Registration and networking
08:45  to  09:30
Chair’s welcome and opening remarks
09:30  to  09:40
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 
Andrew Hemmings. Secretary. CILT Rail Freight Forum.
Justin Moss. Chair. RIA North.
Helen Ellerton. Head of Transport Policy. West Yorkshire Combined Authority.
Martin Tugwell. Chief Executive. Transport for the North.
Transport for the North (TfN) update: Devolution, decarbonisation, and updates on key programmes
10:25  to  10:55
  • 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 
Martin Tugwell. Chief Executive. Transport for the North.
Morning refreshments
10:55  to  11:25
Providing integrated and sustainable transport solutions in Leeds
11:25  to  11:50
  • 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 
Kate Morris. Head of Transport Planning. Leeds City Council.
Creating value for the North of England through National Highways’ investment programme
11:50  to  12:15
  • How major road schemes boost the North
  • Accelerating the regional investment programme 
  • National Highways' ambitious carbon net zero plan
Emma White. Project Director Tees Crossing. National Highways.
Rochdale case study: Unlocking brownfield sites for development and alternative approaches to funding
12:15  to  12:45
  • Latest progress, major challenges and how they were overcome 
  • Mixed funding streams – using both public and private investment  
Mark Robinson. Assistant Director (Economy). Rochdale Borough Council.
Networking lunch
12:45  to  13:45
Redefining and revolutionising the relationship between transport and urban planning
13:45  to  14:10
  • 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 
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?
14:10  to  15:00
  • 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? 
Amy Harhoff. Corporate Director of Regeneration, Economy and Growth. Durham County Council.
Anna Heaton. Partner. Addleshaw Goddard.
Mark Osborne. Regional Growth Manager. Avanti West Coast.
Networking and afternoon break
15:00  to  15:30
Panel discussion: How can we decarbonise transport and associated development in the North?
15:30  to  16:15
  • 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 
Philip Meikle. Transport Strategy Director. Transport North East.
James Heath. Chief Executive. National Infrastructure Commission.
Chair’s closing remarks
16:15  to  16:20
Close of conference and networking drinks
16:20  to  17:00

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