Roll back to pre-Covid days. As transport professionals we of course recognised the challenges around the need for greater and more cost-effective capacity and reduced environmental impact, while embracing the opportunities from data, artificial intelligence, new modes and new business models.
Then along came Covid: remote working, home deliveries, reluctance to use public transport and social distancing have turned established transport strategy on its head.
Moreover, in doing so we’ve been challenged to think whether we previously tended to focus too much on prediction and process, expecting forecasts and models to give us certainty about the future, but missing the need to develop our transport thinking within the wider context of the outcomes we were hoping to achieve – happier, healthier lifestyles.
The fact is, and always was, that uncertainty is inevitable.
As we now look forward to a world after Covid, the outcomes we want our transport systems to support may remain pretty much the same, but our use of transport is likely to be very different.
As transport strategists, our challenge is arguably more philosophical than technical.
Our expert panel brings together some of the country’s leading transport strategists, not just to mull over problems, but to offer pragmatic ideas for establishing a new landscape that will serve the long-term needs of transport planning in the UK. We will address issues including:
It almost sounds like a manifesto…
Steve Gooding, Director, RAC Foundation
Steve is Director of the RAC Foundation a transport policy and research organisation that promotes informed debate on all aspects of motoring and road use. Before joining the RAC Foundation Steve was a Director General at the Department for Transport.
David Oliver, Global Transport Team Lead, PA Consulting
David is a Partner with PA Consulting Group and leads their global transport team. His primary area of focus is helping clients with strategy development, long term planning and securing long term investment. Prior to joining PA he provided strategic advice to the then Home Secretary, Rt Hon Theresa May MP, as her Principal Private Secretary.
Bridget Rosewell, Commissioner, National Infrastructure Commission
Bridget is an experienced director, policy maker and economist with a track record in advising public and private sector clients on key strategic issues. She has worked extensively on cities, infrastructure and finance advising on projects in road, rail and on property developments and regeneration.
Laura Shoaf, Managing Director, Transport for West Midlands
Laura is Managing Director of Transport for West Midlands – part of the West Midlands Combined Authority. She has more than 20 years international experience delivering integrated economic and spatial regeneration in the UK and in her native USA. She chairs the Urban Transport Group, the UK’s network of city region transport authorities.
Ann Zhang, Chair National Infrastructure Commission’s Young Professionals Panel
Ann is an economist with PA Consulting, specialising in policy design. She is passionate about supporting better decision-making and is currently Chair of the National Infrastructure Commission’s Young Professionals Panel which aims to give a stronger voice to the younger generation in decision making for infrastructure.