TO BE PUBLISHED July 2020
***Full-scale policy conference taking place online***
This conference will examine the future of transport in the North of England.
- Assessing the devolution of transport powers to the North of England;
- Next steps for combined authorities - utilising transport powers, investing in infrastructure and creating a sustainable transport network;
- Priorities for northern transport - funding arrangements, project delivery and improving passenger experiences;
- Increasing regional connectivity - creating capacity on the transport network, supporting regional growth, and upgrading infrastructure:
- Developing international connectivity across the North of England - increasing transport links to major airports and driving regional growth;
- Investment in the strategic road network and responding to increased road traffic demand;
- Upgrading the North’s rail infrastructure - the Great North Rail Project; and
- The future of High Speed 2, and implications for the wider transport network and services.
- The future of Northern Powerhouse Rail.
Areas for discussion:
- The COVID-19 epidemic - we expect discussion on its impact on transport services and their operators and services, and on policy and programmes going forward, including:
- changes that may be needed as the response to the crisis develops, and
- the support that could be required.
- Improving transport in the North of England, looking at key issues including:
- the role of devolved bodies - including Combined Authorities and sub-national transport bodies,
- delivery of new infrastructure and - assessing plans that will have the most impact on tackling congestion in the network and driving growth, and
- the operation of an integrated and sustainable transport network.
- Devolution, looking at the opportunities it brings in transport, with:
- Combined Authorities - such as the Liverpool City Region and Greater Manchester both utilising their new powers to introduce a new bus franchise model, and
- Prospects for increased regional responsibilities - the announced White Paper on English devolution, and a commitment to increase the powers and investment available to regions.
- Roads - priorities for improving the North’s strategic network.
- Rail services across the North of England, looking at:
- future operations and how to improve services and passenger experiences, and
- implications of the Oakervee review, the Integrated Rail Plan, and commitments on HS2 for future rail infrastructure in the North.
Developments that are relevant to the discussion:
- Focus in the Budget on infrastructure investment in projects like rail and road, to help increase productivity across the whole country; and
- The eight combined mayoral authorities being given a £4.2bn five year funding settlement, in addition to the Transforming Cities fund, to help cities improve their transport networks.
- The Government’s Road Investment Strategy 2 being published which sets out future investment priorities for Highways England;
- The strategic studies on the Trans-Pennine Tunnel, Northern Trans-Pennine and Manchester north-west quadrant projects; and
- The bid submitted by Transport for the North to the National Roads Fund.
Buses and cycling
Policy officials attending:
Our forums are known for attracting strong interest from policymakers and stakeholders.
It’s certainly the case with this one. Places have been reserved by officials from the Department for Transport; MHCLG; BEIS; the Cabinet Office; the Department for International Trade; HM Revenue & Customs; Homes England; the National Audit Office; the National Infrastructure Commission; the Office of Rail and Road and Transport Scotland.
This is a full-scale conference taking place online***
- full, four-hour programme including comfort breaks - you’ll also get a full recording to refer back to
- information-rich discussion involving key policymakers and stakeholders
- conference materials provided in advance, including speaker biographies
- speakers presenting via webcam, accompanied by slides if they wish, using the Cisco WebEx professional online conference platform (easy for delegates - we’ll provide full details)
- opportunities for live delegate questions and comments with all speakers
- a recording of the addresses, all slides cleared by speakers, and further materials, is made available to all delegates afterwards as a permanent record of the proceedings
- delegates are able to add their own written comments and articles following the conference, to be distributed to all attendees and more widely
- networking too - there will be opportunities for delegates to e-meet and interact - we’ll tell you how!
Full information and guidance on how to take part will be sent to delegates before the conference
Price: £95 PLUS VAT
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