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Whats next for travel in Wales? Cardiff

  • Lecture
  • Cardiff
  • 17 May 2019
  • 09:00 - 13:30
Whats next for travel in Wales? Cardiff

About this event

Four eminent speakers explaining:

Delivery of rail projects in Wales – John Hannah , Operations Director, CentreGreat Rail

Metro down to the Bay -  Prof Mark Barry, Cardiff University

Urban | Development for intelligent mobility and innovation - Sunil Budhdeo, Coventry City Council

Bike Life – a data-led approach to understanding the impact of cycling in cities -  Ryland Jones, Deputy Director, Sustrans Cymru

The topics offer a window on current transport initiatives being actively pursued.

A buffet lunch will be served after the seminar.


John Hannah MPhys(Hons)

Operations Director ERH

John Hannah

John holds the position of Operations Director at Centregreat Rail Ltd, where the last five years have seen the business grow from holding a provisional principal contractor’s license with Network Rail, to becoming a framework contractor with the Network Rail Wales & LNW(S) Route Building & Civils business units and a ‘contractor of choice’ with the Wales Infrastructure Projects business unit.

John also holds the position of Framework Director at the Centregreat STRIDE JV that has recently secured a position on the Transport for Wales STRIDE framework. Having been born, raised, educated and now employed within the South Wales Valleys, John feels passionately about realising the sustainable benefits and lasting economic legacy that the pending infrastructure investment in Wales promises.

Prof Mark Barry

Professor of Practice in Connectivity, Cardiff University

Mark Barry

Mark has over thirty years’ international experience in multiple industries including management consultancy, biotech, IT, finance, economic development & transport.

Mark now has his own consultancy business and provides support & advice in the fields of economic development and transport strategy; he has also assisted start-up and early stage companies. Since 2010, Mark has also been working on first conceiving and then developing the South Wales Metro concept.

In March 2013, “A Cardiff City Region Metro: transform | regenerate | connect” was published by the Metro Consortium which led to a direct commission from the Welsh Government to produce, “The Metro Impact Study”, published in November 2013.

From November 2013 to January 2016 Mark led Metro Development for the Welsh Government and helped prepare, “Rolling out our Metro”, which was published to coincide with the First Minister’s announcement in November 2015 of a formal commitment to deliver the South Wales Metro.

Mark has also taken up a part time role as Professor of Practice in Connectivity at Cardiff University’s School of Geography and Planning; he has also worked with the MTR Corporation to help their bid to build and operate The South Wales Metro.

Sunil Budhdeo

Transport Innovation Manager, Coventry City Council

Sunil Budhdeo

Sunil has over 40 years’ experience in the Traffic, Transport and ITS Industry.

Working at Leicester City Council as a senior Engineer, his role was to set standards within the industry and Local Authorities. As a key member of the Sector Schema standards committee, he helped in paving the way forward for the industry to have a common and progressive standard for all operatives.


After joining Nottingham City Council, his work to set standards for the industry continued, resulting in successful delivery of the most efficient tram network, the first Colour and Symbolized Car Park Guidance system and the first digital Bus lane enforcement system in UK.

Sunil joined Coventry City council in 2010 as UTMC Manager, responsible for the UTMC, Highway Network Development team and Managing the Response and Monitoring section.

Successful projects undertaken by Coventry City Council include the MODUM project, the second Horizon 2020 project HoPE, UK CITE, UK Autodrive,CATCH! Appy Parking, 4G Mesh network in Coventry,

Pay on Display Machine, RTPI, first full colour VMS, Interactive Totems, live on street parking bay availability, CCTV, ANPR Cameras and Wireless Vehicle Detection that use the 4G Mash network for communication.

As a Board member of the UTMC development Group major schema and Chair of the Siemens user group, Sunil continues to innovate and set a high standard within the industry, and supports other authorities in developing and implementing their ITS strategies.

Ryland Jones

Deputy Director, Sustrans Cymru

Ryland Jones

With a background in Environmental Project Management, Ryland leads the Built Environment Team for Sustrans in Wales, developing and implementing a range of infrastructure projects. He has over 22 years experience of designing and implementing practical projects in the field of Sustainable Transport, often linked to regeneration programmes and regularly inputs to strategic planning, network development and transport appraisals for the Welsh Government.

Ryland has managed a number of strategic infrastructure programmes, including co-ordinating a £30m initiative to build over 100 miles of new multi-user routes across Wales. He has also co-ordinated delivery of several collaborative urban design projects, working with urban communities, with recent work including projects developing innovative approaches to street design around schools, linked to wider community engagement, participatory design and people focussed interventions.

Event venue

ICE Wales Cymru offices
Boardroom 2nd floor
Mount Stuart Square
Cardiff CF10 5FL
United Kingdom

For more information please contact:

Felicity White

e: [email protected]