Local Transport Summit 2021


From Climate Change to Culture Wars: there's plenty to discuss!

by Peter Stonham and Jason Conboy

A top line-up of really excellent expert speakers have been signed up to bring their insights to bear across a range of challenging issues at the 5th Annual Local Transport Summit, taking place in London for the first time.

So much has happened over the past two years since the last Summit in West Yorkshire that this event is providing an extra-special opportunity for professionals to get together again and consider where things now stand in the local transport landscape, and how best to tackle the current and emerging challenges.

Among the topics being addressed are the strategic issues of post-Covid behavioural change; Climate Change and Transport Decarbonisation in the wake of the COP26 event; New Mobility choices and disruptive technologies; and the impact of new Government initiatives such as Levelling Up, Regional investment plans and Future Mobility Zones etc.

The DfT’s lead on local transport, Stephen Fidler, is giving an overview of the department’s approach in the light of the Spending Review.

There are also sessions exploring the impact on transport of the ‘culture wars’, and the need for greater recognition of diversity in both people and places when planning and providing transport.

The Summit strives to bring together senior people involved in UK local transport from a range of perspectives including political leaders and decision-makers, those responsible for strategy, system design and delivery within transport authorities, and others with a connection to the future of our local transport system as providers, advisors, researchers and activists. The event has the support and engagement of the DfT and other significant professional bodies, and is an important element of the LTT activity mix.

After events in Oxfordshire, Greater Manchester, Hertfordshire and West Yorkshire our host this year is the London Borough of Hounslow, a diverse and multi-faceted area, tackling transport within the context of the overall London transport matrix. It has been pioneering new thinking in land use/transport planning and mobility provision, including the 15-minute neighbourhood concept and pro-active parking management, which we will have the chance to learn more about. We also have some important contributors from TfL.

We are fortunate to have secured a number of exceptional speakers from beyond the ‘transport establishment’, especially those bringing new thinking to integrated, sustainable and smart mobility, and new approaches to decision-making and resource allocation to better reflect financial and environmental realities, and community priorities.

As regulars will know the format is a residential 24-hour ‘Chatham House rules’ discussion and participatory forum in a relaxed quality environment.

At our evening reception and networking dinner at the end of the first day continuing discussions are prompted by a group of preceeding ‘new ideas’ presentations, and we are delighted to have as after dinner speaker this year, Garrett Emmerson, a leading transport planning practitioner who has been chief executive of the London Ambulance Service for the past four years, and will reflect on his experiences in this most challenging role and some lessons he has learnt across his varied career.

With great content through to the end, The Summit concludes with a pre-lunch presentation of a brand new book by the DfT’s leading behaviourial insights advisor.

A great deal to learn from - and enjoy! Very many thanks to all our Speakers, Sponsors and Supporters who have made this possible, and in particular to Arman Farahmand-Razavi and Richard Walker for their hands-on programme organising help.

Peter Stonham, Editorial Director and Jason Conboy, Commercial Development Manager, LTT/Landor LINKS

Twitter Updates for LTT magazine

Watch the latest videos from the summit

Decarbonising Surface Transport

by Professor Greg Marsden

Garrett Emmerson shares Olympics and pandemic challenges

Download the event guide including three topical features…

  1. Replacing lost fuel duty revenues could drive both funding and behaviour change.
    by Arman Farahmand-Razavi
  2. Hope is not enough from COP26: a new way of planning for climate-friendly urban futures is needed now.
    by Martina Juvara
  3. Whose hands on the wheel - is transport beyond the graspof the sector's professionals now?
    by Peter Stonham
View and download

Event Programme and Timings

Day 1 – Thursday 18 November


Pre Summit Walking Tour

Walking tour of the Brentford Lock renewal area conducted by Richard Walker and The London Borough of Hounslow.


Tea and Coffee served during registration and delegates arrival.


Host's welcome and introduction

  • Cllr Steve Curran, Leader, Hounslow Council
  • Peter Stonham, Chairman, Landor LINKS
  • Richard Walker, Transport Planning & Policy Adviser, ITS Leeds / Department for Transport.

Climate change and achieving the required responses

  • A roundup of outcomes from the previous week’s global climate change conference introduced and facilitated by Richard Walker.
  • Video message from Professor Greg Marsden and Decarbon8 programme. Play
  • Observations by Keith Mitchell, Director, Stantec, on implications for local action in the UK.
  • Observations by Martina Juvara, Director, Urban Silence, on re-shaping planning. View

Comfort Break


UK local transport landscape: Where are we now and where are we going?

Session Chair: Arman Farahmand-Razavi, Chair, Friends of LTT.

  • Keynote presentation delivered by Stephen Fidler, Co-Director, Local Transport, Department for Transport. View

Panel discussion including:

  • Jonathan Bray, Director, Urban Transport Group.
  • Mark Frost, Chair of Transport Planning Society and Director at Fern Consulting.
  • David Christie, Growth and Masterplanning Manager, Transport for London.

UK local transport planning practice – innovating and responding to new needs

Session Chair: Andrew Forster, Former Editor, LTT magazine.

Presentations delivered by:

  • Sarah Matthews, Director Transport Planning, Stantec. View
  • Victoria Lawson, Director, Environment, Culture and Customer Services, London Borough of Hounslow. View
  • Deborah Saunt, DSDHA Architects & Urban Designers.
  • Stefanie O'Gorman, Director of Sustainable Economics, Ramboll.
  • Dr Malcolm Morgan, Place-based Carbon Calculator, ITS Leeds (tbc).

Tea and Coffee break


New Challenges and New Solutions: Expert speakers look to new ways forward

Session Chair: Peter Stonham, Chairman, Landor LINKS/LTT.

  • Thomas Ableman, Director of Innovation, Transport for London, on managing change and innovation.
  • Peter Harrop, Chairman, IDTechEx, on whatʼs next in automation and new energy.
  • Stuart Blackadder, Innovation Strategy Officer, Transport for Greater Manchester, on sharing the problem with cross sector thinking. View
  • Alan Woods, Business Development Director, Penham Excel and Tim Ashman, Director, TJA Associates, on tackling transgression and persistent evaders. View

Networking Reception


Sit down dinner with after dinner speaker

Garrett Emmerson, CEO of London Ambulance Service for the past four years, who will reflect on his experiences in this most challenging role and some lessons he has learnt from this and from his senior transport planning positions at TfL, Local Authorities and Consultancies.


Informal Networking

Day 2 – Friday 19 November


Reflections on day 1

Delivered by Arman Farahmand-Razavi – Chair of Friends of LTT.


Keynote presentiation: ʻFuture uncertainʼ

Delivered by Charlene Rohr, Technical Director, Mott MacDonald. View


‘Transport culture wars’ Uncertainty and instability in political and public discourse and its ramifications for transport decision-making and information exchange. What does all this mean for us as a profession?

Panel discussion chaired by Peter Stonham, Editorial Director, Local Transport Today including:

  • Charlene Rohr, Technical Director, Mott MacDonald.
  • Andrew Forster, Former Editor, LTT magazine.
  • Keith Mitchell, Director, Stantec.
  • Lucy Marstrand-Taussig, Technical Lead, Walking and Cycling, Metis Consultants.
  • John Dales, Director, Urban Movement.

Tea and Coffee break


How do we better reflect diversity in transport planning, in our own organisations, and for the places we create?

This session led by: Tom van Vuren, Regional Director UK & Europe, Veitch Lister Consulting & Visiting Professor, University of Leeds, will explore:

  • Sharon Kindleysides, Founder, Women in ITS Special Interest Group. How do we recognise who isnʼt in the room – and how do we hear their voices?
  • Jo Field, President, Women in Transport. Reflecting diversity of places and people in transport planning, with a focus on current Transport Planning Day campaigns.
  • Cllr Hanif Khan, Cabinet Member for Transport and One Hounslow (invited).

Summing up the future of the discussion

  • Richard Walker, Transport Planning & Policy Adviser, ITS Leeds/Department for Transport.
  • Peter Stonham, Chairman, Landor LINKS/LTT.
  • Jonathan Bray, Director, Urban Transport Group.
  • Keith Mitchell, Director, Stantec.

End note presentation

Pete Dyson and Rory Sutherland will introduce their brand new book ʻTransport for Humansʼ on behavioural science insights and transport. Dyson is Principal Behavioural Scientist at the DfT and Sutherland is Vice Chair of Ogilvy UK.


Networking Lunch and close of summit