Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum

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Next steps for transport in the North of England - devolution of transport powers, infrastructure investment, and improving regional connectivity

TO BE PUBLISHED July 2020


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


This conference will examine the future of transport in the North of England.
The agenda:


  • Assessing the devolution of transport powers to the North of England;
  • Next steps for combined authorities - utilising transport powers, investing in infrastructure and creating a sustainable transport network;
  • Priorities for northern transport - funding arrangements, project delivery and improving passenger experiences;
  • Increasing regional connectivity - creating capacity on the transport network, supporting regional growth, and upgrading infrastructure:
    • Developing international connectivity across the North of England - increasing transport links to major airports and driving regional growth;
    • Investment in the strategic road network and responding to increased road traffic demand;
    • Upgrading the North’s rail infrastructure - the Great North Rail Project; and
    • The future of High Speed 2, and implications for the wider transport network and services.
  • The future of Northern Powerhouse Rail.

Areas for discussion:


  • The COVID-19 epidemic - we expect discussion on its impact on transport services and their operators and services, and on policy and programmes going forward, including:
    • changes that may be needed as the response to the crisis develops, and
    • the support that could be required.
  • Improving transport in the North of England, looking at key issues including:
    • the role of devolved bodies - including Combined Authorities and sub-national transport bodies,
    • delivery of new infrastructure and - assessing plans that will have the most impact on tackling congestion in the network and driving growth, and
    • the operation of an integrated and sustainable transport network.
  • Devolution, looking at the opportunities it brings in transport, with:
    • Combined Authorities - such as the Liverpool City Region and Greater Manchester both utilising their new powers to introduce a new bus franchise model, and
    • Prospects for increased regional responsibilities - the announced White Paper on English devolution, and a commitment to increase the powers and investment available to regions.
  • Roads - priorities for improving the North’s strategic network.
  • Rail services across the North of England, looking at:
    • future operations and how to improve services and passenger experiences, and
    • implications of the Oakervee review, the Integrated Rail Plan, and commitments on HS2 for future rail infrastructure in the North.

Developments that are relevant to the discussion:


Funding


  • Focus in the Budget on infrastructure investment in projects like rail and road, to help increase productivity across the whole country; and
  • The eight combined mayoral authorities being given a £4.2bn five year funding settlement, in addition to the Transforming Cities fund, to help cities improve their transport networks.

Rail


Roads


  • The Government’s Road Investment Strategy 2 being published which sets out future investment priorities for Highways England;
  • The strategic studies on the Trans-Pennine Tunnel, Northern Trans-Pennine and Manchester north-west quadrant projects; and
  • The bid submitted by Transport for the North to the National Roads Fund.

Buses and cycling


Policy officials attending:


Our forums are known for attracting strong interest from policymakers and stakeholders.


It’s certainly the case with this one. Places have been reserved by officials from the Department for TransportMHCLGBEIS; the Cabinet Office; the Department for International TradeHM Revenue & CustomsHomes England; the National Audit Office; the National Infrastructure Commission; the Office of Rail and Road and Transport Scotland.


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


  • full, four-hour programme including comfort breaks - you’ll also get a full recording 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



Price: £95 PLUS VAT
Format: DOWNLOADABLE PDF


Shortly after every Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum seminar, a briefing document is produced. This is distributed to all delegates on the day as well as to our policymaker contacts in government, and to stakeholders more widely.

A seminar publication provides a timely record of proceedings, and acts as a guide to the latest thinking on current policy issues for those unable to be at the event.

This publication includes

Presentations

Contributions from keynotes and panellists, including accompanying slides*
*Subject to approval


Delegate Pack

Information from the day, including delegate list, biographies and agenda

Q&A

Transcript of questions and comments posed to speakers from attending delegates


Articles

Supplementary articles from speakers
and delegates