June is a very busy month in Nottingham for transport planners, businesses and groups interested in creating greener, more joined up transport services.
Three separate events are being hosted by the City Council with partners to show how transport can be planned to take advantage of technological and sustainable innovations, with ideas such as smart ticketing and low carbon transport which are already being pioneered here in Nottingham.
The series kicks off on June 16, with is the first Go Ultra Low Cities forum, which marks the start of free activities for the public and businesses to discuss the wide reaching proposals that form the region’s Go Ultra Low City programme, following the success of the Nottingham partnership’s OLEV fund bid. This provides a chance to see how Nottingham and the region will work towards becoming an exemplar for ultra low emission vehicles, including private cars, vans, buses, taxis and commercial fleets.
This will be followed on June 20-21 by the prestigious Intermodal conference, as transport planning experts meet to see solutions to issues raised by growing congestion, environmental concerns and the need for convenient private travel in an efficient, integrated transport network. Nottingham is at the forefront of many of the integrated transport development, including its smart Robin Hood travel card, electric bus fleets, low carbon vehicles and real time information signage.
Finally on June 29-30 the 14th Annual Transport Practitioners’ Meeting is in town. This is the annual meeting place for all transport planners, academics, highway engineers and urban transport designers. It will provide a lively debate of the most pressing sustainable transport issues and present the latest thinking across the profession.
Councillor Nick McDonald, Portfolio Holder for Business, Growth and Transport at Nottingham City Council, said: “Nottingham is delighted to be hosting these events and we will be sharing our views with local people, businesses and industry experts on how to put together a package of joined up transport services that provide successful and greener travel options for the future.
“It is no coincidence that the transport profession is coming to Nottingham. With our sustainable travel planning we are becoming the example that other cities wish to follow on green transport developments. It is more proof that Nottingham is rapidly becoming the UK’s green transport city.”