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UK Light Rail Conference

Tuesday September 8, 2020 to Wednesday September 9, 2020

Celebrating 15 years of industry growth



Since 2006, the UK Light Rail Conference has brought together participants from across the UK and around the world to share knowledge, experience and best practice in shaping the future of cities through investment in sustainable transport solutions.

This two-day congress showcases case studies of projects, products, initiatives and new technologies from around the world that are changing the way we think about urban mobility in the 21st Century.

Urban planning, climate change, alternative energy sources, finance, construction innovation, advanced materials and manufacturing processes, disruptive technologies, automation and the emergence of Smart Cities are all contributing to the way we think urban environments. Crucially, the growth in rail-borne solutions as a route to future-proofing cities now sits at the heart of many local and national policies around the world.

With parallel conference streams and around 50 interactive presentations and panel debates, the UK Light Rail Conference covers the latest developments in all these areas – as well as many more. With over eight hours of dedicated networking time, it also helps to form the relationships that are driving our sector forward.

The conference is also co-located with a busy exhibition from some of Europe’s leading transport product and service providers.

For 2020 we are delighted to welcome Baroness Vere of Norbiton, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport, as the event’s keynote speaker – outlining the UK’s commitment to sustainable travel and investment in key infrastructure to prepare the country for the future.


Joining Baroness Vere will be key decision-makers and influencers from across the sector, including:

Cllr Ian Brookfield:
Leader, City of Wolverhampton Council


Laura Shoaf: Managing Director, Transport for West Midlands
Cllr Lesley Macinnes: Transport & Environment Convener, City of Edinburgh Council
Stephen Edwards: Executive Director, SYPTE & Chair, Urban Transport Group
Alistair Gordon: CEO, Keolis UK & Ireland
Tom Gifford: Head of Mass Transit, West Yorkshire Combined Authority
Peter Cushing: Director, Midlands Metro Alliance
Neil Blagburn: Metro Development Director, Nexus
Nicola Small:
 Very Light Rail Programme Manager, Coventry City Council
Steve Berry OBE: Head of Light Rail and Cableways, Department for Transport
Danny Vaughan: Head of Metrolink, Transport for Greater Manchester
Ian Brown CBE: UKTram Centre of Excellence
Jackie Townsend: Managing Director, Tram Operations Limited
Johan Haveland: Director of Passenger Transportation, Bybanen
Jo Baker: Divisional Development Director, Mott MacDonald
Senan Moynihan: Projects and Contracts Manager, Transport Infrastructure Ireland
Lauri Kangas: Light Rail Planning & Design Specialist, Jokeri Light Rail Project
Chris Haworth: Head of Projects, Transport for West Midlands
Hannah Ross: Senior Responsible Officer, Trams to Newhaven, City of Edinburgh Council
Richard Briggs: Senior Project Engineer, Core Valley Lines Transformation, Transport for Wales
Phil Hewitt: Executive Consultant, WSP Israel
Simon Coulthard: Acting Head of Light Rail Knowledge & Development, Network Services, Network Rail
Mark Barry: Professor of Practice in Connectivity, Cardiff University
Mat Taylor: Director, CNNCT
Julian Mason: Director, Engineering Integration
Dr Stuart Thomson: Head of Public Affairs, BDB Pitmans
Simon Lomax: Inspector, Rail Accident Investigation Branch
Oliver Steele:  Economic Policy Manager, Mott MacDonald
Martin Fleetwood: Consultant, Addleshaw Goddard

….and many more

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Matt Johnston, Managing Director of event organiser Mainspring, commented: “Cities and city regions can’t rely on a ‘business as usual’ approach when it comes to mobility. The crucial role of technology as an enabler for growth is increasingly evident – in improving the passenger experience, as well as in how we plan, design, construct and operate both new and existing tramways and light rail systems.

“We are therefore delighted to welcome Baroness Vere at this exciting time. The UK Light Rail Conference is a vital platform for those seeking to contribute to the debate and help to grow the industry through knowledge and experience. The voice of the supply chain is also more relevant than ever as we all look to a bright future for rail-based mobility.”

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