WISC Seminar: Data-Driven Transport Policy and Strategy

Posted on January 28, 2019


The next WISC seminar will be held at 4pm, on Thursday 31st January, in R0.03.  Alex Greatholder, Senior Policy Officer at Transport for West Midlands, will give a talk on data-driven transport policy and strategy.  Discussion will follow.

Data-driven policy and strategy

Transport for West Midlands (TfWM) co-ordinates investment to improve the region’s transport infrastructure. Alex will present how TfWM is starting to use data and digital strategies to better inform policy making and strategic decision making for new transport provision. This talk will cover TfWM’s digital ambition for transport to be less hindsight, more insight leading to foresight. This means knowing the impact an event will have before it is made and assessing the impact as it occurs not simply assessing the impact after the event has occurred. Covering two case studies surrounding the new ‘Road Safety Strategy’ and the ‘2026 Delivery Plan’, it will be discussed how data has helped TfWM improve the positive impact in the areas of road safety and transport planning.

Alex is the Senior Policy Officer at TfWM. He has a background in Materials Science in which he earned a Master of Science degree from the University of Cambridge, and he has worked for Staffordshire and Birmingham City Councils before joining TfWM in 2017.

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