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 03: The Tyne and Wear Metro at 40 - A lunchtime conversation on what’s next for Britain’s innovation railway? - will take place on Wednesday 24th February from 1-2pm. The Tyne and Wear Metro is arguably the UK’s boldest and most successful post-war urban rail development. It’s also the bone structure of the region’s economy, identity and daily life. This conversation will discuss how the Metro came about in the first place, and explore what the future holds for this unique and pioneering light rail system.

The event features the panel:

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

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