Creating better interchanges between public transport, cyclists, pedestrians and the car is going to need similar integration of the transport industry. A wide diversity of firms and organisations have signed up to an exhibition to do it.
Preparations for the first event dedicated to the purpose of building the business relationships necessary to kick-start Britain's integrated transport revolution are gathering pace.
The Government's Transport Bill will soon be law and funds to the tune of £180bn were set out in July's 10 year transport plan.
The time for action is just beginning and the Interchange Showcase Exhibition at London Dockland's Excel on 3-5 April 2001 is expected to be a key forum for exchange of business ideas.
Public service organisations such as Railtrack and The Highways Agency are already confirmed and will be teaming up with infrastructure providers like Amey, Carillion and Amec Capital Projects representing contractors; and Halcrow, Mott MacDonald, Halliburton Brown and Root, Maunsell, WSP, Hyder and Parsons Brinckerhoff representing consultants. Transport operators such as First Group and London & Continental Railways, and materials providers like Corus Building Products and ATG Access, will add to the cross spread of exhibitors. Technical solutions will be on hand from IT consultant SEMA and several firms of architects. Also signed up are manufacturers including Alstom and large clients like Shell.
Interchange president Steve Norris says: 'Interchange is a pivotal event for the developing transport market in the UK.
Bringing together the leading players from the transport and construction worlds will encourage innovative thinking, the exchange of ideas and the definition of a market place for the next decade. For this reason I am delighted to be a part of it and I would urge all those companies who see this new market as an opportunity to get similarly involved.'
More exhibitors are expected to be confirmed in the coming weeks to increase what is already a big opportunity to network with a wide cross section of the transport industry and show visitors what your company is going to bring to the Interchange party.
Integrated transport awards
The quest for Britain's best transport interchange has been narrowed down to 16 projects completed within the two years to the end of October 2000.
Chairman of the judges and Interchange president Steve Norris will now start the search to find winners for small, medium, large and most innovative project. Out of these an overall winner will be picked as an example of best practice and innovation in making life easier for the travelling public.
Norris is now set to lead the site visits across the country starting next month: a journey that will lead to the winner being announced at a gala awards night at London's Park Lane Hilton on 4 April 2001.
Full shortlist for the inaugural Awards, with entrant:
Small Interchange project Warwick Parkway - Chiltern Railways Clitheroe Interchange - Lancashire County Council St Paul's Bus Station, Walsall - Centro Integrated Travel Information Centre - Bristol City Council Medium sized Interchange project Canning Town Transport Interchange - WSP Stratford Regional Station - Wilkinson Eyre Architects Canada Water Station - Jubilee Line Extension Project North Greenwich Station - Jubilee Line Extension Project Caerphilly Interchange - Caerphilly County Borough Council Large Interchange project Croydon Tramlink - Sir Robert McAlpine Paddington Station - Taylor Woodrow Glasgow City Centre Improvement & Glasgow Central Station - Glasgow City Council Lewisham Link on the Docklands Light Railway - Docklands Light Railway Award for innovation Virgin Trains Rail Links - Virgin Trains Nottingham Travelwise Centre - Nottingham City Council Delivery of Travel Information to users on the Move - Kizoom