midlands
09:40  to  10:00
  • Where are we now? The long term impact of COVID-19 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. Stakeholder Management Lead. Midlands Connect.
Panel discussion: The future of transport in the Midlands: responding to changing travel patterns and delivering infrastructure the region needs
10:00  to  11:00
  • 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? 
  • The East Midlands Freeport: what does this mean for transport in region?
  • Applying learnings from COVID-19 to drive future transport schemes in the Midlands
Mike Waters. Director of Policy, Strategy and Innovation. Transport for West Midlands.
Nigel Eggleton. Managing Director. First South Yorkshire and Midlands.
Carew Satchwell. Head of Strategic Planning North West and Central. Network Rail.
Elaine Clark. Chief Executive Officer. Rail Forum Midlands.
Networking and morning break
11:00  to  11:30
Project update: HS2: Delivering new major rail infrastructure
11:30  to  11:55
  • Latest timeline and developments – update on Phase 1
  • How is HS2 supporting a transition to a net-zero carbon UK?
  • Connecting HS2 with pre-existing infrastructure – the bus & metro networks 
Tom Wilne. Project Director, Stations. HS2.
Future of mobility – new technology and greener travel solutions
11:55  to  12:20
  • 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 methods?
Giles Perkins. Head of Future Mobility. WSP.
Project update: Delivering transport and building infrastructure for the Birmingham Commonwealth Games 2022
12:20  to  12:45
  • Latest developments – updates on building, managing the challenge of COVID-19
  • Legacy of the new infrastructure – plans for the spaces post 2022 
  • How will the Games lead to regeneration in Birmingham and the broader Midlands area?
Phil Edwards. Assistant Director, Transportation and Connectivity. Birmingham City Council.
Networking lunch
12:45  to  13:45
Panel discussion: Culture-led regeneration to achieve sustainable economic growth in the Midlands
13:45  to  14:30
  • 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 
  • Encouraging collaboration between transport projects and culture-led schemes to maximize regeneration in the Midlands
Symon Easton. Head of Cultural Development & Tourism. Birmingham City Council.
Erica Love. Director. Culture Central.
Chenine Bhathena. Creative Director. Coventry 2021.
Plans for road investment in the Midlands and project update: M42 Junction 6
14:30  to  14:50
  • 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 
Jason Hones. Regional Delivery Director – Midlands. Highways England.
Networking and afternoon break
14:50  to  15:20
Case Study: West Midlands e-scooter trial
15:20  to  15:40
  • Lessons learned 
  • Ensuring economic and environmental sustainability 
  • Will this be a permanent implementation? 
Councillor Ian Ward. Leader of the Council. Birmingham City Council.
Panel discussion: What does ‘Build Build Build’ mean for regeneration in the Midlands?
15:40  to  16:25
  • Impact of COVID-19 on the financing of new transport and housing projects – how do we build resilience into the system?
  • Reevaluating the business case for transport-led development projects 
  • How to meet net zero requirements when proposing and delivering new transport and housing developments 
David Whysall. Managing Director, UK Infrastructure. Turner & Townsend.
Mike Evans. Operations Director. VolkerFitzpatrick.
Chair’s closing remarks
16:25  to  16:30
Close of conference and networking
16:30  to  17:00

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