On the 18th July Thirty4/7 Communications held the third of its industry round table events focused on the issue of de-carbonsing Wales. The focus for this event was 'Transport' and the vital role it plays in bringing Wales closer to its carbon-neutral targets.
Event partners Barton Willmore, Burges Salmon, Institute of Welsh Affairs (IWA) and Vectos joined the National Infrastructure Commission for Wales (NICW) and participants including the Traffic Commissioner for Wales, Design Commission for Wales, Transport for Wales, Bus Users Cymru, Community Transport Association and Confederation of Passenger Transport.
There are numerous challenges with addressing the transport infrastructure in Wales, and it is clear that in many cases, the current problems can’t be overcome purely by technical solutions – there has to be an significant element of people changing their behaviour, which is very difficult to manage.
Discussion ranged across a number of topics including:
How can public policy reduce the need for the public to travel (in general, but also, specifically, by car)
How can we reassess the strategic public routes across Wales. Currently its an East/West movement and what can be done to improve North/South journeys.
How can the transition to zero emission road transport be supported?
How can we ensure that there is balance between the different parts of Wales’ demographics (e.g. public transport in rural areas, versus urban centres.)
A full report of the event and feedback received was collated and is available upon request. Contact the team at Thirty4/7 Communications at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more.