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Watch again: DfT's rural strategy keynote at Smart Transport webinar

rural countryside in the UK

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.

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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.

It featured:

  • 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.

Watch the webinar

Smart Transport National Conference 2023

The UK’s largest two-day conference for senior private and public sector transport leaders and policymakers to work together to transform the UK’s transport network and achieve net zero will take place on 21 & 22 November 2023, The Eastside Rooms, Birmingham.

The high-level conference will bring together senior transport leaders who help shape transport policy and deliver its infrastructure.

It aims to promote best in class initiatives from the private and public sector and bring people together through networking, knowledge transfer and discussion and is seen as UK's largest, trusted and most credible transport conference to facilitate public and private sector collaboration.

The agenda will deliver a speaker faculty of 80+ expert speakers, including senior transport politicians, from the UK and beyond. And we expect an audience of 300+ delegates to attend. 

Speakers come from authorities and organisations such as: The Department for Transport, England’s Economic Heartland, Birmingham City Council, Transport for West Midlands, Midlands Connect, TIER Mobility, CoMoUK, Lambeth Council, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority, Enterprise Holdings, FedEx, Worldline and Cornwall Council.

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