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The Sustainable Transport & Active Travel Summit 2023

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The summit has happened, but this is only the beginning of many more discussions and plans. If you missed the event, or want to look back on some of the sessions, slides and recordings are now available here.

In the News

  • When

    Friday 17th November 2023

  • Where

    The Welcome Building, Devonshire Park, Eastbourne, BN21 4BP

Click on + to find out about trains, buses, free Wi-Fi and other facilities at the venue.

The event is being held in the Shackleton and Mallory Halls which are on the lower floors of the Welcome Building. There are stairs and lifts to all levels.

Getting there

The Welcome Building is a 12-minute walk from Eastbourne railway station.

Buses to the Welcome Building include:

  • Stagecoach 3 and 3a
  • Brighton & Hove Coaster Service 12a

More travel information here.

Free Wi-Fi service

The Public Wi-Fi service in the Welcome Building is Link Free

  1. Once in the building, look for the _Link Free option in your list of available Wi-Fi services
  2. If you have not used Link Free before, you must register – open a web browser and go to any site, e.g. bbc.co.uk – A sign-in screen for Eastbourne Borough Council WIFI will appear –
    • select Create an Account if this is the first time you have used Link Free -then turn to step 3
    • or, if you already have a Link Free account, simply sign in using your email address and the password you last used for this service
  3. Creating an account: Select Create New Account and fill in details including your name, email address, chosen password and mobile phone number – a text will be sent to your mobile phone with a verification code
  4. Enter the verification code into the validation screen that appears on your device and select Verify
  5. when you have registered you will be prompted to sign into the Wi-Fi service

Other facilities

Lunch, teas and coffees will be provided,  during breaks, in the Mallory Exhibition Hall. If you wish to purchase other items, there is a cafe on the ground floor of the Welcome Building, overlooking the Tennis courts.

Breakout spaces (tables and chairs) will be provided in Mallory.

Booking your place at the summit

Tickets for the event are £15  and include refreshments throughout the day and a generous buffet lunch. Use the link button below to book your place.

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The programme

Morning sessions

09.00 Doors open

Teas, coffees & pastries provided courtesy of Stagecoach

  • Exhibition & Video display  

09.30 – 09.45 Welcome 

  • Stephen Holt, Leader of Eastbourne Borough Council 
  • Caroline Ansell MP

09.45 – 10.15 Transport & Health

  • Dr Kevin Wyche (University of Brighton) 
  • Darrell Gale, Director of Public Health, East Sussex CC  
  • Scarlett McNally, Orthopaedic Surgeon, Deputy Director the Centre for peri-operative care, Bespoke 

10.15 – 10.35 Sustainable transport – vision & strategy for East Sussex

  • Lisa Simmonds & Jon Wheeler, Infrastructure, planning & place, East Sussex County Council (LTP4 local transport plan) 
  • Craig Lamberton, ESCC bus team – Bus plans/strategy/vision 

10.35 – 11.00 Transport challenges and opportunities in and around Eastbourne, East Sussex.  

  • Norman Baker (Campaign for Better Transport) 
  • Chris Todd (Transport Action Network) 

11.00 – 11.30 Coffee break, networking & exhibition

  • Teas, coffees & biscuits provided courtesy of OHM Energy

11.30 – 11.55 Connected travel, visions & strategies

  • Joel Mitchell, Managing Director, Stagecoach Bus, South East 
  • Patrick Ladbury, Stakeholder & Active Travel Manager, Govia Thameslink 
  • Kevin Boorman, Hastings Borough Council 

11:55 – 12.20 Active Travel – Making it happen

  • Julia Crear (Living Streets) 
  • Eleanor Togut 
  • Adrian Berendt, 20s Plenty
  • Joanna Yarrow, Human Nature 
 12.20 – 12.30 Q & A 
  • With Rupert Clubb, Director of Communities, the Economy & Transport, East Sussex County Council
  • Dougal Fleming, University of Brighton
12.30 – 13.30 Lunch, networking & exhibition

Afternoon sessions

13.30 – 14.00 Making waves in sustainable transport

Eastbourne Eco Action student volunteers in conversation with:

  • Sam Keam, Zedify -Cargo bikes for urban logistics
  • Tom Druitt, The Big Lemon – Electric Buses
  • Councillor Jim Murray – Car clubs & EV charging points 
14.00 – 14.10 Improving the public realm & cycling provision in Oxford 
  • Emily Kerr, Oxford City Council

2.10 – 14.25 Local progress on cycling & walking

  • The reality of travelling across Eastbourne by bike in 2023: Gem Aella, University of Sussex, Bespoke
  • National cycle routes: Roddy Crockett (Sustrans)
14.25 – 15.05 Parallel workshops – solutions for:
  • The school run
  • Connected cycling
  • Whole journeys, by bus, train, bike …
  • Urban logistics – transport for business & deliveries
  • Transport for tourism & events
  • Placemaking for active travel

15.05 – 15.30 Tea break, networking & exhibition

  • Teas, coffees & biscuits provided courtesy of Gradient Consultants

15.30 – 15.35 Feedback from workshops

15.35 – 16.20 Panel discussion: How do we connect people and places with an integrated, low carbon transport system?

Chair: Lord Ralph Lucas
  • Joel Mitchell, Stagecoach
  • Leigh Palmer, Head of Planning, Lewes & Eastbourne Councils: 
  • Roddy Crockett, Sustrans
  • Andy Murdoch, Buro Happold
  • Christina Ewbank, CEO Eastbourne Chamber of Commerce
  • Professor Scarlett McNally, East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust

16.20 – 16.30 Closing remarks

  • Councillor Stephen Holt, Eastbourne Borough Council & East Sussex County Council
  • Caroline Ansell, MP

Meet the presenters and panel members

 Follow the links (green text) to find out more about our speakers.

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Gemma Aellah,
Chair of Bespoke

Caroline Ansell,
MP for Eastbourne and Willingdon

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Rt Hon Norman Baker
Director of External Affairs for Campaign for Better Transport

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Adrian Berendt,
Trustee Campaign for Better Transport;
20s Plenty for Us Campaign Coordinator,
Active Travel Consultant, Berendt Consulting

Rupert Clubb, Director of Communities, the Economy and Transport, East Sussex County Council

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Julia Crear
Head of Projects & Technical Services,
Living Streets

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Roddy Crockett, Partnerships and Public Affairs Manager – England South,  

Tom Druitt, FRSA
CEO, The Big Lemon

Councillor Christina Ewbank,
CEO Eastbourne UnLtd, Chamber of Commerce

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Ian Fitzpatrick
Deputy Chief Executive, Lewes & Eastbourne Councils; Director of Regeneration & Planning

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Dougal Fleming, Innovation Advisor, Green Growth, University of Brighton

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Darrell Gale, FFPH, MSc
Director of Public Health, East Sussex CC

Stephen Holt,
Leader, Eastbourne Borough Council & councillor of East Sussex County Council

Sam Keam,
Cofounder of Zedify

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Councillor Emily Kerr,
Oxford City Council

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Patrick Ladbury, Stakeholder & Active Travel Manager, Govia Thameslink

Craig Lamberton,
East Sussex County Council

Lord Ralph Lucas,
Environment and Climate Change Committee, House of Lords

Professor Scarlett McNally,
Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust,
Deputy Director the Centre for peri-operative care

Joel Mitchell
Managing Director, Stagecoach Bus South East

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Andy Murdoch
Buro Happold

Councillor Jim Murray
Cabinet Lead on Climate Change, Eastbourne Borough Council

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Tom Neville
Student & campaigner for sustainable transport

Leigh Palmer,
Head of Planning
Eastbourne & Lewes Councils

Lisa Simmonds, Infrastructure Planning & Policy Manager, East Sussex County Council

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Chris Todd,
Founder & Director,
Transport Action Network

Eleanor Togut

Jon Wheeler, Team Leader, Infrastructure Planning & Place, East Sussex County Council

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Dr Kevin Wyche,
University of Brighton

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Joanna Yarrow
Chief Impact Officer Human Nature

Event organisers

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Eastbourne Borough Council logo, includes white yacht
Eastbourne Chamber of Commerce logo, Eastbourne UnLtd
University of Brighton logo with small black star

Event sponsors

Stagecoach logo
OHM Energy
Buro Happold logo
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If you are interested in becoming one of our event sponsors, contact us through our summit enquiry form. We will add details of your organisation here and to our conference publicity information.