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Transport Policy Outlook 21 November 2022

Transport Policy Outlook 21 November 2022

Data to move centre stage — Call for Evidence issued for a European data mobility space

While the recent focus on ‘Smart and Sustainable Mobility’ has been on the Sustainability side, Smart is about to get its time in the sun.

There are already key files progressing such as the AI Act, the ePrivacy Regulation and the Data Act. The European Commission’s 2023 Work Programme gave us sight of another key element — the common European mobility data space.

When it comes to mobility, digitalisation can be a catalyst for seamless multimodality and improved sustainability. We will propose a common European mobility data space to boost the digitalisation of the mobility sector and encourage innovative solutions.

A call for evidence has been launched and is open until 7 December 2022.

The common European mobility data space, a non-legislative file, is due in Q2 of 2023 as part of the Mobility Package.

Submissions to the call for evidence can be made via the link below.

You can make your submission at

UK Government to fund project of self-charging trains

Echion Technologies is developing batteries that will charge from overhead wires and use that charge to leapfrog across unelectrified sections of track and, effectively, create self-charging trains.

The project has been awarded funding under the ‘First of a Kind’ 2022 competition, which was run in partnership with Innovate UK. The competition focussed on new concepts that will transform rail travel for passengers and decarbonise the network.

The First of a Kind competition has already helped launch over 100 projects that are having a transformative effect across the entire industry. Previous winners have included Riding Sunbeams, which power railways with sunlight, and 4Silence’s sound bending walls which cancel out noise pollution from the railway.


EASA Conference to focus on Airport safety and sustainability

The Annual Safety Conference of the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) will take place in Prague from 30 November to 01 December.

The conference will feature high level speakers from airport operators, airlines, ground handling companies, air navigation service providers, manufactures, EU institutions and European Member States’ competent authorities. They will share their experience and exchange strategic views exploring airside innovation in various panels:

  • Innovative tools for collaborative decision making and a holistic approach to integrated safety management,
  • Smart airport safety solutions based on artificial intelligence like sensors to report runway surface contamination and driverless vehicles,
  • Innovations in ground handling, including ideas for more automation and application of new technologies,
  • The future of urban air mobility and the integration of vertiports at aerodromes,
  • Airports as key enablers and facilitators of ever greener aircraft operations.

Registration is open via the link –

UK Transport Select Committee elects new Chair

Iain Stewart, MP for Milton Keynes South, was first elected in 2010 is a long time member of the Transport Committee and former Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) to the former Secretary of State for Transport, Sir Patrick Mcloughlin. Iain has also Chaired of a number of All-Party Parliamentary Groups (APPGs) including those on Smart Cities and the Future of Rail.

He can be followed on twitter here:

Mark your calendars
Transport committee Nov 29

The European Parliament Transport and Tourism Committee will sit on November 29th with a busy agenda, of particular note the Structural Dialogue with Commissioner Valean on the Commission Work Programme 2023 and other outstanding transport-related files.

Read the draft agenda at

EU Drone Days

The EU Drone Days event will also take place on November 29th, with the much anticipated publications of the European Drone Strategy 2.0

The new strategy will also include a section dedicated to Advanced Air Mobility.

For more information on these developments or any other transport and mobility policy topic please don’t hesitate to contact us.


Chris Mehigan

I am the Partner of Penta’s Transport and Mobility practice and have 15 years’ experience working in public affairs. I focus primarily on transport policy at the EU level. I specialise in dealing with heavily regulated sectors and helping our clients to develop and maintain networks with senior figures in the European Institutions. I am also a Certified Data Privacy Practitioner and provide advice on GDPR concerns.
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