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Improving transport connectivity between the nations of the UK - consensus and coordination, funding and infrastructure, and the Union Connectivity Review

Morning, Tuesday, 24th August 2021


***Full-scale policy conference taking place online***

This conference will examine the UK Government’s Union Connectivity Review, which is looking at options for greater transport connectivity between the nations of the UK across transport modes, including road, aviation, and sea - with recommendations due for publication in Summer 2021.


Areas for discussion include:

  • the Union Connectivity Review - examining its ambition, the potential scope of its recommendations, and issues for implementation
  • consensus and collaboration - assessing the varying priorities for connectivity across the nations of the UK, and the role of regional and local stakeholders
  • implementation - key issues for infrastructure development, planning, and funding
  • road networks - policy and design, reliability and priorities for development, and enabling the system to enhance cross-nation trade and achieve low-carbon transport goals
  • rail transport - addressing barriers to cross-border connectivity, dovetailing with regional transport plans, and strategies around economic growth and business ties
  • air and maritime - latest thinking on how capacity can be boosted and reinforced across the UK, as well as priorities for reducing barriers and differences between Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Attendees

Our forums are known for attracting strong interest from policymakers and stakeholders. Places have been reserved by parliamentary pass-holders from the House of Lords, and officials from the Climate Change Committee; the Competition and Markets Authority; DAERA, NI; the Department for International Trade; the Department for Transport; the Government Legal Department; the Office of Rail and Road; Transport Scotland; the UK Space Agency; and the Welsh Government. Also due to attend are representatives from Barton Willmore; British Ports Association; Burges Salmon; First Class Partnerships; LDA Design Consulting; London Forum of Amenity and Civic Societies; Pascall and Watson; Pinsent Masons; University of Cambridge and Waterman.


A press pass has been reserved by a representative from Transportation Professional Magazine.


Overall, we expect speakers and attendees to be a senior and informed group including Members of both Houses of Parliament, senior government officials involved in this area of public policy, together with other stakeholders from across the UK transport sector including public transport operators and their advisors, airlines and aviation groups, urban and city planners, local government and community leaders, infrastructure and logistics firms, consumer bodies, researchers from academia and higher education, as well as reporters from the national and specialist media.


This is a full-scale conference taking place online***

  • full, four-hour programme including comfort breaks - you’ll also get a full recording and transcript to refer back to
  • information-rich discussion involving key policymakers and stakeholders
  • conference materials provided in advance, including speaker biographies
  • speakers presenting via webcam, accompanied by slides if they wish, using the Cisco WebEx professional online conference platform (easy for delegates - we’ll provide full details)
  • opportunities for live delegate questions and comments with all speakers
  • a recording of the addresses, all slides cleared by speakers, and further materials, is made available to all delegates afterwards as a permanent record of the proceedings
  • delegates are able to add their own written comments and articles following the conference, to be distributed to all attendees and more widely
  • networking too - there will be opportunities for delegates to e-meet and interact - we’ll tell you how!

Full information and guidance on how to take part will be sent to delegates before the conference



Keynote Speaker

Bridget Rosewell

Commissioner, National Infrastructure Commission

Keynote Speaker

Bridget Rosewell

Commissioner, National Infrastructure Commission

Chairs

Craig Williams MP

Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group on Wales in the World

Wendy Chamberlain MP

Chief Whip and Spokesperson for Scotland, Wales and Work and Pensions, Liberal Democrats

Speakers

Liz Crowhurst

Head of Infrastructure, CBI

Jonathan Spruce

Director, Fore Consulting and Fellow, Institution of Civil Engineers

Tim Foster

Interim Strategy and Programme Director, Transport for the North

Professor Mark Barry

Professor of Practice in Connectivity, School of Geography and Planning, Cardiff University

Robbie Owen

Partner and Head of Infrastructure Planning and Government Affairs, Pinsent Masons

Joe Fyans

Head of Research, Localis

Richard Leonard

Head of Network Strategy and Development, Highways England

Seamus Leheny

Policy Manager - Northern Ireland, Logistics UK

Graham Bolton

Chair, British Aviation Group

Paul Hirst

Partner, Head of Transport, Addleshaw Goddard

Gareth Williams

Head of Policy, Scottish Council for Development and Industry

Justin Atkin

Representative - UK and Ireland, Port of Antwerp

Shamit Gaiger

Director, Strategic Advisory, AECOM