Future Communities


Cities seem to be the main focus for future innovation and policy agendas. How should cities manage congestion, pollution, and safety in stressed and dense environments? But very importantly how can our towns, villages and the countryside not be left-behind?


Day One


Futuregazing: utopia or dystopia for our communities?


This session looks further ahead to the future and is designed to challenge many of our assumptions. If we looked afresh at the needs of our communities and where new technology and investments are currently being focussed, what do we need to do to create a future which benefits all?


Dealing with the complexity of multiple emissions zones

Case Studies

Increasingly urban centres across the UK are looking at, and now implementing, different restrictions on commercial and public service vehicles’ entry. Transport operators will share their strategies on optimising their fleet in an environment which is moving, complex and hugely challenging.


City logistics – how to make urban deliveries easy

Case Studies

Our cities rely on the efficient delivery of goods and services, but there is fierce competition for road space from other forms of transport and activity. In this session we will discuss how urban logistics can be made more efficient, sustainable and less impactful on the streetscape.


What infrastructure is required for the future?

Panel Discussion

Changes to demography, to technology, to how we organise our lives and business activities, all impact on the type of infrastructure we will need in the future. Our panel will discuss our future infrastructure needs and what new finance models, engineering and technologies will make these investments possible.


How to deliver green logistics, transport and energy through good planning policies

Expert Opinion

Logistics plays a fundamental role in our economy, but its environmental impact cannot be ignored. In this session we will discuss the role of good planning by authorities in helping achieve a reduction in emissions and providing a sustainable logistics system.  


Day Two


Creating a vibrant future for our rural communities, here’s the plan.

Expert Opinion

Rural communities are often forgotten when we talk about future, with so many new transport concepts focussed around cities where population density makes business cases easy. For the future success of our country, we need to think differently about how to deploy technology and build operating models which deliver for all people and communities. Our experts will share their approaches to achieving connected, thriving, modern rural communities.   


How do we achieve unmanned deliveries?

Expert Opinion

If there is to be a business case for investing in autonomous commercial vehicles, then the problem of how to enable deliveries without human intervention needs to be solved. Our panel will discuss technology and operations which would help enable this, as well as changes needed in planning and transport policies.


Can Clean Air Targets be achieved by using carrots rather than sticks?

Panel Debate

The current approach to reaching air quality targets or improving air quality in local areas is centred around bans, charges and restrictions. But is there a quicker and less economically impactful way to incentivise travel and transport by cleaner methods?   


Aligning Central/Regional/Local government policies/strategies – do we have solutions?

Panel – Solving Problems

Devolution has brought many benefits, but the coordination of the different governments and administrations -local, regional and national - has made planning, investment and policy making more challenging. Our experts, from all areas of the United Kingdom, will share their approaches to joining up strategies, plans and investments across bodies with different responsibilities so that communities’ transport needs are met and so they can thrive.


Consolidation centres: when do they work and not work?

Case Studies

Consolidation centres are sometimes thought as a silver bullet to lower emissions and reduce traffic. Done well, they can help achieve this; done badly they reduce efficiency and increase operating costs. We'll learn from the experience of four of the best centres in the UK.


The cities of the future: bringing the vision to life

Introductory Session

Our cities are the centre of social and economic activity. Governments at local, national and international levels are tasked with designing strategies that balance social and economic activity with the sustainability of their cities. What investments do we need to prioritise and what are the best ways to achieve this?

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