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The future for transport in Wales - Llwybr Newydd strategy implementation, the Wales Roads Review, investment, sustainability, accessibility, implementation, and priorities for communities and the sector

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 WalesNet 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 ArupCardiff BusCardiff UniversityNetwork Rail; RiversimpleSustrans 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.

Keynote Speaker

Geoff Ogden

Director for Planning, Development & Advisory Services, Transport for Wales

Keynote Speaker

Geoff Ogden

Director for Planning, Development & Advisory Services, Transport for Wales


Hugo Spowers

Chief Engineer and Founder, Riversimple

Michelle Roles

Stakeholder Manager for Wales, Transport Focus

Paul Dyer

Managing Director, Cardiff Bus

Christine Boston

Director, Sustrans Cymru

Professor Peter Wells

Professor of Business and Sustainability; and Director, Centre for Automotive Industry Research, Cardiff University

Helen Westhead

Associate, Arup

Sarah Reardon

Lead Strategic Planner, Network Rail

Senior speaker confirmed from Centre for Alternative Technology