Thought Leadership

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Leading debate on the future of cities, transport and infrastructure

Interchange is a thought leadership initiative facilitated by London Transport Museum in partnership with Gowling WLG and Thales. It is a programme of lively, thought-provoking and informed discussions and debates for leading thinkers and decision-makers to consider the challenges and opportunities facing cities, transport and infrastructure, today and tomorrow. This contemporary programme evolves as the transport industry grows and changes; by keeping our finger on the pulse we ensure we are discussing the right issues at the right time. These invite-only events are a benefit of Corporate Membership of London Transport Museum and are attended by senior decision-makers from across the transport industry.

The Interchange agenda builds upon the Museum’s role as a platform for debate and creativity for the wider transport industry. Topics are based on the most relevant subjects affecting business today. These include smart cities, sustainable logistics, road pricing, autonomous vehicles, infrastructure investment, and the promotion of engineering as a career choice.

Interchange: moving thinking forward

Programme 2017

Mayor's Transport Strategy

Date: Thursday, 2 February 2017
Panel: Mike Brown MVO, Commissioner of Transport for London; Professor Tony Travers, Director, LSE London; Léan Doody, Smart Cities Lead, Arup; Professor Greg Clark, Chairman, The Business of Cities.
Keynote address by Val Shawcross CBE, Deputy Mayor for Transport

Due for publication in spring 2017, the Mayor's Transport Strategy will set out Mayor of London Sadiq Khan's vision for London and its delivery by Transport for London. Prior to its publication, London Transport Museum held a major debate to discuss the MTS and the future of transport and infrastructure in London. The debate was an opportunity for TfL to present and discuss its business plan, and for audience members to engage the Commissioner of TfL and other members of an expert panel in a discussion on the future of their industry. You can watch the full debate below. 

Transitioning to a zero emission transport system

Date: Tuesday, 14 March 2017
Panel: Adam Chase, Director, E4tech; Richard Bruce, Director of Energy, Technology & Innovation, Department for Transport

New technologies have a role to play in the Mayor of London's plans to improve London's air quality; hydrogen fuel cell and renewable energies are delivering new and more efficient ways to operate and run vehicles, but what are the challenges for implementing these new technologies, and do the limitations outweigh the benefits?

Financing the East West Rail proposal

Date: Wednesday, 3 May 2017
Panel: Rob Brighouse, Chair, East West Rail Review; Dr Peter Hansford, Professor of Construction and Infrastructure policy, UCL.

The purpose of this seminar will be to outline the options currently, and potentially, available to achieve a fully funded project and consider the appropriate governance of any SPV established for this purpose.

Future of Urban Mobility report

In Feb 2018, London Transport Museum in collaboration with Arup, Gowling WLG and Thales UK will publish a report on the Future of Urban Mobility. The following three events will discuss some key themes and the outcome of the events

Future of Urban Mobility: How will changing user demands change our core transport system?

Date: 4 July 2017

Panel: Richard Bruce, Director – Energy, Technology & Innovation, Department for Transport; Dr Ron Oren, Senior Analyst (Strategy), Transport Systems Catapult

In this debate, we will discuss the impact of the sharing economy and disruptive technologies and ask what people will expect and desire of the transport systems of tomorrow.

The Future of Urban Mobility: Technology enablers – how could autonomous vehicles and intelligent systems reshape the mobility ecosystem?

Date: 12 September 2017

The Future of Urban Mobility: Delivering change – what strategies and policies are required to achieve truly transformational change to mobility in cities?

Date: 12 October 2017

The post Brexit skills gap

November 2017 

What our attendees say

“These events are a great way to think quickly yet deeply about the future of travel and transport in London."
Tony Travers, LSE 

“The London Transport Museum Thought Leadership programme is one of the most inspiring and thought provoking institutions around.”
Christopher Choa, AECOM

The LT Museum's programme of Thought Leadership sessions never fail to deliver provocative opinions and lively debate on critical transport topics that really matter in a rapidly-changing world."
Martin Howell, Cubic Transportation Systems 

Contact us

Thought Leadership is a programme organised exclusively for Museum Corporate Members and is invitation-only. If you would like to attend one of our events, and are interested in becoming a corporate member, please contact:

Katie Fitzsimons
Corporate Membership Development Manager
Tel: +44 (0)20 7565 7451
Email: [email protected]