12 August 2021 | Innovation | Collaboration | Net Zero

Public Policy Exchange webinar: Improving public transport

Improving Public Transport:

Boosting infrastructure and safety and promoting integration and innovation in local services post Covid

Date of Event: Tuesday, September 7th 2021

Time of Event: 9:30 AM — 1:00 PM

Place of Event: Webinar


  • Dr Suzanne Bartington – Honorary Consultant in Public Health at the University of Birmingham
  • Pam Turton – Transport Officer for Portsmouth City Council
  • Professor Peter White – Emeritus Professor of Public Transport Systems, University of Westminster
  • Emma Forde – Associate at Arup
  • Stuart Thomson – Head of Public Affairs, Government, and Infrastructure at BDB Pitmans
  • Alex Hornby – Chief Executive Officer of Transdev Blazefield
  • Michelle Sacks – Event host & Deputy Chief Executive (Place) Boston Borough Council and East Lindsey District Council


• Examine the efficacy of government support for public transport operators since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic
• Engage with the government’s public transport agenda, identify priorities for action and where further support may be needed
• Learn of successful community rail partnerships transforming under-utilised stations and engaging with local areas
• Discuss the future of big rail projects such as HS2, Northern Powerhouse Rail and the full Transpennine Route Upgrade
• Evaluate the ‘Bus Back Better’ Strategy and formulate strategies for taking control of local bus services and maximising passenger numbers and satisfaction
• Assess how local government and other stakeholders can assure the public that public transport is safe to use
• Explore methods of integrating high-capacity cycling tracks within existing rail and motorised public transport infrastructure
• Assess how to utilise public transport to tackle air quality blackspots in local areas
• Analyse how to support the adoption of new ticketing technologies to improve customer experiences
• Develop methods of supporting people with disabilities seeking spontaneous travel

Please click here for more information and to register your place.