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2nd Annual Scottish Transport Conference 2015: A faster, smarter, safer, stronger future

Tue 28th Apr 2015

, Surgeons' Hall

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It is an exciting time for Scottish transport with many significant developments under way or imminent.

With a new franchise operator selected for Scottish rail, a tender under way for ferry services, Edinburgh trams up and running, a range of road development projects, the Borders rail line due for completion in Summer 2015 and Aberdeen and Glasgow Airports up for sale there is a lot of transport activity to look forward to.

This conference aims to provide a platform for all stakeholders in Scottish transport and related industries to discuss four broad themes in relation to all transport modes:

  • Transport and smart city regions - Innovation, low carbon and connected Scotland
  • Transport and passenger/freight growth - Safe, reliable, competitive services and systems
  • Transport and a strong economy - Jobs, skills and economic development
  • Transport and investment - Projects, growth and infrastructure

Some of the subjects being covered include:

  • Transport as the catalyst for growth in Scotland
  • Developing safe, reliable and resilient transport systems 
  • Investing in people- jobs, skills and training supporting growth
  • Innovating to create smart transport City Regions
  • Urban transport infrastructure 
  • Promoting connectivity to support business growth
  • Can we have transport integrated for competitiveness, social inclusion and low carbon?


Derek Mackay MSP

Minister for Transport and Islands, Scottish Government


Joan Aitken Traffic Commissioner for Scotland, Traffic Commissioners for Great Britain

Jeff Hoogesteger Chief Executive Officer, Abellio Group

Martin Dorchester CEO, David MacBrayne Group

John Curtis Managing Director, That Friday Feeling

Matthew Eastwood Car Club Development Manager (Scotland), Car Plus

John Forteith Manager, Forteith Foodservice

Katie McLellan Principal Consultant, Grant Thornton

Gordon Robertson Director of Communications, Edinburgh Airport

Andy Sparkes Commercial Director, Virgin Trains East Coast

Margaret Simpson Country Manager Scotland, Freight Transport Association

Dr Paul Zanelli Chief Technical Officer, Transport Systems Catapult

Sue Zielinski Managing Director - SMART, University of Michigan

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"Well focused and relevant papers" "Good - wider-ranging than many similar events" "...a strong sense of purpose - there is a need to reconvene to keep up the momentum, which was a key outcome"

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