Morning, Wednesday, 6th July 2022
This conference focuses on the way forward for transport in Wales.
It will be an opportunity for stakeholders and policymakers to discuss progress and next steps for Llwybr Newydd, which sets out the Welsh Government strategy with ambitions for:
- access to services and reducing the need to travel
- sustainable transport and improving the accessibility of electric vehicles
- coordinated infrastructure development, and the review of the road network
- reliability and accessibility of public transport across Wales, especially in rural areas, and customer experience
Delegates will look at what steps will be needed if these aims are to be achieved - as well as further measures that can be taken by both the Welsh Government and key stakeholder groups to improve transport provision in Wales.
We also expect discussion on the impact of further Welsh Government policy initiatives, including the Electric Vehicle Charging Strategy for Wales, Net Zero Wales, and the Wales Roads Review.
Overall, sessions in the agenda look at:
- Llwybr Newydd implementation - key challenges ◦ investment & support ◦ stakeholder roles & responsibilities ◦ reversing the decline in public transport during the pandemic
- sustainability - net-zero targets ◦ issues, opportunities & barriers ◦ achieving emissions reduction ◦ electric vehicle rollout ◦ delivery of charging infrastructure to meet anticipated need
- needs of communities - accessibility ◦ affordability ◦ reliability ◦ community engagement & influence ◦ new trends & work patterns ◦ concerns such as South Wales Metro facilities
- the Roads Review - looking ahead to the final report & priorities ◦ investment ◦ road capacity & usage ◦ environmental impact ◦ safety ◦ future-proofing ◦ assessment of key projects
- implementation and delivery challenges - the impact of the pandemic ◦ labour & materials shortages ◦ achieving a joined-up approach ◦ effective project management
- next steps for policy - priorities for sector & community stakeholders ◦ achieving the ambition for a transport system that will support prosperity & wellbeing across Wales into the future
We are pleased to be able to include a keynote session with Geoff Ogden, Director for Planning, Development & Advisory Services, Transport for Wales; as well as contributions from Arup; Cardiff Bus; Cardiff University; Network Rail; Riversimple; Sustrans Cymru; and Transport Focus.
The conference will be an opportunity for stakeholders to consider the issues alongside key policy officials who are due to attend from the Welsh Government; DfT; and DWP.