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Next steps for urban transport in the UK - the future for policy, infrastructure, funding and investment, decarbonisation, innovation and best practice, and contributing to local economies and levelling up

December 2022


Price: £150 PLUS VAT
Format: DOWNLOADABLE PDF


This conference focused on the way forward for urban transport systems across the UK as they continue to face challenges around funding, congestion, surface transport emissions and changing passenger demands.


There was a keynote session with the NIC on models of excellence in urban mobility and priorities for Getting Cities Moving ahead of the second National Infrastructure Assessment due in 2023.


With further keynote contributions from the DfT, Transport for the North and Kanton Zurich, the agenda brought out insights into latest developments to decarbonise urban transport systems, looking at integration across current and future infrastructure, electrification, incentivising active travel modes, and long term plans for mass transit.


Delegates also discussed opportunities for reform, and for funding and wider support for both passengers and transport operators, as well as what more will be needed by those involved in the development of urban transport systems if the sector is to contribute to policy commitments to level up regions and communities in the UK.  


The conference was an opportunity for stakeholders to consider the issues alongside policy officials who attended from DfT; BEIS; Cabinet Office; DAERA, NI; DCMS; Defra; Department for the Economy, NI; Department for Infrastructure, NI; DIT; Department of Finance; DLUHC; NIC; The Geospatial Commission; House of Commons Library; IPA; ORR; Office for Product Safety and Standards; and Transport Scotland; and the Welsh Government - as well as parliamentary pass holders from both Houses of Parliament.


Overall, areas for discussion included:


  • supporting economic growth: the role of transport across cities - enhancing connectivity - designing new transport settlements for UK regions
  • transport decarbonisation: innovation in urban mobility - the role of mass transit systems - zero emission vehicle rollout - increasing active travel options - encouraging public transport use
  • infrastructure: priorities for investment in modernisation - creation and delivery of tailored and local plans - options for reducing congestion - adapting to the needs of ZEVs
  • behaviour change: responding to changing passenger trends and commuter journeys - securing funding and encouraging investment - improving reliability, accessibility, and safety
  • new administration: priorities for the future direction of government strategy - the future of levelling-up policy and the Transport Bill outlined in the Queen’s Speech 2022
  • long-term policy priorities: transforming transport networks across urban centres - opportunities for levelling up urban areas across the UK


This on-demand pack includes

  • A full video recording of the conference as it took place, with all presentations, Q&A sessions, and remarks from chairs
  • An automated transcript of the conference
  • Copies of the slides used to accompany speaker presentations (subject to permission
  • Access to on-the-day materials, including speaker biographies, attendee lists and the agenda