4TH JULY 2019

One Snowhill, Birmingham, B4 6GH


How Transport is Going to Drive Economic Growth in the Midlands

Our one day Summit on 4 July 2019 will bring together the key politicians and practitioners to discuss and debate the future transport strategy in the Midlands

The Midlands currently has one of the fastest growing economies in Europe. However, with an array of transport investments on the horizon there is potential for even more economic growth in the region.

HS2 is playing a vital role in revitalising the country – this is why the regional bodies across the Midlands will develop their own strategies to maximise HS2's potential in their respective areas.There will also be a focus on the Midlands Rail Hub, a 20 year-rail strategy which will support an extra £649 million of economic growth and investment annually by enabling faster and more frequent journeys across the Midlands and spreading easy access to HS2 services.

 Tackling air quality is high on the agenda for many cities across the Midlands. Buses are an integral part of the solution to Clean Air Zones, rather than a problem and therefore this session will allow key figures to disseminate how to put buses at the heart of air quality.

Other topics to be discussed at the conference include: future proofing and making the most of the road network, mobility as a service (MaaS) and autonomous vehicles. 

The Midlands' airports handle over 15 million passengers every year, and the region's manufacturing and professional services sectors rely on efficient international air travel connections to link suppliers, customers and colleagues around the world. Our final session will focus on the importance of international connectivity to the Midlands economy.



  • Maria Machancoses

    Midlands Engine
  • Laura Shoaf

    Managing Director
    Transport for West Midlands


  • Prof. David Begg (Session Chair)

    Chief Executive
    Transport Times
  • Ed Thomas (Session Chair)

    Partner, UK Head of Transport
  • Sarah Owen-Vandersluis (Session Chair)

    Strategy Lead, Infrastructure and Mobility
  • Linda McCord

    West Midlands Bus Alliance
  • David Bradford

    Managing Director - Bus
    National Express
  • Claire Haigh

    Chief Executive
    Greener Journeys
  • Councillor Waseem Zaffar

    Cabinet, Cabinet Member for Transport and Environment
    Birmingham City Council
  • Chris Lane

    Head of Transport Innovation
    Transport for West Midlands
  • Jim Steer

  • Lilian Greenwood MP

    Transport Select Committee

Transport Times is well known for providing unrivalled insight into the transport industry from thought leaders in the sector. The awards and events that the Transport Team produce have similar status as the best in the industry, and that's why we've been proud of First Group's involvement over the years in sponsoring numerous awards and why we will continue to support these events in the future

Tim O'Toole CBE

Former CEO, FirstGroup