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Coming together

Britain's first integrated transport show is GO on Tuesday morning at 9.30am stretching across 7,000m 2at London's Excel arena.

Interchange showcase

The integrated transport exhibition has now topped 100 exhibitors comprising all the major transport consultants, contractors, transport operators, architects, law firms and material suppliers.

Among late entrants to the two-day exhibition of integrated transport solutions is congestion charging specialist the Clear View consortium of RACAL electronics, Brown & Root, National Car Parks and others (see NCE last week).

Consultant URS joins a long list of transport specialists including Mott MacDonald, Scott Wilson, Brown and Root, Halcrow, Maunsell, Parsons Brinckerhoff, WSP, TRL, WS Atkins and Gibb.

A guide to exhibitors will be catalogued in the Interchange Magazine on sale at the event for £5.

Interchange experience

On arrival at the interactive exhibition of integrated transport kit, visitors can find out the time of trains and buses to and from the conference by using one of the Casio palm top computers available.

IT specialist SEMA Group has written the program exclusively for the event and is also working on a program that would allow visitors to order train tickets using the palm tops. Users would then go the SEMA stand to pick up their tickets.

Additions planned include text messages to inform users of service delays, along with details of the nearest attraction so that visitors can while away their time while they are waiting.

For more information of the SEMA stand call Anne-Marie Walters (0207) 830 5285.

Exchange There is still time to gain free entry to the Interchange showcase and experience exhibitions which will be open from 9.30am to 5.30pm on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Day tickets cost £5 but if you want to get in for free just go to the Interchange website at www.interchangeplus.com and bring a print out of the home page to ExCel. Alternatively, bring along the advertisement in last week's NCE.

Forty five speakers representing the transport industry have been assembled to speak on integrated transport at London's ExCel. Government ministers Lord Gus McDonald and Keith Hill will be joined by Sir Alastair Morton and chairman of the Commission for Integrated Transport Professor David Begg.

Some of the best brains in transport are coming together to discuss what integrated transport is? What needs to change? And how that change can be delivered?

Those without tickets wishing to attend the conference on the day can pay a day rate of £495 and £295 if you work in the pubHow to get there Interchange venue ExCel is a new conference/exhibition centre in London's Docklands.

Visitors can get to ExCel using the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) alighting at the on-site station Custom House. DLR has links with London Underground at Bank, Tower Gateway, Stratford and Bow Church.

Visitors travelling from south London or Kent can reach the venue via the DRL extension from New Lewisham Station. Visitors can also use the Jubilee Line Extension station at Canning Town and London City Airport is within one mile.

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