Is integrating low carbon transport into the planning process, procedurally possible or flippant fiction?

With the gradual reduction of greenhouse gases the Transport Sector remains as the highest UK contributor. Expectations and the demands on travel have changed with time and convenience constraining sustainable travel choices. How can planning predict and respond to increasing demand and accessibility whilst decreasing the environmental impacts and achieving ‘better places’?

This conference seeks to review the conflict of Urban Design and Transport planning and what can be done to increase compatibility. There will also be a focus on government response to transport, how this is influencing local transport strategies and a reflection on the challenges of securing ‘better planning, better transport, better places’ against carbon reductions. The Better planning, better transport, better places advice has been led by CIHT in collaboration with the Transport Planning Society (TPS) and Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI). 


09.30   Registration and refreshments

10.00   Welcome & Introduction

Dawn de Vries, RTPI South West Chair 2020

How are the three major transport network providers responding to:

  • the Climate Change emergency
  • Adapting infrastructure to allow for sustainable growth
  • Capacity of the existing network being managed through the Governments Housing Growth agenda

10.10   Highways England – Balancing demand and promoting sustainable travel

Lisa Mc Caffery, Planning Manager at Highways England
Rachel Sandy, Highways England

10.30   National Rail – capacity of the network and working towards zero emissions
Daniel Round, Lead Strategic Planner – Western System Operator at Network Rail

10.50   Bristol Airport – their zero carbon journey
Paul Baker, Surface Access Strategy Manager at Bristol Airport

11.10  Q&A

11.35   Refreshment break

12.05   “better planning, better transport, better places”

Nick Small, Head of Strategic Development and the Built Environment (South) at Stagecoach

12.30   Trends in traffic and transport in relation to new development

Lynn Basford, Basford Powers

12.55 Transport and Urban Design: Making the connections:

Transport and urban design are two disciplines which must work as if they are one. Making the connections with urbanism, climate change and mobility will help deliver quality infrastructure projects that cut down emissions, reduce air pollution and provide more sustainable mobility choices. In addition, if practised together urban design and transport planning will create better places that people value and want to use.  

Richard Latcham, Director at Richard Latcham Ltd

13.20  Q&A

13.35   Lunch

14.30   Changing times needs a change of approach: Putting people, place and environment at the heart of Exeter’s transport strategy – this would describe how we are building place-making and impact of technology and innovation into our emerging transport strategy.
Jamie Hulland  Transportation Strategy & Road Safety Manager at Devon CC

15.55   Swindon – Transport Challenges on the Road to Growth
An overview of local experience in accommodating an ambitious growth program
Gerry Prodöhl, Principal Transport Manager – Major Developments, Swindon Borough Council 

15.20   Q&A

15.35   Summary

Dawn de Vries, RTPI South West Chair 2020

15.45   Refreshments

16.30   Seminar Closed

Venue: STEAM, Fire Fly Ave, Swindon SN2 2TA

Please register to attend here.


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