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Next steps for transport connectivity in the Midlands and North of England

Morning, Thursday, 9th May 2024


This conference will examine policy priorities and the future for the transport network in the Midlands and North of England.


It takes place following the Government's recent commitment of £4.7bn of reallocated HS2 funding to be used to improve local connections in the Midlands and the North through the new Local Transport Fund, part of Network North, which will operate from April 2025.


The conference will be an opportunity for key stakeholders and policymakers to consider how government proposals will impact transport connectivity in the Midlands and North, assessing their feasibility, delivery and budget targets. Discussion will also assess the future for devolution and regional transport, within the context of the new trailblazer devolution deals for Manchester and the West Midlands. Discussion will also assess Transport for the North’s Strategic Transport Plan and opportunities to support wider economic growth in the region.


Delegates will consider how the Local Transport Fund will operate as local authorities prepare to develop funding plans for April 2025, and how local authorities can be held to account to ensure that funding is used appropriately and the voices of local communities are heard when decisions about spending are made.


We are pleased to be able to include keynote sessions with: Jessica Matthew, Co-Director, Local Transport Directorate, Department for Transport; Andrew Jones, Transport Lead, National Infrastructure Commission; Anne Shaw, Executive Director, Transport for West Midlands; and Martin Tugwell, Chief Executive, Transport for the North.Sessions in the agenda include:

  • priorities: key issues for improving transport connectivity in the Midlands and North of England
  • implementation: realising the vision for Network North - implementing the Local Transport Fund - feasibility and delivery of proposals - identifying local needs - funding priorities
  • beyond HS2: the new landscape for connecting the Midlands and North and improving regional growth
  • devolution and transport policy: coordination at a local and regional level - contributing to wider levelling up and economic objectives - delivering decarbonisation and sustainable growth in economic productivity
  • longer term priorities for regional transport: plans in Greater Manchester - municipal bus ownership - decarbonising transport - alternative plans for improving connectivity and wider objectives
  • government policy: priorities for transport in the Midlands and North, levelling up and achieving economic growth

The conference will be an opportunity for stakeholders to consider the issues alongside key policy officials who are due to attend from Active Travel England; DfT; ORR; DESNZ; DLUHC; DWP; House of Commons Library; and the Welsh Government.



Keynote Speakers

Martin Tugwell

Chief Executive, Transport for the North

Anne Shaw

Executive Director, Transport for West Midlands

Jessica Matthew

Co-Director, Local Transport Directorate, Department for Transport

Keynote Speakers

Jessica Matthew

Co-Director, Local Transport Directorate, Department for Transport

Martin Tugwell

Chief Executive, Transport for the North

Anne Shaw

Executive Director, Transport for West Midlands

Andrew Jones

Transport Lead, National Infrastructure Commission

Chairs

Lord Shipley

Vice-Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group for City Regions Transport

Rt Hon Lord McLoughlin

Chair, Transport for the North; and former Secretary of State for Transport (2012-2016)

Speakers

David Leeder

Managing Partner, Transport Investment

David Sidebottom

Director, Transport Focus

Ian Baker

Director, Transport Planning Team, WSP