Town Centres and the Suburban Renaissance – Possibilities, Pitfalls and Potential Innovation: TRANSPORT Smart Class, London & SE England 2020 Retrospective


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With 350,000 residents living within 87 square kilometres, Barnet is London’s largest borough by population. At TRANSPORT Smart Class, London & South East England 2020, Philip Hoare, Barnet’s Head of Parking & Infrastructure and Environment Lead for Town Centres Recovery, explored initial COVID-19 responses and initiatives to revive and secure town centres like Barnet’s. Philip highlighted the benefits of suburbs experiencing increased activity, the risks associated with more vehicles and the importance of retaining and growing independent high streets. He also emphasised how infrastructure investments centred around radial links are leading to potential over-capacity in the city centre vs paucity of provision in the suburbs. With additional input from civil enforcement expert, Nigel Coltman, Philip’s keynote also explained why recovery must support a borough’s long term transport and environment strategy and asked what the near future will look like for Parking, addressing shifts in technology requirements, cashless payments becoming the norm, emissions based charging, reallocation of kerbside space, growing and credible levels of EV charging, increased emphasis and public acceptance of CCTV and appropriate uses of ANPR technology.

If you meet our regular delegate qualification criteria but were unable to join us for the live event on October 13th, CLICK HERE to complete the short “Download form” and we’ll e-mail you a unique link giving you free of charge access to all the presentation videos, recordings and slides (including a re-recording of Philip and Nigel’s presentation).

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 progressive city, borough, metropolitan, district and county councils; municipalities; public and private transport operators/service providers; regional transport partnerships, sub-regional transport bodies, combined authorities, integrated transport authorities and passenger transport executives; government and supporting national transport agencies; fleet operators, vehicle manufacturers, parking operators, prime contractors and other buyer side stakeholders.

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TRANSPORT Smart Class, London & South East England 2020

On 13th October 2020 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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