Morning, Tuesday, 21st September 2021
***Full-scale policy conference taking place online***
This conference will be an opportunity to assess the next steps for developing urban and city transport systems in England - looking at priorities for long-term policy and support for delivering integrated transport services, as well as latest thinking on transport planning after COVID-19.
The conference takes place at a time of significant policy focus on city and urban transport development, and its role in economic growth and recovery in the wake of COVID-19 - with key policy related to this conference including:
- the 2021 local elections - with pledges among newly elected metro mayors to modernise transport systems across English cities, and rebuild finances from COVID-19
- the National Infrastructure Strategy - and its plans to deliver significant fresh funding in transport areas such as bus and cycling infrastructure, as well as the Levelling Up Fund
- the Government’s ongoing devolution agenda - including powers related to transport planning around finance and resources, and setting policy
- the final conclusion of the Williams Rail Review - with plans to deliver systemic change to the rail system, including the creation of Great British Railways, its coordination of passenger benefits such as digital and contactless payments, and more collaboration with local planners
- the Future of Transport programme - with overarching goals for mass urban transit systems and low-carbon transport options
- the Prime Minister’s Roadmap out of lockdown - including measures around social distancing, use and confidence for public transport, and the ongoing policy ambition for facilitating active travel
Overall, areas for discussion include:
- implementation and policy:
- linking transport network strategies and city business plans to support economic recovery
- stakeholder support and engagement
- creating large-scale, city-wide transport networks
- expanding inter-city connectivity and multi-modal access between urban areas
- opportunities presented by planning reform
- sustainability and serving user needs:
- urban decarbonisation plans
- active travel options
- enabling new mobility modes and services
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 Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport; the Department for Transport; the Government Legal Department; HM Revenue & Customs; the Joint Air Quality Unit; the National Audit Office; the National Infrastructure Commission and the Welsh Government. Also due to attend are representatives from the All Party Parliamentary Light Rail Group; Angel Trains; Dentons; Gardiner & Theobald; Imperial College London; Pascall and Watson; Pell Frischmann Consultants; Thurrock Borough Council; University of Cambridge and University of West London.
Press passes have been reserved by representatives from LAPV and RAIL.
Overall, we expect speakers and attendees to be a senior and informed group including Members of both Houses of Parliament, senior government and regulatory officials involved in this area of policy, as well as from stakeholders from transport planners and leaders of local government, representatives from infrastructure, engineering, and construction firms, transport operators and manufacturers, local enterprise partnerships, investment firms, legal and consultancy voices, passenger groups, academics, think tanks, environmental organisations, together with 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