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Transport Minister Rachel Maclean to speak at Virtual Smart Transport Conference

 Transport Minister Rachel Maclean

Rachel Maclean, parliamentary under-secretary of state at the Department for Transport, will discuss the future of transport at the Virtual Smart Transport Conference, which takes place on June 8-9.

The conference, which is free to attend, will bring together senior public sector policymakers at national and local level, and influential private sector leaders from across the UK’s transport sector.

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The key themes of the conference are decarbonisation and the future of transport post-Covid-19.

As transport minister, Maclean has responsibility for the future of transport (including freight), and environment (including transport decarbonisation).

She will be speaking at the conference on the morning of June 9.

Maclean said: “It is hard to understate the impact of Covid-19 on the mobility sector: on transport operators, on innovators, the supply chain, and of course, on passengers. 

“The range of topics at this year’s conference highlights the importance of innovation in how the transport sector has been responding during the pandemic.

“Now, more than ever, it is important that we draw upon the UK’s innovative spirit to drive a Green Recovery and transform how people and goods move around.”

Maclean is the latest high-profile speaker at the event.  

Other confirmed plenary speakers include:

  • Huw Merriman, chair of the Transport Select Committee, who will outline the steps the committee believes the Government should take to address transport decarbonisation.
  • Anthony Smith, chief executive of Transport Focus, who will share insights from the organisation’s weekly surveys on how people feel about travel during the pandemic.
  • Beth Osborne, director of Transportation for America, who will provide a US perspective on transport, outlining the challenges and opportunities she sees within the US transport policy.

Eight breakout sessions across the two days will also pick up on the decarbonisation and Covid-19 themes.

The topics are: addressing urban air quality; place-based solutions to decarbonise transport; switching to electric; achieving modal shift; decarbonising freight; transport outside cities; data and new mobility trends; and universal and inclusive transport.

Smart Transport would like to thank its Headline Strategic Partners for their support with this virtual event including ABB, Centrica, Daf Trucks, Enterprise, FedEx, Geotab, LeasePlan, Liberty Charge, Macquarie, Raleigh, Renault and Worldline.

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Watch now: Connecting Policy To Solutions Virtual Conference 2021

Smart Transport Conference returned on June 8th & 9th, to facilitate pivotal discussions on the future of transport. 

The UK’s most senior public and private sector transport leaders discussed the impact of Covid-19, achieving the Government’s decarbonisation ambitions, the need for more efficient living and better health, and much more.

Keynote speakers included: 

Kwasi Kwarteng, secretary of state at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), who spoke on BEIS's approach to decarbonising transport, particularly the electrification of the vehicle industry

Keith Williams, co-author of the Williams-Shapps Plan for Rail, who spoke on rail’s role in integrated transport, decarbonisation and innovation.

Rachel Maclean, parliamentary under-secretary of state at the Department for Transport, who discussed the future of transport and its pivotal role in a ‘green recovery’ from the pandemic.


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