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Day One – Session One

10:00 – 12:00

Future Horizions – Decarbonisation (Room One)

Daniel Fisher, Appraisal and Analysis manager - Transport for Greater Manchester
Christopher Robinson, Associate - SYSTRA

As we are facing a climate emergency, one of the questions we need to ask ourselves is, are current transport appraisal techniques appropriate for valuing schemes in the context of the growing urgency to reduce transport sector carbon emissions?  
Emily Buddin, Transport Planner - Arup
Rob Goodall, Associate - Arup

The Public Realm and Movement Strategy for St Helier encapsulates the Government of Jersey’s ambitious aim to achieve carbon neutrality by 2030. Streets will pave the way to this greener future, but how do we capture the complex characters of streets in the middle of a global pandemic? In developing the strategy, a series of bespoke street types were developed collaboratively with the Government and stakeholders, using a new dynamic approach to street assessments, utilising Arup’s in-house uMove software. The strategy identifies a series of radical proposals to stimulate transformative change to movement patterns in Jersey, starting at the capital.
Jolyon, Drury, Director - Surge Logistics Consultants
Morag Robertson, Logistics Manager - Jacobs

Government policy to prevent the sale of internal combustion private cars and light vans by 2035 is a serious societal challenge across the UK in general and for rural communities in particular. Whilst accepting the overwhelming need to decelerate the rate of climate change, it should be recognised that a “one size fits all” approach to decarbonising transport will not achieve the desired outcomes. The paper discusses what makes the rural environment unique and the implications for policy making.
Lisa Bloomer, Managing Consultant - Atkins / SNC Lavalin
Tasmin Macmillian, Managing Consultant - Atkins / SNC Lavalin

"Global warming and climate change as a result of greenhouse gas emissions, including carbon emissions from transport, require urgent global action. Atkins has been working with Surrey County Council (SCC) to respond to the challenge head on and develop a transformational, ambitious Local Transport Plan (LTP4). Our paper will present an evidence-based, real-life application of developing polices across a countywide area to achieve the rapid decarbonisation of transport required to meet the net zero 2050 target. We will present our lessons learned and provide transport practitioners with inspiration for delivering similarly highly ambitious transport plans."

Our Neighbourhoods – Place Making (Room Two)

Kylie Nixon, Associate Principal - Arup
Catherine Bennie, Senior Traffic Engineer - Arup

With growth in the network in recent years, greater demand for additional park ‘n’ ride, developer interest in creating transit-oriented communities and in recognition of the significant rail infrastructure being delivered and upgraded in both our urban and regional areas, there was a need to finalise work-in-progress updates to the current 2015 PTIM. The transformation of TransLink’s PTIM over the last ten years to the document it is today has not occurred without its own ‘vision’ to provide users with sufficient direction and a common language to guide conversations at all stages of a project’s lifecycle. It has also been shaped to aid the clarity and efficiency of development assessment approvals and to provide a reference document for state and local government funded PT facilities.
Mital Kedia, PhD Student - Monash University
The over- dependence on cars started affecting the sustainability and liveability of our urban environment. The study builds on the need for decarbonising the transport sector and connecting urban design qualities with cycling to develop a more comprehensive bicycle friendly design looking into micro- scale elements. The study analyses urban environments of two streets in Melbourne and evaluates how the performance of the urban design facets compare to the street’s WalkScore and cycling participation metrics. Thus, the importance of various urban design elements as perceived from the perspective of a cyclist is brought to the forefront.
Annabel Precious, Technical Director - Wood PLC
With many of our towns and cities being subject to significant housing growth over the next 10 years, it is vital for public realm in town centres to be able to cater successfully for active travel opportunities. The attraction of the town centre area for more than retail purposes has come into strong focus since the pandemic, public realm improvements within our town centres are vital to make them places people want to visit. The public realm needs to provide an attractive and welcoming environment for pedestrians to walk within, whilst providing opportunities for local businesses to be accessed by servicing vehicles, markets or outdoor eating, as well as use by active travel modes. How do we go about designing these spaces, and catering for the needs of all users? Using project examples from Leicestershire, we will summarise the main findings from these projects.
Lucy Marstrand-Taussig, Technical Lead – Walking and Cycling - Metis Consultancy
The Public Sector Equality Duty and The Equality Act require councils not to discriminate on the basis of age, gender, pregnancy or disability. But the words ‘inclusive design’ or ‘equality’ tend to conjure up an image of someone who is disabled or blind rather than someone with the other characteristics. And yet “Children and young people are covered by the Equality Act and should be encouraged to participate through appropriate engagement methods.” (page 24, LTN 1/20). Children’s freedom is conversely correlated with the increase in motor traffic. So restraining traffic, whether via LTNs or other means, will particularly benefit independent child mobility.

Travel Demand Management – Network Resilience Live Lab (Room Three)

Stuart Lester, Data Innovation Lead - Transport for West Midlands
Data and testing can record numbers, types and speeds of vehicles traveling, but also begin to understand the types of people in the vehicles, and therefore predict the choices they will make. The RTCC is taking and collating the data, enabling information to go back to the public, giving people the timely, purposeful information to make decisions – a key element of our overall approach to travel-demand management. We tested different ways of getting this data. We iterated through it and decided against deploying anything ourselves and are focused instead on working with existing providers.
Mark Babington, Head of Safety, Security and Emergency Planning - Transport for West Midlands
The Regional Transport Coordination Centre (RTCC) has been introduced in the West Midlands to support better, intelligence led, data driven, decision making. The RTCC acts a hub for real time transport information, operating across all modes of transport. Primarily, the fixed assets workstream in the Network Resilience Live Lab was to deploy a number of Static Automated Traffic Counters, capitalising on video analytics to create a new 24/7/365 data set. It has been possible to deploy road based assets with relative pace, ensuring partner engagement, legislative compliance and taking advantage of win/win opportunities.
Sarah Bayliss, Human Intelligence Manager - Transport for West Midlands
Teaming up with Connected Places Catapult, and strategic marketing agency Trinity McQueen, TfWM were able to develop a range of traveller segmentation from over 3,000 participants using mostly qualitative data based on common profile data such as location, travel behaviour, affluence, and attitudes to technology. These were split into a cohort of 48 people. From here, they were able to develop 14 traveller personas that represented individual people and households that typifies people within a segment, reflecting the needs of the wider group, and focusing on goals, mindset, and situations.
Deborah Fox, Head of Demand Management - Transport for West Midlands
With a £2.65 million grant from the Department for Transport as part of the ADEPT Live Labs programme, the Network Resilience Live Lab developed an integrated model using fixed assets, data and testing, and segmentation through granular personas to better manage congestion and keep the Midlands moving. Building partnerships with local councils, West Midlands Police, and utilising our Regional Transport Co-ordination Centre, we can see how the network is performing and if travel demand management interventions have an impact on people and so the performance of the network, by measuring what people did differently.

Realising Assets – A Post-COVID World (Room Four)

Keith Homer, Managing Consultant - MM Transport Planning
Buses are the most used local public transport mode but often unsung by politians, planners and the media. That has been changing and in early 2020 we were on the cusp of a new era: Government promised a national strategy for bus services, backed by powers in the Bus Services Act 2017 - authority-led network partnerships, multi-operator ticketing and digital information services. The Covid-19 pandemic has paused many initiatives but now it's timely to start planning for service renewal with buses central to economic growth, social inclusion and environmental sustainability - using good data analysis and goals-orientated reasoning.
Nick Richardson, Technical Principal - Mott McDonald
Bus services have changed drastically as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. Travel patterns have changed, particularly for journeys to work and for shopping, the two main reasons for bus use. The pandemic has created an opportunity to re-think how bus services should be provided and how recovery in the bus market could be achieved.
Daniel McCool, Senior Transport Planner - Arup
Natalie Gravett, Graduate Transport Planner - Arup

Decarbonisation of transport requires an improved public transport system that can attract new passengers and deliver mode shift. This report is aimed at helping the public sector to define its post-COVID vision of a future integrated transport network to meet local policy objectives and practical steps to shape new mobility around this vision rather than a wait and see approach. In such a system, better digital (mobile ticketing, MaaS) and physical (mobility hubs) integration of mobility options such as e-scooters and shared bikes could be guided to improve first/last mile journeys to stations instead of competing for market share.
Tom Hacker, Associate - WSP
In March 2020 the UK Government Awarded the West Yorkshire Combined Authority £317m of funding to deliver its plan to transform the city regional transport network. At the heart of this plan is a vision to connect people to economic and education opportunities through affordable, sustainable transport. We would present with the Combined Authority the lessons learned and outcomes from delivering the UK’s largest transforming cities programme and how this is helping to support the decarbonisation of the transport network and associated challenges.

Innovation and Technology – Think Pieces (Room Five)

Jonathan Spear, Transport Policy and Strategy Advisor
This Paper investigates disruptive technologies and service models changing the transport sector, evidence emerging on potential impacts, and how transport agencies and organisations across the World are responding to the challenges they pose in policy, regulatory and organisational terms. The focus is on early results of research being conducted between 2020 and 2023 by the World Road Association, PIARC, including findings of a global survey of transport organisations on disruptive technologies conducted at the end of 2020. Whilst the focus is on medium- to long-term trends, the more immediate implications of the COVID-19 pandemic will also be considered.
Florencia, Cinalli, Senior Consultant - Momentum Transport Consultancy Firm
Governance has a fundamental role in socio-technical transitions, in this case, moving away from private car ownership to shared mobility systems. A successful transition depends on articulating negotiations and coordination within and between the public and private sectors. To effectively promote the breakthrough of this niche innovation, it is essential to adjust the existing institutional structures, and my paper exposes the fundamental reforms required. Through the outlined changes, decision-makers will be able to think through, agree on priorities, and channel shared mobility’s development as an integral part of an efficient, sustainable, integrated and equitable mobility future for cities, which best satisfies both local and global needs.
Sayed Faruque - Edinburgh Napier University
The research mentioned in this paper provide insight into future DC use for carsharing and ridesharing. With this view, a survey was conducted among Edinburgh population to unearth the sharing possibilities with underlying factors of present sharing, personality, social-norm attitudes and demographic characteristics. These collected data was assessed through econometric analysis to understand the relative significance of these factors in DC sharing attitudes. This research outcome might help form the policy framework for DC carsharing and ridesharing scenarios encompassing pricing, journey planning and environmental. Behaviour and social inclusion of DC sharing is a crucial policy outcome in this respect.
Alex Sargent, Principal Engineer - WSP
With the release of Gear Change, LTN 1/20, and challenges faced by sustainable transport schemes, benefits management is now more important than ever; to ensure our original project ambitions can make it through to implementation. We explore scenarios, exaggerations, and stories based in reality to look at examples of where benefits could be lost in planning and design and construction, and how we can empower our delivery teams and co-professionals to speak up and advocate for the benefits of a scheme.

Sustainable Planning – Active Travel (Room Six)

Susmita Das, Senior Consultant - Steer
This study examined different options for improving the bike share scheme in Brighton such as including adjacent local authorities and adding e-bikes to the fleet. A single operator regional scheme offers higher trip opportunities while minimising costs. This helps meet policy objectives of providing sustainable and inclusive travel options and also generate good value for money (benefits to costs ratio of 2.4:1). Introducing e-bikes can generate higher usage (making longer distance trips possible) as well as help improve long-term financial viability (by charging differentiated tariff for e-bikes) of the scheme. The study also considered the potential impact of shared e-scooters.
Will Pratt, Principal Transport Planner - Devon County Council
An overview of the Emergency Active Travel Measures in Exeter. A targeted approach using modal filters and identifying minimum number of interventions enabled delivery of two cross city cycle routes for under £100,000 of EAFF funding, resulting in Exeter highlighted as delivering the longest amount of new cycle route outside London.
Scott Cain, Senior Research Fellow - UCL / King's College London
Karla Jakeman, Innovation Lead – Connected Transport - Innovate UK
Professor Glenn Lyons, Mott MacDonald Professor of Future Mobility - University of the West of England

This paper considers the concept of Combo Travel: human-powered mobility in combination with one other motorised mode (bus, train, tube, car, etc.). This holds the prospect of improving mobility services, public health and economic prosperity. The paper’s purpose is to understand what insights already exist concerning Combo Travel, identify new considerations or possibilities, and outline recommendations for future research and innovation that could help advance the concept in the UK. The topic is distinct from the popularised concept of Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS). Combo Travel is focused on enabling active travel; whereas MaaS is largely focused upon selling access to (motorised) mobility.
Stacy Dowding, Technical Director - WSP
This presentation provides an overview of Kingston’s Mini Holland programme and includes insights into innovative design, challenges overcome, and lessons learned specifically on the Kingston to Kingston Vale, and Kingston to New Malden routes. In March 2014, the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames was one of three boroughs selected to receive Go Cycle programme funding, an initiative of the Mayor of London and TfL to invest in projects that prioritise walking, cycling and public transport to create a healthier, cleaner and more inclusive city. The presentation considers design development, consultation, traffic modelling, research, and COVID-19 impacts.

Day One – Session Two

12:30 – 14:00

Future Horizons – Freight and Logistics (Room One)

Ian Brooker, Associate Director, Logistics - Jacobs
Chris Douglas, Technical Director - WSP
This concept for a community logistics hub has been developed as part of Urban Design London’s Urban Challenge programme. The logistics hubs would provide a wide range of services to support local businesses and residents and would enable zero emission last mile and first mile logistics.
Adam Bardsley, Consultant - AECOM
Detailed research has been undertaken to consider how freight is decarbonising. This includes the alternative routes to decarbonisation being followed by road, rail, air and water freight. The research found that road and air freight are the largest carbon contributors, however commitments have been made both in the UK and internationally by all freight transport modes. Despite targets being set, the freight sector as is still playing catch up with others such as the UK energy sector, and it remains to see whether these targets will be met and the impact these will have.
Raj Sharma, Adam Bardsley, Iwona Solak - AECOM
Detailing how the Freight Operators Recognition Scheme (FORS) adapted to COVID-19 to safeguard the scheme, support its members and comply with the new government regulations. This paper covers the actions taken by the scheme such as employing new technology, information provision and financial support for members and how this led to the scheme upholding its integrity while remained financially sustainable, only seeing a seven per cent fall in membership. This paper will also look at the future implications COVID-19 will potentially have on the scheme itself and wider freight sector going forward.

Our Neighbourhoods – Future Spaces (Room Two)

Dr. Paulo Anciaes, Senior Researcher - University College London
Two new online and publicly-available tools to generate options for reallocating roadspace, considering the needs of all road uses (both movement and 'place') and a range of economic, social, and environmental objectives. The user inputs the road uses and objectives that should be prioritized. One tool then selects options from a library of 210 possible types of interventions, and shows information on designs, suitable context, examples, and empirical evidence on effects of each option. Another tool generates detailed roadspace allocation designs, in cross section, showing all possible combinations of design elements that fit into the available road width.
Asa Thomas, PhD Researcher – Active Travel Academy - University of Westminster
This paper will examine the various ways School Street measures have been approached and their implications for achieving policy goals. Based on the findings of a research project consisting of interviews with a number of practitioners, it will explore the tensions and contradictions between these approaches. These findings will provide insight into how different scheme designs and wider policy choices might influence the potential for School Streets measures to effect change, particularly focusing on modal shift. It will argue for a holistic approach to School Street scheme design and point to further avenues for research and scheme evaluation.
Paul Jackson, Strategic Development Consultant - Tracsis
Dick Vincent Marketing Operations & Delivery Advisor - Canal & River Trust
Using an innovative combination of AI technology, direct observations and social media monitoring the Trust set up studies in urban and rural locations to help understand the behaviour of those using towpaths and to evaluate physical and social interventions in ways that we haven’t be able to do before. The data on pedestrian and cyclist usage patterns across the intervention sites will help inform policy towards managing increased demand for active travel in often constricted environments. The findings will be relevant to other shared space situations to help inform the effectiveness of alternative measures.

Travel Demand Management – Tools and Techniques (Room Three)

Helen Corkey, Policy Lead, Local Transport Management - Department for Transport
Deborah Fox, Head of Demand Management - Transport for West Midlands
Rose McArthur, Technical Director - Mott McDonald
DfT, Mott MacDonald and TfWM will present on how a Travel Demand Management led approach was used to support the return of students to education in September 2020 against the backdrop of the first national lockdown and an estimated 300,000 seat shortfall in capacity on public transport due to social distancing. The presentation will include background on the collaboration between State and Local Government as well as
Deborah Fox, Head of Demand Management - Transport for West Midlands
Travel demand management as a professional discipline continues to grow. TfWM wants to share its learning with the wider sector. In 2021, this has included responding to the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. We want to share the enhanced use of data and intelligence, new travel segmentation and partners presenting ‘one version of the truth’.
Jim Doxford, Project Sponsor - Highways England
Travel Demand Management (TDM) aims to influence transport demand, by addressing travel behaviour (how, when, why and where people travel) in order to increase the transport system efficiency and achieve specific planning objectives. TDM presents a powerful and effective tool that can mitigate the impact of roadworks on customer satisfaction, improve congestion on roadworks areas, and help mitigate associated environmental impact, and contribute to the effective delivery of roadworks schemes.

Realising Assets – Levelling up Regional Rail (Room Four)

Andrew Clark, Senior Rail Programme Manager - Midlands Connect
This paper will outline some of key interfaces associated with providing a new direct rail service between Coventry, Leicester and Nottingham. It will focus on how the business case provides clarity for funders in spite of major unknowns and interfaces, notably the timetable on existing rail corridors and the timeline and shape of HS2. It also requires a major infrastructure intervention at Nuneaton to provide a new route between the West and East Midlands. However, the prize is considerable, backed up by a strong economic case and clear scope to drastically improve on the current 3% rail mode share.
Richard Mann, Rail Strategy Lead - Midlands Connect In our initial Midlands Connect Strategy, we were asked by government to focus on improvements to connectivity at a Midlands scale, and specifically at (1) east-west connections and (2) to build on the expected arrival of HS2 in 2026/2033. Have the new STBs (subnational transport bodies) created new boundaries – are we ignoring cross-boundary connectivity? In the current refresh of our strategy, we have been looking at this cross-boundary connectivity. Should we be working with our neighbouring STBs on improving connectivity, or should we concentrate on our internal flows, and leave inter-regional to be covered by national government?
Amanda Stone, Strategic Transport Planner - Transport for the North
The TfN Long Term Rail Strategy set out Desirable Minimum Standards for amongst other things, frequency, train speed and connectivity. My role in TfN is to develop the evidence for improving journey times and to improve the business case for journey time improvement projects by reducing their cost and enhancing the benefits case. This is important because such projects have rarely happened because the reasons for speed restrictions were often not recorded and line speeds were inconsistently applied. Each engineering discipline – track, signalling, structures – would be asked to assess what would happen if speeds were raised, and would then argue for investment to fix potential issues with higher speeds. Optimisation of asset capability was not a consideration.

Innovation and Technology – The Energy Dimension (Room Five)

Dr Ralitsa Dragomirova - Oxfordshire County Council MaaS:CAV was a CCAV co-founded feasibility study, exploring future mobility solutions as a synergy between connected and autonomous vehicles, their impact on the transport network depending on the modes introduced (pods and/or shuttles) new business models and smart infrastructure needed to support more sustainable, effective and inclusive transport in Bicester – the fastest growing town in UK.
Matt Croucher, Associate Director - WSP
A transition to EVs is key to decarbonising transport. Common questions include: What does the future recharging ecosystem look like, how many and what types of charger, will the private sector deliver, and what is the role for the public sector? WSP have developed EVReady to prepare detailed forecasts to identify future charging requirements. A key role for the public sector is to consider how to ensure comprehensive and equitable coverage, and accelerated roll-out. To deliver this critical infrastructure for decarbonised transport, it is essential we are planning ahead now, ready to meet the demands of a fully charged future.
Lorna Stevenson, PhD Researcher - University of Westminster
Burnt by dockless bikes and reading negative headlines from around the world – why would a local area choose to opt-in to an e-scooter trial? What role do planners and politicians hope e-scooters will play in their transport offer, how do they plan to deliver a successful scheme and how will they know if e-scooters are working for them? I present early research examining motivations for joining trials through public statements and practitioner interviews. Is sustainability, flexibility, safety or economy the winning argument? How are schemes monitored locally, and how does this link to initial goals?

Sustainable Planning – Not on the High Street? (Room Six)

Harry Potter, Director - Parking Perspectives Ltd
Councils are rushing to go cashless. This paper presents financial models for the collection of parking fees made by cash compared to cashless. While collecting cash presents a number of costs and going cashless presents a number of advantages, Councils should be clear what the financial cost of that move is.
Neil Poulton, Technical Director - WSP
WSP have developed a unique approach to help clients account for human behaviour around transport choice, particularly in the first and last mile of travel. This has been achieved by layering user propensity (behaviour) insight/data with national accessibility and census data. Our approach gives clients access to a richer view of their addressable mobility market considering emerging / future modes and services which may not yet be fully mature. The approach has been deployed with sub-national transport body England’s Economic Heartland (EEH), and a digital product has been built for local authorities to access and interrogate their data.

Day One Workshops

14:00 – 15:00

Day One Workshops

Dr James Beard - Mott McDonald
Martina Juvara, Director - URBAN Silence

The development of Garden Communities has been at the foundation of the government programme to deliver housing. The mantra has been that only by developing at the large scale we can secure a good enough infrastructure benefitting the country. The problem is that they are developed using tools and planning frameworks that reflect our past and end up promoting car movement above everything else. The workshop will investigate three ways to find a resolution through a panel session and drawing from the experience of participant, concluding with a position statement and policy recommendations for all built environment professionals.
Tremaine Bilham, Community Engagement Officer - Sustrans
Kasia Duck, Project Lead - Sustrans

The Wick Street Design Project, led by Sustrans Scotland, placed relationship building at the core of its engagement strategy. This created a team of active project champions within the community. With the project team, they co-delivered an intensive collaborative design process that empowered local people to influence a concept design for their high street. Join this interactive knowledge sharing session to learn from the success of this project and explore tools and techniques for building relationships with community stakeholders to strengthen your engagement processes and build support for changes you want to make.
Giulio Ferrini, Head of Built Environment - Sustrans
Over the course of 2020, we saw a proliferation of LTNs across London and the UK. While many were designed to redirect through traffic onto the appropriate roads, and make short car journeys more convenient by foot or cycle than by car, the design of others was set to fail. This workshop will introduce the key design principles behind low traffic neighbourhoods, as well as the main lessons learnt over the past year. Bring your virtual or physical pen and paper, and get ready to develop and design your own best-practice LTN.
Tim Gent, Technical Director - Atkins / SNC Lavalin
This workshop will consider the importance of the trip end in transport planning, and how they provide a vital link between land use and travel demand. Trip ends help us understand why and where people travel, and how travel could change in future. The workshop will provide example data and tools, and reveal how trip ends can help consider future scenarios including Zero Carbon and post-Covid. This will be accessible to all transport planners.
Brian Deegan, Principal Design Engineer - Urban Movement
In 2020 the Junction Assessment Tool was launched nationally as part of the Cycle Infrastructure Design (LTN 1/20) and established a simple way of measuring the level of service for cyclists at signal-controlled junctions. In Greater Manchester Urban Movement has been using a bespoke version which includes consideration for pedestrians. We would like to share that system with the transport planning community as we feel it will be a useful tool for appraisal. Many signal-controlled junctions have no dedicated facilities for pedestrians and so a simple way of highlighting this to stop it happening is needed.
Judith Hayton, Principal City Planner - Transport for London
Delivering an inclusive transport network is vital for London’s social, environmental and economic success. However, our current understanding of the travel inequalities among different sociodemographic groups is limited. Our ambition is therefore to explore ways to demonstrate our progress towards a more inclusive transport network and ultimately a more inclusive society.

Day One – Session Three

15:30 – 17:00

Future Horizons – Planning (Room One)

Annette Smith, Technical Director - Mott McDonald
It is increasingly accepted that planning our transport future by looking in the rear-view mirror is no longer fit for purpose. Past trends are no longer a good prediction of future trends. Uncertainty dominates. Taking practical examples from across the UK and internationally, this TPM play (taking its inspiration from Dickens) will take us through the FUTURES (Future Uncertainty Toolkit for Understanding and Responding to an Evolving Society) Toolkit and the impact of vision-led transport planning. Learn along with Scrooge!
Alistair Baldwin, Senior Specialist Transport Planner - Newcastle City Council
Kelly Shuttleworth, Research Assistant - Institute for Government

Our project compared the use of evidence in transport policy in the UK, Sweden, Netherlands, New Zealand and Germany, interviewing more than 50 academics, politicians and advisors across the countries. We conclude that while the UK has a strong analytical framework for transport policy, it needs to embed good practice for transport evaluation. The government should further open up its decisions and consider an overall strategy across modes of transport.
Professor Glenn Lyons, Mott MacDonald Professor of Future Mobility - UWE
University of the West of England Scenario planning helps you to envision the future and can be especially important when needing to make sense of deep uncertainty – something now pertinent to transport planning. This paper provides insights into the different ways in which scenarios (depictions of alternative credible future states) can and should be developed and to what ends. It offers advice on how to help ensure the scenario development process is credible, how to produce a coherent set of scenarios and how to ensure they are used to engage key stakeholders and to enable policymakers to confidently develop their strategic thinking and plans.

Our Neighbourhoods – And Breathe (Room Two)

Harry Tainton, Graduate Air Quality Consultant - AECOM
This paper considers current technologies and policies in the transportation sectors that are pertinent to discussions of how best to manage poor air quality. The fine balancing act between technological innovation or behavioural change is addressed and is followed by a discussion of which may be the more effective path to go down in ensuring improvements in air quality.
Paul Byron, Technical Director - WSP
Priya Mistry, Transport Modeller - WSP

Simon Statham, Head of Technical Programme - Midlands Connect The project sought to ‘slice n dice’ carbon emissions in a way not done before to enable Midlands Connect to more fully understand the ‘problem’ and develop a targeted decarbonisation pathway. WSP developed a bespoke metamodel which opens the door to adaptive and responsive transport policy, in tune with the latest data trends and transport models. Outputs can be interpreted at multiple levels, thus creating an innovative approach to estimating transport emissions, appropriate for the transport policymaking of tomorrow. The work produced some surprising results which could challenge some preconceptions of what policies and solutions will have the biggest impacts.
Nick Ruxton-Boyle, Director of Environment - Marston Holdings
The BANES Clean Air Zone [CAZ] is the first of its type in the UK. Not the largest CAZ, it launched in March 2021 in the middle of the CV19 Pandemic and fully integrated with Central Government services and the supply chain. A class C charging zone, which does not include cars, this paper will present how the scheme came to be, the challenges in developing and delivering the scheme in the current climate, its benefits, limitations, interdependencies, what we can learn from this type of Government mandated solution and what the future may hold for the City.

Travel Demand Management – Build back better (Room Three)

Graham Banks, Travel Demand Manager - Transport for Greater Manchester
Travel Demand Management (TDM) aims to influence transport demand, by addressing travel behaviour (how, when, why and where people travel) in order to increase the transport system efficiency and achieve specific planning objectives. TDM presents a powerful and effective tool that can mitigate the impact of roadworks on customer satisfaction, improve congestion on roadworks areas, and help mitigate associated environmental impact, and contribute to the effective delivery of roadworks schemes.
Libby Gibson, TDM Planning and Delivery Manager - Transport for London
In this presentation, the TDM team at TfL will outline learnings from working with industry to help enable and encourage more efficient deliveries. They will also explore the opportunities to forge new habits as consumer routines change moving into recovery. They will focus on: • The impact of deliveries and servicing in London • The way the pandemic has affected these trends • Recent collaborative work with industry to reduce congestion • Suggested areas of focus as we move into recovery
Emily Herreras-Griffiths, Head of Travel Demand Management - Transport for London
In this session, Emily Herreras-Griffiths, Head of Travel Demand Management at TfL, will break down how they rose to the many challenges posed by the unprecedented and unpredictable situation. Focusing on five key elements of the response, Emily will explain how TfL managed demand using data, customer communications and stakeholder engagement to enable the smooth operation of everything from working with businesses in London to getting children back to school safely and sustainably.

Realising Assets – Case Studies (Room Four)

Kylie Nixon, Associate Principal - Arup
With growth in the network in recent years, greater demand for additional park ‘n’ ride, developer interest in creating transit-oriented communities and in recognition of the significant rail infrastructure being delivered and upgraded in both our urban and regional areas, there was a need to finalise work-in-progress updates to the current 2015 PTIM. The transformation of TransLink’s PTIM over the last ten years to the document it is today has not occurred without its own ‘vision’ to provide users with sufficient direction and a common language to guide conversations at all stages of a project’s lifecycle. It has also been shaped to aid the clarity and efficiency of development assessment approvals and to provide a reference document for state and local government funded PT facilities.
Jon Harris, Director - Gloucestershire Community Rail Partnership
Gloucestershire Community Rail Partnership is a new Community Rail Partnership set up in April 2020. Although only functioning for a period of 9 months this CRP has been very effective in gaining wide support from local authorities, transport operators and community stakeholders, and attracting funding.
Chris Burridge-Barney, Assistant Transport Planner - Devon County Council
This paper discusses the value of Devon’s financially-supported (subsidised) bus network, in terms of impacts on employment, health and wellbeing, the environment and the costs of travel. A Cost-Benefit Analysis shows the overall Benefit-to-Cost Ratio (BCR) of Devon’s financially-supported network to be approximately 2.2, representing “high” value for money, with much of the benefits taking the form of consumer surpluses, option/non-use values and increased physical activity. Questionnaire responses from bus users also suggest subsidising services could help alleviate social isolation in a rural context.

Innovation and Technology – Design Tools (Room Five)

Laura Lewis, Technical Principal - Mott McDonald
Wellesley Road tram stop in Croydon is a narrow space which has insufficient space to accommodate both tram stop users and through pedestrians. Future developments in the area are set worsen problems of overcrowding and also impact the performance of the network. This paper describes the user-centred and behavioural approach which was taken to generating design options for an improved tram stop design. This included observations to understand how design influences people’s walking and waiting behaviours and using the insights obtained to drive design options which met the needs of passengers and pedestrians.
Benson Kin Ho Hung, Lecturer - Vocational Training Council
This project focuses on the Infrastructure Building Information Modeling implementation with the applications of Virtual Reality and other similar technologies in the delivery of transport infrastructure projects. The attempt in employing new emerging technologies can push the boundaries of classic survey methods. Comparatively, effective measures can be tested in a virtual environment with an evaluation of road performance, behaviour of road users and the resulting safety risks. The project aims to present the applications of emerging technologies and appreciate the pros and cons of such technologies with possible alternatives for use that can secure sufficient level of road safety.

Sustainable Planning – Inclusive Planning (Room Six)

Harry Potter, Director - Parking Perspectives Ltd
To encourage people back into the High Street post-covid, some Councils offer free parking. A survey of over 100 shoppers parking at such a car park, in Billericay, was completed in August 2020 following the first lockdown. This paper quantifies those who had come to that High Street location on account of the free parking, and those that had not. Given the cost to public finances of such measures, this paper concludes that free parking may not be a cost-effective tool and suggests other approaches that might be more suitable.
Dr. Beatriz Campos, Principal Consultant - Atkins / SNC Lavalin
Pedestrian safety should be safeguarded as part of all strategies seeking to encourage active, sustainable travel. However, there is a general lack of methodologies to assess the cost benefit of various interventions and how to prioritise them based on existing budgets and time scales. The Benefit Cost Ratio can be used as a tool for prioritisation of different interventions; the methodology is simple to use by any professional in the area whist being robust and credible. The methodology could also be applied for cycling schemes and other user modes and help guide the design of future interventions.
James Beard, Technical Principal - Mott McDonald
Corinne Marti, Principal Consultant - Mott McDonald

The impact of transport systems on vulnerable users has come under increased scrutiny as the industry seeks to develop methodologies to assist with maximising benefits for different social groups. This paper will draw on recent examples of distributional impact analysis (DIA) for transport schemes in the United Kingdom to highlight how an integrated approach to these assessments can maximise the consideration of, and benefits for, vulnerable transport users.