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Registration and networking
08:45  to  09:30
Chair’s welcome and opening remarks
09:30  to  09:40
Speaker:
Debbie Francis OBE. City Executive. Arcadis.
Panel discussion: What is the future of transport in the North and will the planned projects support predicted needs?
09:40  to  10:25
  • What transport infrastructure is needed to drive economic recovery and development in the region? 
  • Exploring future travel patterns: how, when, and where will passengers want to travel?
  • Update on the status of major transport projects planned and underway in the region 
     
Speakers:
David Sidebottom. Director. Transport Focus.
Andrew Hemmings. Secretary. CILT Rail Freight Forum.
Transport for the North (TfN) update: Devolution, decarbonisation, and updates on key programmes
10:25  to  10:50
  • Increasing devolution powers and what it means for sub-national transport bodies 
  • TfN’s Decarbonisation Strategy for the North of England: aims and actions
  • Latest details on key programmes: Northern Powerhouse Rail, Integrated and Smart Travel and Major Roads 
     
Speaker:
Martin Tugwell. Chief Executive. Transport for the North.
HS2: Delivering major rail infrastructure in the North and latest update on Phase 2A
10:50  to  11:15
  • Update on project: progress and timelines
  • Integration with existing infrastructure
Morning refreshments
11:15  to  11:45
Providing integrated and sustainable transport solutions in Leeds
11:45  to  12:10
  • Update on transport development in the city
  • How are projects being funded and delivered
  • How investment in transport has generated economic growth 
  • Increasing the sustainability of transport services 
Speaker:
Kate Morris. Head of Transport Planning. Leeds City Council.
Creating value for the North of England through National Highways’ investment programme
12:10  to  12:35
  • How major road schemes boost the North
  • Accelerating the regional investment programme 
  • National Highways' ambitious carbon net zero plan
Speaker:
Laura Gilmore. Programme Management Office Director, Regional Investment Programme. National Highways.
Rochdale case study: Unlocking brownfield sites for development and alternative approaches to funding
12:35  to  13:00
  • Latest progress, major challenges and how they were overcome 
  • Mixed funding streams – using both public and private investment  
Speakers:
Councillor John Blundell. Portfolio Holder for Economy and Communications. Rochdale Borough Council.
Mark Robinson. Assistant Director (Economy). Rochdale Borough Council.
Networking lunch
13:00  to  14:00
Redefining and revolutionising the relationship between transport and urban planning
14:00  to  14:25
  • How can transport and movement revitalise town centres in the North?
  • How can we balance different modes of transport to make them, and town centres, more equitable, sustainable, and safe?
  • Creating ‘Streets for All’ through urban planning 
Speaker:
Danny Crump. Director of Urbanism. Broadway Malyan.
Panel discussion: How can we fund transport and development projects that stimulate long-term economic growth and ‘level up’ the north?
14:25  to  15:10
  • What are the available funding options for new transport and development schemes? The ‘levelling up fund,’ LEPs and private investment
  • Best practice in delivering projects
  • Where in the North has increased connectivity created more economic and business opportunities and where is this approach needed next? 
Speakers:
Amy Harhoff. Corporate Director of Regeneration, Economy and Growth. Durham County Council.
Anna Heaton. Partner. Addleshaw Goddard.
Networking and afternoon break
15:10  to  15:40
Leveling up the North: exploring opportunities for investment and development
15:40  to  16:05
  • Key obstacles to development in the North and main areas of opportunity 
  • Attracting private investment 
  • Development opportunities for spaces near transport hubs: flexible offices, new housing, retail and leisure facilities
Panel discussion: How can we decarbonise transport and associated development in the North?
16:05  to  16:50
  • What infrastructure is needed to decarbonise transport services and provide sustainable, multimodal transport solutions in the North?
  • What does the Government’s recently published Transport Decarbonisation Plan mean for the region? (Rail, road and air strategies)
  • How to incentivise and decrease dependence on cars without isolating rural areas and communities: park and ride schemes, bus services and other initiatives 
Speakers:
Philip Meikle. Transport Strategy Director. Transport North East.
James Heath. Chief Executive. National Infrastructure Commission.
Charlotte Brown. Chief Commercial Officer. Port of Tyne.
Chair’s closing remarks
16:50  to  16:55
Close of conference and networking drinks
16:55  to  17:30

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