All Streams are across 2 days

Where will the investment for the future of transport come from? What business opportunities will new mobility solutions create? What impact will they have on jobs? The Future of Transportation World Conference will discuss and investigate how disruptive technologies will affect the thousands of people employed throughout various transportation networks, and what new opportunities they could create.

How will current infrastructure cope with new disruptive technology, and is it ready for mass adoption of highly connected autonomous vehicles? Future infrastructure projects will also need to be proactive in their design to incorporate new emerging technology and connectivity. Smart cities and transportation networks will need to become smart-grid networks connecting road, rail, metro, public transport and new urban mobility solutions. In this stream we will discuss challenges for infrastructure in the future, from both a technical, and an economic perspective, and what role infrastructure projects will play in society and in creating more efficient, sustainable, long-term transportation solutions for the future.

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Conference Programme

Day 1: Tuesday 19 June

Planning, Investment, & Policies to Support The Future of Transportation Infrastructure


Governance innovation for transport infrastructure

Robert Missen
Directorate-General for Mobility & Transport
European Commission
Most of the breakthroughs in transport infrastructure come from the technological development of vehicles and the new forms of communication. Infrastructures should then be considered a public service to allow smooth introduction and functioning of innovative vehicles and mobility patterns for the benefit of customers and society. Public administrations and private companies can provide the necessary framework to facilitate the seamless implementation of innovation, together and/or in partnership or separately. But new partnership schemes may possibly be needed. It is necessary to rethink how these services will be funded, who will have the responsibility of delivery, what are the acceptable costs for the users, as well as how to ensure a comprehensive socially inclusive system.


Capturing value from station-related development and regeneration to finance front-loaded infrastructure costs – case studies

John McNulty
Infrastructure programme director HS2 Growth Partnership
LCR (London & Continental Railways Ltd) has delivered pioneering station developments and regeneration at the stations on the High Speed 1 (HS1) railway it delivered for UK’s DfT – in particular St Pancras/King's Cross Central and Stratford. As well as maximising the economic benefits from the high-speed rail investment, it has created and captured great value from these major developments, which are retained by the public sector to offset infrastructure costs. LCR is now supporting cities on the High Speed 2 (HS2) and Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR) routes, in defining and delivering major station development and regeneration programmes at the high-speed stations. You will see how these programmes are building on HS1 successes to maximise benefits from efficient rail hubs, high-quality development and retail, public realm and place-making, and also long-term value capture to finance front-loaded infrastructure costs.


Development and financing of the railway infrastructure in Germany

Marco Wilfert
Head of special investment programmes
Deutsche Bahn Netz AG
To manage the predicted growth of railway traffic volume and to increase the capacity and quality of its railway network, DB Netz had to develop a long-term investment strategy that contained the realisation of new lines, enhancement and renewal projects in accordance with the transport policy objectives of the German Federal Government. In the past decade, several new financing instruments have been developed and introduced to enable DB Netz to implement these strategies. Furthermore, the Federal Government initiated a substantial increase in subsidies for railway infrastructure projects. Due to these elementary changes, the number of railway infrastructure projects increased considerably.

10:30 - 11:10



Building sustainable infrastructure though urban integration and capturing value

Peter Morley
Most major cities around the world are investing in railway metro systems. In Asia the pace of change is astonishing (Shenzhen will have a metro network more than twice the size of London's by 2030). But just building the lines is not enough to make them viable and sustainable. Using case studies from Hong Kong, Shenzhen, London and Sydney, a case is made for the benefits of network and station planning for urban integration that can support superdensity and a car-free, public transport-orientated lifestyle for the communities they serve.


The role of INEA in supporting transport research, innovation and deployment including infrastructure, smart grids and smart cities

Alan Haigh
Head of department, Horizon 2020 Energy and Transport, INEA Executive Agency
European Commission
Sofia Papantoniadou
Project manager - Innovation and Networks Executive Agency (INEA)
European Commission
The European Commission's Innovation and Networks Executive Agency, INEA, supports various research, innovation and deployment programmes with an operational budget in excess of €34bn, most notably the Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation programme (H2020) and the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF). An overview of the role of the agency will be presented and details of each funding programme elaborated. The H2020 programme supports research and new technology development in many transport modes and also supports innovation and pilot and demonstration project deployment. An overview of past and future funding opportunities will be given, as well as example projects such as automated road transport, aviation, innovative infrastructure and developing intermodal technologies. The CEF programme supports a wide variety of actions including rail infrastructure and management systems, intelligent transport systems and flagship cross-border infrastructure projects. Funding opportunities and innovative technologies will be highlighted as well as examples in various transport modes. Speakers from both programmes will be available for further information at the conference.


Is the 'new-era transportation infrastructure' ready for private investment?

Reiner Schrankler
Partner and member iCON investment committee
iCON Infrastructure
Who are the investors (from private equity to pension funds to dedicated infrastructure funds)? What are their economic investment requirements (deal volumes, holding period, return and yield objectives)? What is their risk appetite? Where can the project cash flow come from to satisfy investors’ needs? What are the relevant 'new-era infrastructure' subsectors for investors? This presentation will deal mainly with e-mobility, including whether e-mobility infrastructure can be financed by investors, and the obstacles for private investors to invest in new-era transportation infrastructure. The session will describe and explain how private investors like iCON Infrastructure work, and what needs to happen to get such investors involved in funding new-era infrastructure.

12:40 - 13:40



The value of infrastructure and its influence on project planning

Aernout van der Bend
Director general
NGInfra (Next Generation Infrastructures)
Infrastructure is more than adding lines to our networks. It’s about the service we can offer on the networks. In the Netherlands we’ve surveyed the value of infrastructure (12% of the GNP; but what’s that?) Mostly that’s expressed in euros. More interesting is to change the focus to infrastructure's societal benefits: climate change, inclusion, labour and happiness. Therefor it’s about adding value not only to your own network but specifically also cross-sectoral to the other networks (roads, waterways, railways, main ports, power and gas, etc.) and to society.


Why 'smart' infrastructure investment, now?

Tricia Nelson
Partner, head of transport sector and advisory talent leader
By 2050 more than two-thirds of the world’s population will live in urban areas, which will put pressure on existing infrastructure and city finances. At the same time, cities need new solutions to infrastructure investment models and service delivery to keep pace with growing demand and ageing existing infrastructure. The time is ripe for new 'smart' infrastructure investment. Resilience: cities need to build infrastructure that is resilient to shocks and stresses, as this has the potential to bring long-term economic, social and physical benefits. Alternative financing models: smart technologies increasingly shape the way infrastructure is designed, built, operated and owned, so how can cities secure investments when that infrastructure increasingly integrates smart technologies?


Digital technology: a catalyser or a hurdle for securing funding?

Boris Galonske
Managing director
Silverbergh Partners
Transportation 4.0 is starting to take shape. The integration of digital technologies into transportation assets is accelerating. New digital business models are evolving. Successes and setbacks can be perceived. What does this mean for funding? What are the challenges and where are the opportunities? Addressing the needs of investors, operators and customers will be key to matching capital supply with investment opportunities. New investment opportunities can also be identified. The session will shed some light on digital value levers from a funding perspective. The status quo, potential opportunities and approaches to deal with the evolution of technology will be discussed.

14:55 - 15:35



Suburban co-working – a mobility solution

Alexander Mereu
New mobility advisor
IBI Group
In a future that seems more uncertain than ever, innovative mobility solutions that are quick to implement, resilient and low risk should be top investment priorities. The shared office (or co-working) has been on the rise in recent years and is expected to continue its rapid growth into the future. Viewing co-working as a transportation solution could provide the answers to many of our biggest mobility challenges. A network of suburban co-working centres could deliver the same types of benefits as transportation infrastructure, but at a fraction of the cost, with less disruption and with a much shorter implementation timeline.


'City as a Service' – where mobility and urban planning meet

Christian Gärtner
CEO and founder
Urban Standards GmbH
Technological advancement and urban growth offer unprecedented opportunities for city dwellers to advance urban living. Digital communication empowers the individual and changes the overall business framework. Data processing capabilities turn infrastructure into on-demand services. Densification increases social interactions and transactions exponentially and along the demand for mobility. However, pressure on land use and resources threatens the social bond within societies. Balancing the interests in a multi-stakeholder marketplace is key to a city that serves its inhabitants and constituencies. Planning for mobility means dealing with the evolving ?infrastructure of our communities, economic and regulatory frameworks and, consequently, of our cities.

16:25 - 17:00

Panel Discussion

What challenges face the transportation infrastructure industry over the next decade? Strategies to minimise risk and maximise new opportunities.
Robert Missen
Directorate-General for Mobility & Transport
European Commission
Marco Wilfert
Head of special investment programmes
Deutsche Bahn Netz AG
Peter Morley

Day 2: Wednesday 20 June

Smart, Connected Transportation Infrastructure To Support Future Urban Mobility Solutions


European Investment Project Portal – a transparent project pipeline

Michael Feith
Policy officer
European Commission
The European Investment Project Portal (EIPP), an initiative of the European Commission, is a multilingual online platform providing greater visibility and transparency about infrastructure projects within the EU. It is a key instrument of the Investment Plan for Europe, and aims to support the financing of investment projects across the EU, enabling project promoters to reach potential investors worldwide. It covers all sectors of the economy, including transport.


'Predict and provide' or 'disrupt and react'

John D'Arcy
Transportation development director
Mott MacDonald
Within our Future Mobility initiative, we have identified a suite of infrastructure development areas that could shape a future integrated transport network. Taking each of these in turn (and building on our experience gained in working with leading transport organisations globally) we will explore whether the balance of evidence points to demand leading to and shaping supply or to the area being subject to disruptive forces that then demand a reaction. In each case we will identify our view of the enablers and barriers and offer key questions and areas that need to be addressed.


Are cities ready for automation and is automation ready for cities?

Siegfried Rupprecht
Rupprecht Consult GmbH
Mobility in cities is a complex topic and automating its core functions is a challenge that will require many stakeholders to cooperate. How are transport authorities preparing for automation? Is automation included in sustainable urban mobility plans and infrastructure investment plans, or is it too early for that (or simply not relevant)? Conversely, are current automation concepts likely to contribute to achieving key policy goals of cities, or will they primarily increase demand? This presentation will discuss the building blocks of an enabling framework for policy-compliant transport automation and make proposals for what urban stakeholders can do now to get ready for automation.


The bumpy road to smart infrastructure

Friedemann Brockmeyer
Civity Management Consultants
The trend of new mobility services is often seen to be disruptive, changing our behaviour and the way we move from A to B. But to what extent will, for example, autonomous driving require a dedicated and improved infrastructure to fully unlock its potential? Significant investments are needed in order to make infrastructure smart. On the other hand, a significantly more intelligent use of resources also leads to lower land consumption. How does this demand fit with the existing situation of infrastructure, its management and funding? Based on our experience with public- and private-sector projects we will explore what cities’ needs are, how big the infrastructure and funding challenge is, and if city authorities are ready to face it.

10:40 - 11:20



The road to being smart – enabling smart infrastructure

Steve Birdsall
Gaist Solutions Ltd
A smart system uses a feedback loop of data, providing evidence to inform decision making. The system can monitor, measure, analyse, communicate and act, based on information captured from sensors. Gaist has developed a data-led smart system approach that is helping asset owners in government and the private sector to build a much richer and smarter understanding of the condition of their infrastructure assets. These insights are helping to increase responsiveness, drive down maintenance costs and inform the big infrastructure investment decisions about how we evolve our highways to ensure they can facilitate the new transport revolution.


Using planning to support infrastructure in UK city-regions

James Harris
Policy and networks manager
Royal Town Planning Institute
This presentation will use examples from the UK to demonstrate how planning policy and legislation can help reduce infrastructure costs, generate funding for new infrastructure, and ensure that investments meet wider economic, social and environmental objectives. It will explore how city leaders are using data and technology to plan infrastructure more effectively, and the critical need for governance structures that can drive collaboration across administrative and sectoral boundaries.


Controlling environment, traffic and services on motorways, expressways and turnpikes with an IoT infrastructure in a C-ITS context

Francesco Mazzola
CEO Italia SpA
Congestion cost is a major issue for any nation in terms of fuel consumption and travel time. ITS and connected car technology are transforming mobility and safety on highways by avoiding crashes and reducing fatalities. To have a full C-ITS you need the IoT subsystems and the V2X infrastructure to talk to each other. The ITS framework we've developed for motorway concessions takes all of this into account using software-defined radio concepts and geo-broadcast packet forwarding.

12:35 - 13:50



How to create engagement platforms for engineering sustainable infrastructure projects

Otto Schepers
Business unit manager traffic and roads
We are used to creating mobility by engineering large projects, planned by the government using time-consuming administrative procedures. We as engineers think there is an alternative: offering engineering skills to the crowd; creating engagement platforms for communities to engineer and experience (mobility) solutions in their own neighbourhoods; using the latest technology like AR/VR, parametric design modelling, blockchains and open data; empowering citizens to create bankable and sustainable solutions. Designed by the crowd, developed by the community, validated by engineering experts. In this presentation we will share our dreams, our prototypes and our first successful experiences.


Connectivity agenda for Western Balkans: investments in infrastructure and policy

Mate Gjorgjievski
Transport policy and law expert
South East Europe Transport Observatory
The Western Balkans Six Connectivity agenda has been somewhat successful in supporting concrete cross-border and regional infrastructure projects that bring highest value on the Trans-European Transport Networks (TEN-T). Moreover, it started shifting the paradigm from pure infrastructure-driven to connectivity reform projects and new areas of interventions in the transport sector, which are likely to have positive benefits for the whole society. The presentation will offer sound analysis of how the infrastructure development depends on the efficiency of setting and/or reinforcing the regulatory and institutional framework that should enable the Western Balkans to reap the full benefits of the investments in infrastructure.

14:40 - 15:20



Delivering autonomous vehicle solutions at high-traffic destinations

John Paddington
Senior project manager
High-traffic destinations such as airports, business parks, shopping centres and hospitals have an increasing need to move people, freight and vehicles around their campuses. We will discuss how autonomy can meet the needs of high-traffic destinations, how Conigital is working on solutions through UK Government-funded projects and how the customer experience may change in the future.


European New Mobility Expert Survey 2018/ ENMS'18

Egbert Huenewaldt
CEO and founder
Green Business Development
ENMS is an independent, international expert survey of new mobility market development. This survey is a trend analysis of the mobility market shift. Its aim is to identify trends and problems of this infrastructure and development at an early stage; in particular, the differences in individual European countries. Furthermore, the different assumptions of the protagonists of this market change are analysed: automotive industry, the public sector, startups and investors.​
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