UMP hosts its inaugural Summit in Birmingham

July 19, 2023

Last week the Urban Mobility Partnership hosted its inaugural mobility Summit in Digbeth, Birmingham to discuss the future of urban mobility with leading stakeholders and policy makers from across the transport sector. A key theme of the event was the need for collaboration between public and private sector to improve accessibility, efficiency, and sustainability of future mobility goals.

Over 130 delegates attended this unique and informative event, which included representatives from local and national Government, panel discussions on a variety of transport topics, and presentations on innovative mobility technologies. The Summit took place in Digbeth, Birmingham, a key area of transport development and urban regeneration, and brought together leading stakeholders from across the country to join discussions on the future of mobility and transport services in the UK.

A number of expert panels took place across the day covering a range of key mobility issues:

The first panel was led by Mark Li, Partner at Foot Anstey LLP, focused on integrating shared mobility and public transport into the physical realm.

The second panel, moderated by Ben Lawson, VP of Mobility Europe at Enterprise, looked into public transportation innovation systems with a focus on ticketing and integration with new modes.

The third panel brought back Mark Li of Foot Anstey LLP as the moderator and focused on the future of urban transport systems would look like across the country. 

The fourth panel was moderated by Julian Scriven, Managing Director at Brompton Bike Hire, and focused on innovative and new approaches to ensure more sustainable corporate travel and shift away from private car use. 

Finally, the last panel examined what the future of multi-model and sustainable transport could look like in the UK and was moderated by Laura Holloway, Head of Government Affairs for UK and Ireland for Enterprise Holdings.

The first ever Urban Mobility Partnership Summit was an exciting opportunity to discuss sustainable policies and innovative projects in transport. Some of the focus looked at what we need to do next, but most importantly, the key discussions explored what is happening today in collaboration with leading public authorities and the wider mobility sector. 

As Chair, I was delighted to host this Summit and it comes after over 5 years of UMP working with businesses and all layers of Government on mobility policies and projects. The Summit was a huge success and we expect it to be the first of many. Thank you to everyone for attending and I am excited about bringing the sector together for future events.”

James Lancaster

Chair of the Urban Mobility Partnership

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