Sunil Budhdeo

Transport Innovation Manager Coventry City Council

Sunil has over 35 years’ experience in the Traffic, Transport and ITS Industry. He joined the industry as an Installation Engineer, progressing his way up Corporate ladder to a senior position. After several years working within the Industry, he joined Leicester City Council.

Working at Leicester, as a senior Engineer his role was to set standards within the industry and Local Authorities. As a key member of the Sector Schema standards committee, he helped in paving the way forward for the industry to have a common and progressive standard for all operatives.

After joining Nottingham City Council as an operations manager, his work to set some standards for the industry carried on and successfully delivered the most efficient tram network, the first Colour and Symbolized Car park Guidance system and the first digital Bus lane enforcement system in UK.

Joined Coventry City council in 2010 as UTMC Manager, responsible for the UTMC , Highway Network Development team and Managing the Response and Monitoring services.

Successfully implemented UK’S first 4G Mesh network in Coventry, introduced Pay On Display Machine, RTPI, CCTV, ANPR Cameras and Wireless Vehicle Detection that use the 4G Mash network for communication.

Successfully completed various innovation project, funded by the European Union FP7, H2020 programme Coventry and Warwickshire LEP. Exploited the technology to secure funding for other CAV projects funded by Innovate UK and the DfT such as UK Autodrive, UK Cite and Parking Platform with other key partners. Supporting Coventry University with their transport related R&D projects. Delivered the first demonstration of an Autonomous vehicle driven on the streets of Coventry, introduced Micro Mobility as part of MaaS. Lead PM for Future Transport such as Urban Airport (E-VTOL), Micro Mobility, intelligent Controlled /uncontrolled Crossing, Electrification of transport modes which will be operational in a City environment.

A member of the UTMC Standard and specification development group, TDI & TTF group and Chair of Yunex Traffic User group and the Siemens user group, the desire to be innovative and set a high standard within the Transport Sector carries on.  

My Speaker Sessions

Thursday 16 June 2022


Panel Discussion: Practical innovation at the operational level

10:20 - 11:00 Strategy Transport Network/Mobility Theatre
  • What does innovation mean on the ground?
  • Barriers to practical innovation facing local councils and how to overcome these
  • Translating innovation from the senior level to practitioner level
  • Accelerating innovation and increasing buy-in

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