POSTPONED: How can transport planning address the climate crisis? The health and wellbeing of everyone attending our events at The Building Society is our top priority thus we have decided to postpone all our events until mid-April or until the virus outbreak recedes and the world goes back to normal. We apologise for those who were looking forward to attending but we must make the decision based on the health and safety advice we are all currently receiving. 


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The Big Question: As a society, are we investing in the right infrastructure to benefit today and the future?

Infrastructure is the physical and organisational framework needed for the operation of society. In the UK, our roads, railways, airports, public buildings and housing are old and failing. The investment needed to maintain, fund and construct robust systems is short-term and often blighted by political meddling.

With levels of CO2 emissions continuously rising, it is essential for change at scale to happen but can only do so if nations, cities, businesses and society agree on a common agenda for immediate action. Transport, a common thread amongst all these actors is paramount to achieving low carbon futures.

This event will bring together a range of built environment experts to explore what tangible steps we can take now as a sector to address the climate crisis.

Speakers (more to be announced)

Stephen Bennet - Chair, Transport  Planning Society
Stephen Bennet is a Director in Arup's Transport Consulting Team based in London. He coordinates Arup's TPS Professional Development Scheme in the south of England, and is a trained PDS mentor. Stephen was appointed Chair of the Transport Planning Society in March 2019 and previously headed up the Board's Policy team and led the Transport Planning Day campaign in 2018.

Sonya Byers - CEO, Women in Transport
Sonya started her career as a transport survey enumerator before becoming a transport planner. She has since worked in management roles in a diversity and inclusion consultancy, global energy and facilities group, multi-brand recruitment agency, transport survey startup, Top 20 accountancy firm and global engineering group.

Joanna Ward - Associate Transport Planner, Elliott Wood
Joanna leads the transport team at Elliott Wood. Joanna is a highly experienced and motivated transport professional with over 20 years of experience working across the public, private and charity sector for a wide client base, developing sustainable transport programmes. She has written and presented extensively on the need to have more women in transport planning and governance. Joanna is a member of Women in Transport and a Board Director of the Transport Planning Society. She is a vocal advocate for walking and cycling.