Council tech challenges explored at Forum

Presentations on projects that used technology and innovation to help local authorities’ transport plans will be shown at next week’s Transport Technology Forum (TTF).

The event, for which Transport and Energy is a media partner, features a session led by Connected Transport Innovation Lead Karla Jakeman on Thursday and a series of presentations with London councils.

Schemes due to be discussed include London’s Electric Vehicle Charging Data and the DfT’s local authority guidance with content relevant to councils across the UK.

The conference begins on the Wednesday (3 March) with keynote speeches including a ministerial address and a talk from the Department for Transport’s head of traffic and technology, Anthony Ferguson.

Other sessions on Wednesday include advice on future mobility from AESIN, procurement guidance, and support offered by the Local Council Roads Innovation Group (LCRIG).

Friday’s sessions include lessons learned from the TTF’s Covid data reports, a presentation from Devon County Council, and future mobility with Vivacity. The event concludes with further keynote speeches, including DfT’s new cycling lead.

Speaking about the sessions, TTF manager, Darren Capes, said: “This year’s online Forum format is based on the way people work in our virtual world.

“At a physical event, people tend to sit and listen to all the sessions, but we can see that when you are watching on a screen, you tend to be a bit more choosy. We are therefore not expecting everyone to sit and watch every minute, but pick the sessions of greatest interest, and we have structured the event to fit into that way of working. 

“Everything will be recorded and made available on demand, so people can either join live and take advantage of interactive Q&A sessions, or watch at their leisure the sessions most of interest.”

  • TTFM, an evening discussion programme, will be streamed on Highways News

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