London’s transport network: Adaptation and evolution

We are pleased to announce a new series of events in partnership with Transport for London looking at transport planning in London and how it can adapt to shifts in demographics and geographies, and influence sustainable travel choices.

The transport network is vital to London’s sustainable and prosperous future. Large amounts of investment are being channelled into major projects to London and the South East such as Crossrail, as well as improvements to urban and suburban networks like the London Overground, accompanied with unprecedented levels of investment in cycling.

But pressure on London’s road networks is increasing with competition for space and capacity between a wide range of users. With the population and demographic changes that are predicted over the next 20 years, coupled with the need for a more environmentally sustainable system that helps London meet its climate change targets, a long-term and holistic approach to land use planning is needed.

Future of London, in partnership with Transport for London, will explore these challenges in more detail, with a number of workshops during spring 2013. These events will bring together a wide range of transport planning practitioners and academics, and will feature short presentations from speaker panels, as well as break-out discussion on key themes.

Registration is required. To register your interest in attending, please email and specify which event(s) you would like to attend. If you have secured a spot, you will receive a confirmation email. All events will take place at Palestra House, 197 Blackfriars Rd, SE1 8NJ.

Adapting to changing demographics

Tuesday, 19 March, 8:45am – 10:45 am

London’s population is growing faster than any previous predictions, from 8.2 million today to an anticipated 10 million by 2031. Particularly in light of the 2011 Census, the city needs to house, move and facilitate the employment of this growing and ageing population.

Key questions include:

• Are we grasping the extent of this growth? How do we accommodate long-term unpredictability in current plans?
• Is current planning adapting to the upwardly revised population predictions? How can land use, transport, infrastructure and housing practitioners respond together?
• How does planning accommodate an ageing population?

Confirmed speakers at this event are:

• John Lett, Strategic Planning Manager, GLA
• James Goodman, Deputy Director, Systems Innovation & Head of Futures, Forum for the Future
• Simon Nielsen, Head of Strategic Analysis, TfL

Challenging travel behaviours

Tuesday, 16 April, 8:45am – 10:45 am

London is facing health challenges over the coming years that are linked to increasing obesity and physical inactivity. At the same time, London’s carbon emission and air pollution reduction targets necessitate a city wide transport strategy that is as environmentally sustainable as possible. This session explores how London’s public transport system and transport infrastructure could contribute to healthier and more sustainable travel behaviours.

Key questions include:

• What can the smooth running of London 2012 teach us about transport planning? How can more sustainable transport choices be embedded into people’s day to day lives?
• Responsibility for public health is moving back to local authorities on April 1st 2013 after nearly 40 years in the NHS. What new opportunities and resources will this bring? Will this make it easier for boroughs to promote sustainable transport choices on public health grounds?
• What types of strategies are most effective in encouraging sustainable or active travel modes – for example, are changes to infrastructure required, or are campaigns that target behaviour effective? What are the deciding factors when choosing transport modes?

Confirmed speakers at this event are:

• Ben Plowden, Director of Planning – Surface Transport, TfL
• Lucy Saunders, Public Health Specialist, GLA and TfL
• German Dector-Vega, London Director, Sustrans

Shaping London’s transport network

Wednesday, 22 May, 8:45am – 10:45 am

Building on work by the Roads Task Force, this session explores how we plan and manage our streets, and examines how planning shapes and is shaped by geographic growth and change. As congestion worsens and the aspirations for quality of place and life increase, London must consider both the quantity and quality of its transport network when undertaking long-term strategic decisions.

Key questions include:

• Should the way we plan and manage our roads change?
• What is the connection between the urban realm and transport planning, and what should it be? How do we balance transport capacity of roads with liveable streets, places and neighbours?
• How do carbon reduction aims, anticipated growth and the changing lifestyle demands impact London’s spatial form?

Confirmed speakers at this event are:

• John Dales, Director, Urban Movement
• Peter Jones, Professor of Transport and Sustainable Development, University College London

Further speakers will be announced shortly.