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UK Light Rail Conference

Tuesday July 13, 2021 to Wednesday July 14, 2021

Reconfiguring urban transport to build a better future

We are delighted to announce the support of Tyne and Wear Passenger Transport Executive, Nexus and additional key supporters as the UK Light Rail Conference returns for 2021.

Held on July 13-14 this event marks the 15th running of this international congress and exhibition that brings together professionals from across the public transport sector to share experience and best practice.

At a time when the industry has never needed a greater requirement for continuity and stability, this two-day event includes insightful and interactive presentations and debates, top-level speakers, and a busy exhibition of leading suppliers and service providers.

As we move to the North-East, delegates will learn first-hand the lessons from the Tyne and Wear Metro’s major renewals programme, as well as insights into the next exciting phase of fleet replacement, infrastructure modernisation and expansion.

It is vitally important that we run events our delegates are confident to attend, scheduling them into fixed dates in the calendar, and evolving their location to make sure they are more relevant than ever.

The mood of the Conference in 2019 was summed up event chair Ian Brown CBE in his closing remarks on the second day, saying that the lively debate marked “a turning point for the industry. We’ve all got a lot to look forward to.”

The UK Light Rail Conference brings together the sector’s leading figures and key opinion-formers for two days of open and honest debate. Some of the those confirmed for 2021 include:

Cllr Martin Gannon: Leader of Gateshead Council and NECA Transport Lead
Baroness Vere of Norbiton: Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport
Tobyn Hughes: Managing Director, Transport North East
Tom Gifford: Head of Mass Transit, West Yorkshire Combined Authority
Ben Groome: Operations Director, Tram Operations Limited
Neil Blagburn: Metro Development Director, Nexus
Danny Vaughan: Head of Metrolink, Transport for Greater Manchester
Jane Cole: Managing Director, Blackpool Transport Services
Nicola Small: Very Light Rail Programme Manager, Coventry City Council
Stephen Luke: Light Rapid Transit Practice Leader, Mott MacDonald
Peter Cushing: Alliance Director, Midland Metro Alliance
Hervé Mazzoni: Light Rail Project Director, SYSTRA
Johan Haveland: CEO and Founder, Asistobe AS
Phil Hewitt: Executive Consultant, WSP Israel
Simon Coulthard: Head of Light Rail Knowledge & Development, Network Rail
Colin Robey: Chair, UKTram Centre of Excellence
Dr Stuart Thomson: Head of Public Affairs, BDB Pitmans
Mat Taylor: Director, CNNCT Consultancy
Chris Haworth: Project Director, Transport for West Midlands
Ian Rowe: Director, Ian Rowe Associates
Rob Leech: Project Director for Trams to Newhaven and Director of Anturas Consulting
Robert Armstrong: Senior Interface Manager, Trams to Newhaven, City of Edinburgh Council
Chris Wilson: Communications and Stakeholder Manager, Trams to Newhaven, City of Edinburgh Council

For Exhibition and sponsorship opportunities click here 

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

Request 2019 attendee list

Photos from the 2019 event


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