A Transport Strategy for the East: TRANSPORT Smart Class, London & South East England 2021 Retrospective


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Transport East is the Sub-national Transport Body for Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex, Southend and Thurrock. Their vision is of a thriving economy for the East, with fast, reliable and resilient transport networks, driving forward a future of inclusive and sustainable growth for decades to come. The following challenges are being tackled through Transport East partnership’s new Strategy, to be published for public consultation. How can Transport East (with 24 district authorities, Two LEPs, Three Chambers of Commerce, National Highways, Network Rail and DfT speaking with “one voice” and working “beyond boundaries”):

  • enhance the lives of 3.5 million people living and working across diverse and growing urban and rural communities?
  • grow a £74bn economy, connect with neighbouring regions and support the UK’s global competitiveness?
  • level-up coastal towns along 500 miles of coastline?
  • support international ports to process over half the UK’s containerised freight?
  • reduce carbon emissions to Net Zero in a region where over 40% of total emissions come from transport?

Transport East’s Strategic Director, Andrew Summers, joined us for TRANSPORT Smart Class, London & South East England 2021 last month to share the thinking behind the strategy and detail the delivery pipeline for decarbonisation to net zero, connecting towns and cities, unlocking international gateways and energising rural and coastal communities in the East. Andrew’s keynote also revealed resident attitudes to travel modes (passenger transport is not attractive to customers and car-led recovery is a significant risk) and explained why some of the usual approaches to sustainable transport don’t quite work for the region. He also outlined opportunities for stakeholders to engage in the Transport East work programme, including Live Transport East projects such as the Transport Decarbonisation Pathway to Net Zero for the East, Future Integrated Transport Networks in the East, English STBs’ Rural Mobility Task Group, East of England action groups (Rail, Bus, Active Travel), Partnerships with National Highways and Network Rail, Active Travel strategy for the East (with Sustrans) and more!

If you meet our regular delegate qualification criteria but were unable to join us on October 7th for the live in-person event, CLICK HERE and complete the short “Download form” (at the bottom of the post) to receive a unique link enabling free access to the presentation video recordings and slides (including film footage and slides from Andrew’s keynote).

Those qualifying to receive the rich content from these presentations include commissioning, procurement, trialling and partnering leads, senior influencers, strategic decision makers and planners from: local authorities (e.g. city, borough, metropolitan, district and county councils); public and private transport operators; regional transport partnerships, sub-regional transport bodies, combined authorities, integrated transport authorities and passenger transport executives; highways authorities and road operators; government and supporting national transport agencies; fleet operators, vehicle manufacturers, parking operators, prime contractors etc.

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TRANSPORT Smart Class, London & South East England 2021

On October 7th we will be casting a spotlight over London and South East England, hosting our speakers discussions on how the latest digital innovations can help overcome the transport and mobility challenges faced by the capital, it's hinterland, burgeoning smart city-regions of the South East and East Anglia, and beyond.


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