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ONLINE CONFERENCE 6th Annual Scottish Transport Conference: Sustainable and Smart, Joined-Up and Inclusive, Fit for Purpose and Reliable

Thu 14th Jan 2021

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The 6th Annual Scottish Transport Conference examines how Scottish transport can meet four core challenges:

  • What is needed to protect and secure transport services and systems through coronavirus?
  • How do we promote transport that is smart, supports growth and meets the severity of climate change?
  • Which projects and policies are required to build a transport system that is joined-up, inclusive and comprehensive?
  • What is needed to ensure Scotland's transport is reliable, safe and fit for purpose - now and in the future?

All transport stakeholders - operators, users, policy makers and those in the transport supply chain – are both threatened by ongoing pandemic and have roles to play in addressing each of the challenges facing transport. This year's conference invites our speakers to offer insight into how their sector should play its role in meeting each aspect of these challenges to both survive and achieve collective change.

The 6th Annual Scottish Transport Conference takes place in January 2021 against a backdrop of global public health emergency, constitutional change, climate protest and capital investment commitment. These have emerged, respectively, from the coronavirus pandemic, the 'Game of Brexit' saga, the outbreak of Extinction Rebellion protests and the determination of the Scottish Government to dramatically increase spending on capital investment focused on growth related projects:
"...we are setting out a national infrastructure mission, with increased investment of about £7 billion in Scottish infrastructure by 2025-26." Michael Matheson MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity, Scottish Government

Taken together with the development of National Planning Framework 4 and the work of the Scottish Infrastructure Commission, the Scottish Government's capital investment commitment heralds new developments in major transport projects. Against the background of these wider policy drivers, the National Transport Review and the Strategic Transport Projects Review frame Scotland's transport policy vision.

In a landscape of acute uncertainty, change and challenge, what is the way forward for Scottish transport?

Benefits of Attending

Participate in the discussion at this conference as it asks how every stakeholder can help Scotland reach the destination of a transport system that:

  • survives the threat of coronavirus to transport operators, services and systems
  • develops digital/data/AI smart services via early innovation
  • delivers growth and sustainable economic strength
  • tackles climate change, lowers emissions and maximises clean energy
  • provides joined-up multi modal connectivity
  • enables affordable, inclusive access for every community and person
  • creates a comprehensive system for all of Scotland's geography
  • ensures consistently high reliability in all services
  • achieves the highest standards of safety for passengers and goods
  • acquires the flexibility to be fit for purpose now and able to evolve in future as demand, climate, technology and innovation drive change

Who should attend?

This conference will be relevant for anyone involved in the planning, building, maintenance or delivery of transport infrastructure in Scotland. This includes transport operators in rail, bus, road, aviation and maritime industries, engineering and infrastructure companies, regulators, transport lawyers, academics and managers, project managers and professional advisors, smart mobility and data specialists, those working in transport systems and services supply, transport companies and bodies, partners in the transport supply chain, systems associated with transport and services and transport representative bodies.


Helen Wylde

Managing Director, East Coast Trains

Michael Matheson MSP

Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity, Scottish Government

Tony Rose

Infrastructure Strategy Director, Scottish Futures Trust

Lorna Pimlott

Lorna Pimlott, Phase 2 Sponsorship Director, High Speed Two (HS2) Ltd

Robert Samson

Senior Stakeholder Manager, Transport Focus

Ben Garratt

Head of Stakeholder Engagement, LNER

Ralph Roberts

CEO - McGill's, Chair - CPT Scotland, Chair - Traveline Scotland, Chair - Scottish Smart & Integrated Ticketing Steering Group

Henry Tse

Director of New Mobility Technologies, Connected Places Catapult

Georgina Box

Systems Engineer, Connected Places Catapult

Simon Tricker

Co-Founder and CDO, Urban Tide

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Interesting and informative.

John Keenan, Construction Industry Training Board,
Scottish Capital Investment and Infrastructure