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Virtual Smart Transport Conference to offer solutions on boosting transport outside cities

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The latest Virtual Smart Transport Conference will examine the best ways to ensure rural communities are not left behind by new transport policies and technologies.

Campaign for Better Transport, Enterprise and British Gas will all look at what can be done to make sure rural communities don’t lose out on all the investment and development going into making sure city centres achieve their decarbonisation targets.

The event takes place on June 8-9 and is free to attend.

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Silviya Barrett, head of policy, research and projects at Campaign for Better Transport, will present a session based on the organisation’s latest research for the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Left Behind neighbourhoods and Local Trust on poor connectivity in deprived left behind areas.

This research found residents in these areas are more reliant on public transport (due to low car ownership) but public transport links are poorer.

It highlighted the need for more ‘hyper-local’ investment and for local authorities and communities to work together to address local needs.

This breakout session will also look at the initiatives Enterprise has introduced initiatives outside cities to offer car clubs and demand responsive transport.

Importantly, Ben Lawson - Enterprise Vice President Strategy Europe, will look at how the business model can be made to work outside cities and will look at case studies from the work the company has already done in the Highlands.

The session’s presentations will be rounded out by Tom Hart, British Gas head of portfolio – energy management and electric vehicles (EVs), who will explore the issues that need to be overcome to help increase the adoption of EVs in rural and edge of city areas.

Live Q&A

Following the presentations, all three speakers will be taking part in a live panel debate, giving delegates the chance to send questions their way.

There will be eight breakout sessions across the two days (including transport outside cities) that will 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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