Local Authorities take centre stage at TTF Conference

The Transport Technology Forum’s annual conference in Leeds will feature attendees from a record number of local authorities across England, more than 50 authorities already taking advantage of fully-funded places at the event.

The conference takes place at the City Centre Hilton Hotel on 26th and 27th April with a networking event on the evening of the 25th.  It brings together national governments, local authorities, suppliers and academia to explain government policy and showcase best practice and innovation in the use of technology in road transport.  This allows local authorities to better understand technological solutions to deliver improved local highway services.

Places for local authority delegates are fully funded, including accommodation, catering and conference attendance, thanks to sponsorship from the private sector.  Clearview Intelligence is the main conference sponsor, while Yunex Traffic are networking sponsor and several other suppliers are exhibiting.

With more than a month to go, 55 local authorities, and more than 160 people in total, have already committed to sending attendees.  These range from regional transport bodies such as Liverpool City Region and Transport for Greater Manchester to counties from Norfolk to Somerset, and unitary authorities such as Bracknell Forest and Bolton.  The conference will be welcoming attendees from a number of London boroughs and Scottish local government together with representatives of the four UK national governments.

As well as attending, local authorities have prominent speaking roles in the event with presenters from Transport for Greater Manchester, Coventry, West England Combined Authority, Oxfordshire County Council and Portsmouth City Council.  Meanwhile, the Department for Transport’s Head of Traffic Management Digital Services, Paul Chandler, will update the audience on the vital issue of digitising Traffic Management Orders and Deputy Director, Traffic & Technology, Anthony Ferguson (pictured) will talk about the policy and funding landscape ahead.  Funding will be a key topic of conversation with Innovate UK updating the conference on several key funding programmes.

Specific areas of interest are covered on the first day of the event, with the six TTF Working Groups all presenting updates.  These cover connected vehicles, Mobility as a Service, electric vehicle charging infrastructure, open data, Urban Traffic Management and Control (UTMC) and smart parking.

Each local authority has been contacted with details of the event and how to register an interest for one of the fully funded places available.  For the supply chain, sponsorship and exhibitor packages are still available which include a chance to present thought leadership or a case study. For more information, please contact TTF at [email protected]

The Transport Technology Forum is supported by the Department for Transport and Innovate UK, and delivered by the Local Council Roads Innovation Group (LCRIG).

Local authorities who have already signed up to send a representative to Leeds are:

Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council

Birmingham City Council

Blackburn with Darwen Council

Blackpool Council

Bolton Council

Bracknell Forest Borough Council

Brighton and Hove City Council

Buckinghamshire County Council

Calderdale Council

Cambridgeshire County Council

City of York Council

Coventry City Council

Cumberland County Council / Westmorland County Council 

Derbyshire County Council

East Sussex County Council

Gateshead Metropolitan Borough Council

Halton Borough Council

Hampshire County Council

Hull City Council

Kent County Council

Kirklees Council

Lancashire County Council

Leeds Council

Leicestershire County Council

Middlesbrough Council

Newcastle City Council

Norfolk County Council

Nottingham City Council

Oxfordshire County Council

Peterborough City Council

Plymouth Council

Portsmouth City Council

Reading Council

Rotherham MBC

Sefton Council

Somerset Council

Southampton City Council

Staffordshire County Council

Stockport Council

Stoke-on-Trent Council

Surrey County Council

Telford & Wrekin Council

Wakefield Council

Warwickshire County Council

West Northamptonshire Council

West Sussex County Council

Wolverhampton City Council

Worcestershire County Council

Liverpool City Region Combined Authority

Tees Valley Combined Authority

Transport for Greater Manchester

West Yorkshire Combined Authority

London Borough of Hounslow

London Borough of Newham

Perth and Kinross Council

Other government bodies represented are:

Innovate UK

National Highways

UK Export Finance

Department for Transport

Transport Infrastructure Ireland

Welsh Government

Transport Scotland

Department for Infrastructure Northern Ireland

(Picture – Anthony Ferguson at the TTF Conference 2022 in Liverpool)


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