A Smart Transport webinar featuring a keynote presentation by the Department for Transport (DfT) on how it can work with the private and public sectors in responding to rural transport challenges is now available to watch again.
The DfT launched a Call for Evidence in November 2020 as part of its Future of Transport: Rural Strategy to help identify key concerns and challenges.
It found people were dependent on cars because of poor public transport provision, those without a car faced social isolation and that communities suffered from a lack of key services, including education, healthcare and employment.
The Government is keen to work closely with local authorities and private companies to use innovative technology and services to tackle rural mobility issues, improve connectivity and accessibility to nearby towns and cities and deliver more low carbon transport options.
The webinar, hosted by Smart Transport chair Stephen Joseph, took place on 6 October.
- Michael Power, head of future of transport strategy at the DfT who will provide an update on the DfT Future of Transport: Rural Strategy
- Andrew Highfield, head of integrated transport, environment & infrastructure at Hertfordshire County Council on its experience in rural strategy/mobility
- Keith Kelly, head of partnerships, Enterprise Car Club who will outline the company’s experience in rural car share strategy and engagement
- James West, UK business development, Padam Mobility who will talk on its experience with delivering Demand Responsive Travel (DRT) in rural areas, experiences in rural strategy and reducing costs of travel.