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Integrated transport focus turns to delivery

News Reported by Mark Hansford

WELSH TRANSPORT minister Sue Essex is to headline the ICE Wales conference 'Integrated transport: Wales on the move?', to be held in Cardiff on 17 May.

The conference, which will be chaired by ICE President Mark Whitby, has already attracted high profile figures from the transport industry, and is firmly focused on the delivery of integrated transport projects.

'The conference programme recognises that the time to define and explain integrated transport is past, ' said ICE executive secretary for Wales Denys Morgan. The time now is to judge how we are doing three years in.'

Morgan is keen to use the conference to raise public awareness of the integrated transport debate, making the attendance of ministers from the Wales assembly vital.

'Although transport professionals conduct closed debates, the 'great debate' with the public has hardly started, ' said Morgan.

'Until it is recognised that there is a serious problem to be resolved, and that we are all in it together, meaningful progress is unlikely.

'This conference seeks to take the debate to this next stage, ' he said. 'Arresting traffic growth must take place over the next generation, if the transport scene in the UK is to avoid disaster.

'Major changes in practice, attitudes, and expectations will have to take place, soon, and this conference is intended to help that process, ' said Morgan.

Road, rail and air travel will all be debated, with speakers from Cardiff Buses, the Strategic Rail Authority, the Air Transport Users Council and Sustrans putting forward deliverable strategies to bring about change.

An exhibition will run alongside the conference, with exhibitors from the across the transport industry. Issues covered will include telematics, bus support measures, parking technology and community transport initiatives.

INFOPLUS To register attendance, or for more information on exhibiting, contact Denys Morgan (029) 2063 0561.

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