Nottingham’s Council House will host a national conference on smart card transport ticketing this week and transport experts from the City Council and NET will be key speakers.

This annual Transport Card Forum event will take place in Nottingham for the first time in over 10 years tomorrow (Wednesday 23 September) and Thursday (24 September), and will attract transport operators and council representatives from all over the country and even from other European countries.

The event will showcase Nottingham’s integrated transport system, newly expanded tram network and range of smart travel cards, such as the Kangaroo. During the conference, delegates will get a demonstration of the tram system and the council-led smart ticketing retail network. They will discuss topics including social media, EU rules, facilities for disabled people and fraud prevention.

The conference is organised by Smartex Limited. Chairman Richard Poynder explained: “The main purpose of this conference and an accompanying exhibition is to bring together the main stakeholders in the smart ticketing and smart payment areas of UK public transport. We are aiming to develop ideas and strategies for improving the overall travelling experience, using novel technology primarily related to the use of smart cards and smart mobiles.”

Councillor Nick McDonald, Nottingham City Council’s Portfolio Holder for Jobs, Growth and Transport, said: “I would like to welcome the delegates to our city and hope they enjoy trying out our world-class tram network. Following on from the UK Light Rail Conference in the city earlier this year, this event shows that Nottingham’s reputation is growing as both a conference venue and as a city renowned for its integrated transport.”