Why attend?

Taking place at Edgbaston Stadium, Birmingham on Wednesday 1st March, this informative free-to-attend event will focus on the latest innovation and operational practices to ensure last-mile freight movements are safe, clean and quiet across urban environments.

A line-up of speakers from both the private and public sector will debate the last-mile challenge and explore some of the successful work already taking place in cities across the UK and mainland Europe to address the issue.

The Urban Transport Group (UTG), which brings together and promotes the interests of Britain’s largest metropolitan areas on transport, will be supporting the event. Jonathan Bray, UTG director, said: " Getting last-mile logistics right forms part of a much wider debate about what kind of cities we want to live in and how we want them to look and feel. This conference presents a great opportunity to explore innovative solutions that enable last-mile journeys to be completed as safely, unobtrusively and with as little environmental impact as possible.”

Alongside the seminar programme will be an exhibition hall dedicated to the latest equipment and technology to enable compliant, efficient city deliveries. While outside the venue will be a display of some of the newest urban vehicles on the market.

Topics covered will include:

• Implications for freight sector as clean air zones are planned in UK cities by 2020

• Lessons learned from mainland Europe on smarter ways to handle city deliveries 

• Making a consolidation centre a viable and sustainable operation

• Exploring use of waterways and rail to reduce road freight in towns and cities

• Use of retrofit technology to achieve safety and air quality standards

Confirmed speakers include:

Jonathan Bray, chief executive, Urban Transport Group

Gordon Telling, freight advisor, Transport for West Midlands 

Peter Harris, director of sustainability, EMEA,UPS      

Laetitia Dablanc, director of research at the French Institute of Science and Technology for Transport, Development and Networks (IFSTTAR, University of Paris-Est)

Gary Whittle, commercial director, Meachers Global Logistics 

Laura Shoaf, managing director, Transport for West Midlands  

Phillippa Edmunds, manager, Freight on Rail 

Alex Veitch, head of global policy,  Freight Transport Association

Frank van Os, director, Smart Mile Solutions 

Helen Smith, head of logistics, environment & active travel, Transport for Greater Manchester

Who should attend?

Freight in the City Expo will help you change the way you and your business approach urban deliveries whether you are a fleet operator, policy maker or urban planner. 

  • Freight & logistics operators
  • Retailers
  • Civil engineers/ construction firms
  • Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs)
  • Local Mayors
  • City region authorities
  • Chambers of Commerce
  • Local government representatives

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This conference presents a great opportunity to explore innovative solutions that enable last-mile journeys to be completed as safely, unobtrusively and with as little environmental impact as possible.


Jonathan Bray Chief Executive Urban Transport Group

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