Transport Planning
13 Oct 2011
Regeneration, Congestion, Sustainability and Behaviour Change. To be held at the Hallam Conference Centre 44 Hallam Street, London W1.

For those involved in transport planning, research and practice 2011 and 2012 will prove to be a challenge to their skills. Transport plays a key role in regeneration and there will be particular pressure to produce innovative and cost-effective solutions to congestion, safety and travel behaviour change at a time of major budget constraint.

This national conference and TV broadcast will focus on the needs of local government officers and politicians to ensure that sustainable, environmental friendly, affordable travel is achieved. Attendees will hear from Government, sector leaders and academics who will inform on best practice and future policy developments. This is the ‘must attend’ event for anyone working in local travel planning.

Programme
09:50
David Blainey, Board Member, Association of Transport Co-ordination Officers and Transport Operations Manager, Merseytravel
Welcome and introduction from conference Chair. Where are we now? An overview of local authority reaction to austerity measures.

10:00
Julian Feasby, Head of Internal Environment Management, Environment Agency
Putting theory to practice: the Environment Agency’s success at reducing the impact of travel, saving money and emissions

10:15
Stephen Joseph OBE, Chief Executive, Campaign for Better Transport
Financing local transport

10:30
Simon Edwards, Senior Research Associates in Transport, Newcastle University
Employing the best practice from the EU: response from the “New and Innovative Concepts for Helping European Transport Sustainability” (NICHES) project

10:45
Questions and discussion: Session 1
11:00
Refreshments, networking and exhibition
11:30
Feedback from Department for Transport’s Travel Demonstration Town - on implementing a financially beneficial cycling strategy
Ed Dursley, Sustainable Schemes Manager, Worcestershire County Council Michele Jones, Transport Policy & Strategy Development Officer, Worcestershire County Council

11:50
David Walters, Contracts Manager, Physical Environment, Staffordshire County Council
Case study: working to reduced budgets and making efficiency savings

12:10
Questions and discussion: Session 2
12:30
Norman Baker MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Department for Transport
Keynote Address: Local Sustainable Travel Fund: drawing lessons from the first round of approvals

12:50
Panel discussion: Where should limited funding be spent?
Session speakers to be joined by: Steven Salmon, Director of Policy Development, Confederation of Passenger Transport UK

13:10
Buffet Lunch, networking and exhibition
14:00
Seminar 1: Rural challenges
Innovative rural transport solutions: Community Transport vs Rural Bus Services: Paul Jones, Chief Officer, Calderdale Community Transport; Dave Pearson, Bus Services Manager, Metro.

14:00
Seminar 2: Innovation
Best practice in implementing, funding and promoting Independent Travel Training: Marie Rooney, Independent Travel Advisor, North Tyneside Council. Are trams the new old solution to increasing the use of public transport? Philip Hewitt, Director of London Tramlink, Transport for London.

15:00
Refreshments, networking and exhibition
15:30
Gillian Merron, Former Transport Minister and Chair, Bus Users UK
Afternoon keynote: Making it work for the user

15:45
Developing local solutions together: successful partnership working between local authorities and the independent sector
Kim Smith, Transportation Planning and Strategy Manager, London Borough of Greenwich Geoff Symonds, AEG, The O2

16:30
Close of conference