Urban Transport Next events

Urban Transport Next is a series of one-hour, online events hosted by the Urban Transport Group.

Typically held at lunchtime, each event is a conversation about the future of urban transport, covering topics ranging from active travel and climate change to diversity and COVID-19.

The events are also made available on our podcast channels PodbeanAppleGoogle and Spotify, where you can subscribe. You can also play back the full videos on YouTube

 

The forthcoming event - Urban Transport Next 05: Sharing is caring - A lunchtime conversation on how shared mobility can play a bigger role in UK transport policy - will take place on Thursday 29th April from 12-1pm. 

The car is still king of the way that Britons get about. But car occupancy rates are low and whilst cars get bigger, they spend most of their time doing nothing. So, alongside modal shift, how do we make far better use of the vehicles we have? What role does shared transport have in meeting ambitious carbon targets? Is it time for the UK to become less ‘Top Gear’ and more ‘Car Share’?

The event will feature:

  • Richard Dilks, Chief Executive, CoMoUK
  • Greg Marsden, Professor of Transport Governance at the Institute for Transport Studies, University of Leeds
  • Interviewer, Jillian Anable, Professor of Transport and Energy at the Institute for Transport Studies, University of Leeds

Click here for further information or register here

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The first event - Urban Transport Next: 01 – The revolution will not be motorised… took place on Thursday 26 November 2020.

It featured:

  • Dame Sarah Storey, Sheffield City Region Active Travel Commissioner
  • Ben Still, Managing Director of West Yorkshire Combined Authority and the Urban Transport Group’s active travel lead, and
  • Xavier Brice, CEO of Sustrans (interviewer)

The conversation covered hot topics in active travel, from whether cycling is elitist, to how to maintain soaring cycling levels witnessed during the initial COVID-19 national lockdown.

You can watch the event or find out more information by clicking here

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The second event - Urban Transport Next: 02 – All on board? A lunchtime conversation on how to bring about a more diverse transport industry – took place on 28th January. It discussed how to bring about a more diverse transport industry that better reflects the people and places it serves.

It featured:

  • Staynton Brown, Director of Diversity, Inclusion and Talent at Transport for London
  • Joanna Ward, Women in Transport; Associate Transport Planner, Elliott Wood; Board Member, Transport Planning Society
  • Interviewer, Dr Clare Linton, Policy and Research Advisor, Urban Transport Group

You can watch the event or find out more information by clicking here

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The third event - Urban Transport Next 03: The Tyne and Wear Metro at 40 - A lunchtime conversation on what’s next for Britain’s innovation railway? - took place on 24th February. The episode celebrated the 40th anniversary of the Tyne and Wear Metro. The wide-ranging discussion took in the history of Metro, hearing how devolution was key in realising the initial vision and how the system has, and continues to be, a key part of the North East’s identity. The conversation also focused on how Metro has responded to the COVID-19 crisis and what its future will look like post-pandemic, with its new fleet of trains and potential extensions to the network. 

It featured:

  • Tobyn Hughes, Managing Director, Transport North East and Director General of Nexus
  • Huw Lewis, Customer Services Director at Nexus
  • Mike Parker, the former Director General of Nexus

You can watch the event or find out more information by clicking here

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The fourth event - Urban Transport Next 04: After the pandemic - A lunchtime conversation on what the future looks like for urban transport - took place on 25 March 2021. The episode explored what the landscape for public transport might look like post-pandemic. The conversation touched upon how taking both a rational and emotional approach could encourage people back to public transport; the use of technology and communications to manage returning commuter peaks, and the role of on-demand public transport services in this new, COVID-19 world.

It featured: 

  • Mohamed Mezghani, Secretary General, UITP (International Association of Public Transport)
  • Laura Shoaf, Managing Director, Transport for West Midlands and Chair, Urban Transport Group
  • Interviewer, Philipp Rode, Executive Director, LSE Cities

You can watch the event or find out more information by clicking here