Jenny Jones, Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb, talking to Norman Baker from Campaign for Better Transport beside a campaign-branded double-decker bus
Campaign for Better Transport (CBT) advisor Norman Baker will discuss the measures the organisation believes are needed to get more people back on public transport at the Virtual Smart Transport Conference.
CBT's campaign, The Way Forward, calls on the Government to support public transport by actively encouraging people to use buses, trains, coaches and trams as Covid-19 restrictions ease.
Among the measures it wants to see introduced are an incentive scheme and flexible tickets that fit new travel patterns.
Baker, who was a Liberal Democrat MP for 18 years and served as both shadow transport secretary in opposition then as transport minister, will speak on day two (June 9) of the two-day online conference, which is free to attend.
He will also be taking part in a live panel debate with Richard Bruce, director of energy, technology and innovation at the Department for Transport and Lucy Mahoney, senior manager, walking and cycling at C40.
Among the other high-profile plenary speakers at the conference are:
- Kwasi Kwarteng, secretary of state at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), who will outline BEIS’s approach to decarbonising transport, particularly the electrification of the vehicle industry.
- Rachel Maclean, parliamentary under-secretary of state at the Department for Transport, who will discuss the industry’s future and its pivotal role in a ‘green recovery’ from the pandemic.
- Keith Williams, author of the Williams-Shapps Plan for Rail, who will speak about rail’s role in integrated transport, decarbonisation and innovation.
- Huw Merriman, chair of the Transport Select Committee, who will outline the steps the committee believes the Government should take to address transport decarbonisation
The conference also gives delegates the chance to join a number of breakout sessions on a range of topics: 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.
Conference website: conference.smarttransport.org.uk.