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UK Light Rail Conference

Tuesday November 24, 2020 to Wednesday November 25, 2020

Reconfiguring urban transport to build a better future

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.

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, 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.

This year has demonstrated both the very best in our industry, and exposed some of its weaknesses. Key discussion points and debates for our 2020 event will therefore include many of the financial and operational challenges associated with maintain safe and efficient services in a pandemic environment.

With parallel conference streams, virtual attendance options 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 networking time for the physical event, it also helps to form the relationships that are driving our sector forward.

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 – contact us for latest schedule updates

Matt Johnston, Managing Director of event organiser Mainspring, commented: “This year has seen extraordinary changes in the way that public transport serves our societies and in the way that we do business. As we seek to rebuild local, regional and national economies, and restore the confidence of passengers and stakeholders alike, 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. This event has therefore never been more relevant as a crucial platform for those seeking to contribute to the debate and help to grow the industry through knowledge and experience.

“We have spent the past few months working with event organisers, venues and suppliers across the sector to develop and input into safe events and look forward to welcoming you all in November.”

Some of the measures we are working to include:

  • Social distancing in line with national and local guidelines
  • Enhanced hygiene and sanitisation regimes for all key touchpoints
  • Staggered and extended entry and event timings for all staff and exhibitors
  • Online and digital registration processes to reduce the need for physical ticketing
  • Updated security protocols for delegate and exhibitor access
  • The use of face coverings and other PPE as mandated by national guidelines
  • Revised catering and refreshment sessions
  • Virtual attendance options for some events and event sessions


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Register your interest by contacting us on +44 (0)1733 367600 or by emailing

For a comprehensive report on the 2019 event from our media partner Tramways & Urban Transit click here

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Photos from the 2019 event


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