Waterman supports successful bid for transport innovation world congress

31 October 2023

The world’s leading experts on smart transport systems are set to gather in Birmingham following confirmation that the city has been named ‘preferred candidate’ to host the 2027 Intelligent Transport Systems World Congress (ITS) at Birmingham’s NEC.

Through our work chairing the Innovative Transport Working Group, Waterman supported Transport for West Midlands (TfWM) in their bid to host the event. This initiative sees our specialists champion the latest developments in transport, including autonomous vehicles, electric and zero-emission technology, 5G technology and traffic management systems. In addition, we have been supporting TfWM to deliver their ‘Influencing Transport Lab’, which is a collaboration across public, private and academic sectors. We have been delivering major projects in this area across the last 12 months, including working with Mobility by Colas on their ANAIS road inspection and asset management system, which has been trialled by National Highways in the Midlands area.

A joint effort between Transport for West Midlands (TfWM), the Department for Transport (DfT), Intelligent Transport Systems UK (ITS UK) and the NEC Birmingham, this latest success underlines the West Midlands’ growing reputation as a hotbed for innovation and the development of cutting-edge transport technology and systems.

The ITS World Congress attracts thousands of delegates and speakers from around the world and includes seminars, exhibitions, technical visits, and outreach events. It provides a platform for the latest developments in transport technology and mobility solutions.

Richard White, Waterman’s Associate Director, said: “I’m delighted to see Birmingham named as the host city for the 2027 ITS World Congress. Throughout the past 18 months, we have been working with TfWM and the West Midlands Innovation Alliance to showcase the latest innovations in transport. Securing this landmark global event is a major coup for both the West Midlands and the transport infrastructure sector, recognising the continued innovation we’re delivering to support greener, safer and more integrated transport not only in the UK, but across the globe.

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