21 September – Major Developments: Where are we going? Transport in the city
Coffin Mew are sponsoring Major Developments: Where are we going? Transport in the city , hosted by Brighton and Hove Chamber of Commerce.
Date: Wednesday 21 September 2016
Venue: The Clarendon Centre, 47 New England Street, Brighton, BN1 4GQ
In 1840 Brighton’s 50,000 strong population was served by public transport in the form of horse–drawn buses and the railway line to London.
Since then, the city’s population has continued to grow, business has continued to grow and the transport infrastructure has had to keep up. Brighton now has 100s of buses in the city, 100s of taxis, 100s of trains heading in and out of town and 1000s of cyclists negotiating their way around vehicles and pedestrians (some more successfully than others).
We’ve seen trams and tuctucs come and go and the Volks electric railway line (the oldest of its kind in the world) maintain its genteel presence on the seafront – but what lies ahead?
Mobile phone technology, GPS and the internet have transformed how we access and use public transport.
What new technologies can we look forward to seeing in the city?
How can we be sure that existing or future transport infrastructure will support the growing economy and business sector?
Our panellists will attempt to address some of these questions. Afterwards, there’ll be a Q&A with the panel and a chance to share your thoughts and ideas about the future of transport in the city, and what it means for Brighton businesses.
Martin Harris, Managing Director, Brighton & Hove Bus & Coach Co
Martin Harris is the Managing Director of the Brighton & Hove Bus Company, a service viewed as crucial to the city of Brighton. With the country’s highest level of bus use per head outside of London, the company carries over 50 million passengers across a network of 265 buses and 25 routes each year. Martin has seen proposals for Park and Ride arise many times. At this event Martin will be looking at the role of Park and Ride in the context of the future transport needs of the city and the changing face of the urban mobility market.
David Innis, Commercial Director, Govia Thameslink Railway
David Innis is the Commercial Director at Govia Thameslink Railway, another service very important to the operations of South East England. Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) operates Thameslink, Great Northern, Southern and Gatwick Express services and it is the largest rail franchise in the UK in terms of passenger numbers, trains, revenue and staff. GTR carries about 326 million passenger journeys per year, employs around 6,500 people and generates annual passenger revenues of approximately £1.3bn. From his experience of working with a range of teams both in and outside the business, David will be discussing what milestones and improvements are planned for the rest of the GTR franchise, which runs until 2021.
Mark Prior, Head of Transport, Brighton & Hove City Council
Head of Transport Mark Prior will be discussing how to keep the city moving, focusing on key projects that the Council is engaged in that aim to make the most of the network capacity. This will include some of the major infrastructure projects that aim to improve the network for cyclists, pedestrians, and car users, and smart city type projects like the BikeShare scheme.
Nick Hibberd, Acting Exectutive Director for Economy, Environment & Culture, Brighton & Hove City Council will be giving a short overview on ‘Transport in the City – the issues and challenges’.
Ellie Dobing is a freelance voice over artist, audio producer and media trainer. She is on the board of directors of Brighton’s Radio Reverb 97.2fm and also works with Brighton Gin.
To book your place, please click here.