Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Dublin

Transport Ireland 2022

Major annual transport conference

National Transport Authority, Ireland
eolas Magazine

Transport Ireland®, now in its fifteenth year, has firmly established itself as the annual conference event for the transport sector in Ireland. The 2022 conference will bring together all the key players from across Ireland, north and south, to focus on the important issues facing transport policy-makers and senior managers in the transport sector.

Key issues to be examined by an expert panel of speakers include:
  • Transport policies and priorities
  • Post-Covid recovery and the funding and financing of public transport
  • Decarbonising transport on the road to net zero
  • Transport infrastructure to support sustainable economic growth
  • Intelligent transport and transforming mobility
  • Gender and diversity sensitive smart mobility
  • The future of cities: How people move in a smart city
  • Sustainable urban mobility
  • The future of aviation: The compatibility of recovery and sustainability
  • Technology to transform how we move
  • Enabling travel behaviour change
  • Mobility trends for 2022
The legacy of Covid-19 and looking to the future

The legacy of Covid-19 is starting to emerge. This last phase of the pandemic is one which may be drawn out and certainly leaves behind a different world. The pandemic changed utterly how we live, how we work and how we commute and travel. Mobility patterns have shifted towards more localised movement. Will this shift be here to stay, even post-pandemic? The need for transport infrastructure to support a more regionally balanced workforce in the future is becoming ever more important.

The Covid crisis has prompted policy makers to look at investment plans and what shape the transport landscape should take to serve us in the years to come. Investment in transport infrastructure and networks remains a key priority. Last October, the Government announced the largest National Development Plan in the history of the state as it unveiled spending proposals for the next decade. Transport is the sector that will receive the second highest amount of gross voted capital allocation over the first five years of the newly revised NDP, receiving €13 billion from 2021 to 2025.

Sustainable, intelligent transport

The future of transport will be smart and sustainable. In December 2021 the Department of Transport published a new transport investment framework to help Government deliver its vision for the sustainable development of Irish society. The National Investment Framework for Transport in Ireland (NIFTI) sets out clear principles for the consideration of future transport investment and is closely aligned with key Government policy priorities and commitments, such as the Climate Action Plan and the National Development Plan.

Transport remains a significant source of energy-related CO2 emissions. Reducing emissions; alternative fuels and decarbonising transport; user behaviour; the design of neighbourhoods; electric vehicles and sustainable public transport must all be considered. The transport plans within the NDP will play a significant role in Ireland’s decarbonisation. One of the more notable transport projects within the NDP is the ongoing implementation of greener and cleaner bus fleets, which began rollout in 2021 and is due to last until 2025.

With increasing levels of digitised innovation we must also move towards smart mobility and utilise all new and emerging technologies for a new era of transportation. Some trends during the pandemic were short term requiring an agile response to rapidly evolving requirements, others are indicative of a new way that citizens want to engage and changing consumer behaviours and motivations.

Who should attend

The Transport Ireland® conference will be of interest to all those, north and south, involved in the management or development of Ireland’s transport system including both roads and railways infrastructure and public transport. It will also be of interest to those dependent on Ireland’s transport system for the movement of freight in and out of, and across the country. The conference will have direct appeal to:

  • Transport policy-makers (government departments / agencies)
  • Local government – officers and elected representatives
  • Strategic infrastructure planners
  • Freight and logistics operators
  • Planning specialists
  • Construction / civil engineering firms
  • Project consultants / specialists
  • Public transport / port and airport operators
  • NGOs
  • Finance / investment and legal community
  • Academics / researchers
Benefits of attending

Delegates attending the conference will:

  • Hear latest government policy for transport
  • Consider infrastructure investment priorities
  • Hear from high profile visiting speakers
  • Explore sustainability in transport
  • Look to the future of mobility



0900 Chairperson’s welcome and introduction:
Derval Cummins, Director and European Advisory Leader, Transportation Consulting

Eamon Ryan, TD
Minister for Transport
Transport investment: The decade of delivery
Anne Graham, Chief Executive
National Transport Authority
Post-Covid recovery: Supporting sustainable economic growth
Peter Walsh, Chief Executive
Transport Infrastructure Ireland
Roads reimagined with people and planet in mind
Derval Cummins, Director and European Advisory Leader, Transportation Consulting
The future of transportation in a sustainable cloud
Marco Foley, Principal Cloud Architect
Questions & answers / Panel discussion
1055 Networking break
1115 Smart and sustainable mobility for the future
Aleksandra Klenke, Sustainable and Intelligent Transport, DG Move
European Commission
Technology to transform how we move
Iain Patterson, Partner – Digital Transformation, Org / Abtran
Transport as a means of creating gender equality: The importance of gender and diversity sensitive smart mobility
Dr Hilda Rømer Christensen , Associate Professor, University of Copenhagen and
Scientific Co-ordinator, TInnGO
Building a smart mobility ecosystem in Ireland
Russell Vickers, CEO
Future Mobility Campus Ireland
The future of sustainable urban mobility: Enabling travel behaviour change
Dr Lorraine D’Arcy, Senior Lecturer
TU Dublin
1315 Networking Lunch
1400 Accelerating the decarbonisation of transport
Declan Meally, Director of Business, Public and Transport Sectors
Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland
Post COP26: The journey towards sustainable, zero emission mobility
Dr Stuart Greig, Director of Low Carbon Economy
Transport Scotland
Achieving zero emission urban freight
Verena Ehrler, Université Gustave Eiffel and Chair of the Community of Interest Zero Emission Urban Freight
Transport Decarbonisation Alliance
PANEL: Decarbonising Ireland’s transport system

Stephen Kent, Chief Executive, Bus Éireann
Jim Meade, Chief Executive, Irish Rail
Kevin McPartlan, Chief Executive, Fuels for Ireland
Dr Aoife O’Grady, Principal Officer, Climate Delivery, Department of Transport Declan Meally, Director of Business, Public and Transport Sectors
Questions & answers / Panel discussion
1615 Chairperson’s summary and conference close

Sponsorship & Exhibition

There are a limited number of opportunities for interested organisations to become involved with this conference as sponsors or exhibitors. This is an excellent way for organisations to raise their profile with a key audience of senior decision-makers from across Ireland’s transport sector. For more information on packages available contact Lynda Millar on 01 661 3755 or email lynda.millar@eolasmagazine.ie.

Pricing & Registration

Delegate rate
€275 + VAT @ 23% = €338.25

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