Local Transport Summit 2021

As the Transport Planning Society are supporters of the Local Transport Summit, we are pleased to announce that we have free and discounted passes available for our TPS members to attend the event.

We have free places available for our local authority members with just a small fee for the evening networking dinner and accommodation. We have also secured a 50% discount for our private sector members. If you wish to attend please contact the organisers jason@landor.co.uk quoting your discount.

The full programme and agenda for the event is available here and below:


The Local Transport Summit 2021

After two years of enforced separation we are delighted to advise that the 5th Annual Local Transport Summit will be taking place at the Brentford Lock Holiday Inn in the London Borough of Hounslow on Thursday and Friday 18th/19th November.

So much has happened over the past months that we are sure you will relish the opportunity to again get together with other professionals and consider where things now stand in the Local Transport landscape, and how best to tackle the current and emerging challenges which are asking new questions of our expectations, approaches and decision-making and funding structures.

As we're sure you are aware from either previously attending or hearing about this important event, The Summit brings together in a unique way senior people involved in UK local transport from a range of perspectives including political leaders and decision-makers, those responsible for strategy, system design and delivery within transport authorities, and others with a connection to the future of our local transport system as providers, advisors, researchers and activists. The event has the active and support and engagement of the Department for Transport and other significant professional bodies.

The event moves around the country and the host this year is the London Borough of Hounslow who bring political, business and community leaders together, to create strategic visions for this diverse and multi-faced the area, within the context of the overall London transport matrix. It has been pioneering new thinking in land use/transport planning and mobility provision, including the 15 minute neighbourhood concept and parking management.

The Summit content this year will embrace the strategic issues of post COVID behavioural change, Climate Change and de-Carbonisation (including alternative energy sources), new mobility choices and disruptive technologies, diversity and equality, and the impact of new government initiatives such as Levelling Up, and Future Mobility Zones etc as well as taking a look at how we consider the diversity of our places and people within our transport planning decision making.

There is an evening reception and networking dinner at the end of the first day at which we will continue discussions prompted by the preceding presentations and an address by an outside speaker, this year Garrett Emmerson, a leading transport planning practitioner who has been Chief Executive of the London Ambulance Service for the past four years who will reflect on his experiences in this most challenging role and some lessons he's learnt.

The programme is still being finalised but some of the other key speakers already confirmed are:

  • Stephen Fidler, Director, Local Transport, Department for Transport
  • Jessica Matthew, Director, Strategy and Private Officer, Department for Transport (tbc)
  • Charlene Rohr, Technical Director, Mott MacDonald
  • Victoria Lawson, Executive Director of Environment, Culture and Customer Services, LB Hounslow (tbc)
  • Jonathan Bray, Director, Urban Transport Group
  • Dr Louise Reardon, Senior Lecturer in Governance and Public Policy, Inst. Local Government Studies, University of Birmingham
  • Caroline Watson, C40 Cities (invited)
  • Sarah Matthews, Head of Transport Planning, Stantec
  • Richard Walker, ITS Leeds, Department for Transport
  • Katie Hall, Transport Planning Director, Systra (tbc)
  • Sharon Kindleysides, Future Mobility Thought Leader and Consultant
  • Stefanie O’Gorman, Director of Sustainable Economics, Ramboll
  • Thomas Ableman, Director of innovation TfL
  • Jo Field, Consultant and President of Women in Transport
  • Mark Frost, Chair of TPS and Director at Fern Consulting
  • Peter Harrop, Chairman, ID techEx
  • Keith Mitchell, Director, Stantec
  • Deborah Saunt, Director, DSDHA Architects and planners

There are three distinct elements to the event, broken down as:

  • Session A - Day 1 afternoon sessions 1.30 - 5pm: We will be looking at climate change and the consequences of COP26 along with the local transport landscape; where are we now and where are we going
  • Session B - Day 1 Early evening presentations looking at the new issues and the new solutions followed by the evening reception and Dinner 5.30- 10pm
  • Session C - Day 2 Morning presentations, panel discussion on the topics of uncertainty, political decision making, and diversity also followed by a leaving lunch 9.00- 1.30pm


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