June will see more than 10,000 transport professionals travel to Paris for the bienniel Transports Publics event – the ‘European Mobility Exhibition’

When?: June 10, 11 and 12, 2014
Where?: Paris-Expo, Porte de Versailles, Paris
Participants: 10,000 professionals from 55 different countries
Exhibition: 250 international exhibitors in 30,000 square metres of exhibition space
Website: www.transportspublics-expo.com

On June 10 this year, the sixth edition of Transports Publics – the European Mobility Exhibition – will open in Paris. For three days some 250 French and international exhibitors showcase their latest innovations to more than 10,000 visitors, including a growing contingent from the UK. Held every two years, the event has become a not-to-be-missed opportunity for all stakeholders in public transport and sustainable mobility across Europe.

The event is organised by GIE Objectif transport public, a joint venture between GART, the French transportation authorities group and UTP, the public and rail transport union.

An international dimension

For its 2014 edition, Transports Publics will be welcoming visitors from some 50 countries. Around one-third of the exhibitors have a significant international presence. The European Mobility Exhibition’s guest of honour this year will be the Brazilian city of Curitiba, presenting its busway service – essentially an overground metro that is used daily by 70% of the city’s 3.2 million inhabitants.

A multi-modal exhibition

Bus, rail, bicycle – if it’s part of the mobility mix it’s represented at Transports Publics. A total of 250 exhibitors will be spread across 30,000 square metres of exhibition space. The 50 vehicles on display will include the latest generation hybrid bus from
Volvo while French energy firm EDF will present Ellisup, a “new generation” electric bus .

The inaugural European Mobility Conference

This year Transports Publics has the added attraction of the inaugural European Mobility Conference – ‘Moving Together’ – which will take place at the same venue, Paris-Expo, on June 11 and 12. This event has been jointly organised by the promoters of Transports Publics, GIE Objectif transport public, and UITP, the Brussels-based international association of public transport.

Held in the aftermath of May’s European elections, the conference will explore what kind of future awaits urban mobility in the cities of tomorrow. High-level speakers from different horizons will examine what cities are expecting from operators and the EU institutions; the future financing of urban mobility and what new business models are waiting in store for public transport. Speakers include Sir Peter Hendy, president of UITP and commissioner of  Transport for London, Piers Marlow, director, business development, Arriva and Jean-Pierre Farandou, president and group CEO of Keolis Group.

The European Mobility Conference will also see the announcement of the results of the European Commission’s ‘Eurobarometer,’ detailing country-by-country how happy Europeans are with their public transport.

The commission has already published the results of two Europe-wide surveys of rail passenger satisfaction. The most recent survey, undertaken in September 2013, saw 78% of UK rail passengers gave a “high” or a “good” rating, compared to 74% in France and 51% in Germany.

For further details visit www.moving-together.com.

Other presentations

In addition to the European Mobility Conference, Transports Publics will feature a range of discussions on key issues and presentations by experts. Subjects that will be addressed include accessibility and an ageing population, sources of funding, NFC, modes of governance for stations, ticketing.

There will also be case studies, including public transport in Quebec, the Grand Paris project, a showcase for the rail industry, and operating rail networks in dense urban areas, the Île-de-France example (RFF).

Talent in Mobility Awards

Two Britons are among those nominated for this year’s pan- European ‘Talent in Mobility’ Awards, which will be presented at the Transports Publics show on June 11, to honour women and men who are contributing to the progress of public transport and sustainable mobility.

James Freeman, chief executive of local authority-owned Reading Buses, is nominated for the ‘Best Manager Award’ while Laurence Homer, senior systems engineer at BAE Systems, is nominated for the ‘Best young Talent Award’.

What they said last time

British visitors to the last edition of Transports Publics in 2012 were impressed by what they saw in Paris.

“Transport Publics 2012 featured a range of initiatives and applications that challenged the norm and left us feeling inspired,” said Alex Hornby, commercial director at bus company Trentbarton. “It featured real, workable solutions for customers and tools that could well attract non-users.”

Meanwhile, Phil Stockley of Eastleigh-based Velvet Bus comments: “The visit proved to be highly rewarding, and should probably be made compulsory for all UK operators.

“The industry at home tends to be pretty insular, with the same familiar range of suppliers offering the same familiar range
of products. While I don’t mean this as a criticism -most of them do a fine job and serve us well – there is a risk that our horizons become limited to what they choose to offer, rather than aspiring to what might be possible.”

“To be exposed to the output of our continental partners is to have one’s eyes opened to a whole world of innovation and imagination.”

He concluded: “A thoroughly worthwhile experience, and one that should be firmly imprinted in all our diaries!”

Technical visits

Two technical visits, offering a behind-the-scenes view of the operations of Paris transport operator RATP, are being offered to visitors to the Transports Publics 2014 show (see details below) in June. Places are limited. If you would like to participate contact Mathilde Wilkes – call 020 8216 3106 or email mathilde@promosalons.co.uk

  • RATP Multi-modal Control Room Visit date: 10:00-11:30, June 11
    Accompanied by: Claudine Hurther, RATP Quality Supervisor Officer
    Summary: The Multi-modal Control Room provides real time transverse co-ordination for all RATP’s metro, suburban railway, bus and tramway lines, 24 hours per day 365 days per year. The visit will present the operational and spatial organisation and the missions of this structure that now makes essential contributions to network safety, co-ordination of works and transfer of information.
  • Driverless metro line 1 and Centralised Traffic Control Room Visit date: 14:00-15:30, June 11
    Accompanied by: Marc Genain, RATP Engineering Department
    Summary: The functions of this new Centralised Traffic Control Room, commissioned in May 2010 to accompany upgrading of metro line 1, are to control train running, traffic control and traction energy, and also to monitor journeys and to assist personnel in stations. This visit will include a presentation of the project that resulted in full automation of Paris’s oldest metro line with no traffic interruption.


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