We started Friday’s sessions with a visit to the University of Salford. An exciting way to begin our final day together, since this stop involved a ride in a prototype autonomous vehicle. There was some fantastic engagement during the morning, and it really highlighted the importance of strategic partnerships between universities, transit authorities and the private sector.
We then made our way to Media City, where we enjoyed a fantastic lunch and a wonderful view of the entire development. This was followed by inspiring presentations from Transport for Greater Manchester on their future visions for integral transport.
Participants were able to experience Manchester’s multi-modality by taking the bus, riding on the tram, and walking between the various destinations. In fact, experiencing the transport modes of the various cities, rather than just discussing them was a key feature of the whole tour, which all taking part seemed to really appreciate.
The week seemed to have flown by, but with the final visit over it was time for the group to part ways. The UK team members headed back to their respective towns, while the rest of the delegation caught a train back to London for a final group meal and to prepare for their trips back home the following day.
All could agree that much had been gained from an activity and discussion-filled week. Relationships were forged which we are sure will lead to further meaningful collaboration going forward. A more detailed report of the content of presentations and discussions from the week’s visits can be found on our Study Visit report, and participant views are shared as vlog entries on this blog.
With huge thanks to all who made this incredible tour possible, and especially to those who took part, and whose enthusiastic engagement helped make it such a worthwhile event!