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Emap launches 'Interchange' transport show and awards

Major developments across Europe are almost invariably predicated on integrated transport these days. Now Emap Montgomery, the joint venture between the AJ's publisher and the Montgomery Group, is launching a combination of conference, exhibition and awards to reflect the growing importance of this development type. To be called 'Interchange', the show will take place next April at the new ExCel exhibition venue in London's Docklands, and will fly the flag for progressive planning and development of transport facilities.

The relationship of the mega-schemes around Paddington Station in London and the launch of the Heathrow Express is an obvious example of a place where transport development is transforming the mental mapping of entire cities and their future development prospects. The Paddington interchange (as opposed simply to being an overground station) is an example of the evolution of this transport building type, where a single-mode terminal has moved to become the hub for mixed modes of transport - which could now be said to include an airport.

Another example will be the development which takes place at King's Cross and St Pancras over the coming decade. This will involve station renewal, major changes to the infrastructure of overground and underground services, new ticketing and arrival regimes, re-ordering of bus arrivals and exits, the introduction of, and provision for, the Channel Tunnel Rail Link, and so on. The £1 billion integration of the various transport modes, along with their operators and developers, will be accompanied by major mixed use redevelopment underpinned by the nature of the new interchange being created.

London & Continental Railways, which is leading the King's Cross redevelopment, is one of a dozen launch partners for the Interchange event, which will involve all sides of the transport industry, from government departments, through transport authorities and associations to professionals and user groups. Included on the Interchange advisory panel are architect Terry Farrell, whose own interchange projects include most notably the Kowloon station complex; Ove Arup transport director Malcolm Simpson; BAA construction director Andrew Wolstenholme; and Construction Products Association chief executive Michael Ankers. Other advisory board members come from government, the public sector, transport providers and user groups covering road, rail, underground and air.

Interchange will take place from 3-5 April 2001, with the opening conference, the Interchange Exchange, chaired by transport minister Lord Macdonald. The awards will take place at the Park Lane Hilton on 4 April.

The exhibition, the Interchange Showcase, will feature products and services from the construction and transport sectors.

Media backing will come from a variety of Emap titles including New Civil Engineer, Construction News, Rail Magazine, Fleet News and Local Government Chronicle, as well as the AJ.

More information is contained in the advertisement in this issue. Enquiries tel 020 7505 6617.

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