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Hello and welcome to our July e-bulletin.

In the wake of the Brexit referendum and and the related shake-up in Government, there will be much interest in how these changes will effect travel and transport. As of 14 July, we have a new Secretary of State for Transport in Chris Grayling. So far he has endorsed HS2 and pledged to address airport capacity in the South East (17 July). Little is known yet on other pertinent questions, such as the status of transport projects in receipt of EU funds or the outlook on access to EU funding opportunities / replacement with domestic funding sources. Watch this space. In the meantime, the DfT Access Fund (details below) has been announced, with an application deadline of 9 September.

Given this context as well as developments in technology and other areas, we have set 'Sustainable Travel in a Changing World' as the theme of our next Annual Conference & AGM (17 January 2017) and have published a call for papers, sponsors and exhibitors.

If you're in the office rather than enjoying the heat wave, below you will find our latest news, events and more. It's time to be cracking on with plans for Cycle to Work Day (14 September) and European Mobility Week (16-22 September) which culminates in a car-free day.

Please note that job postings are now found in the sidebar of the e-bulletin.

If you're not already an Act TravelWise member, it's easy to join and you can now do this via the Login/Join link at the top of our website.

We encourage you to send in your news, job postings and event listings for future issues of the monthly e-bulletin. Just email them by the end of the month. This is a free service for members (£100 per item for non-members), reaching 4,000 people. Also anyone may submit email addresses that you'd like added to our e-bulletin distribution list here.

Featured News

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DfT Access Fund for Sustainable Travel Announced - Application Deadline 9 September

On 5 July, the long-awaited DfT Access Fund for sustainable travel bidding opportunity was announced, with an application deadline of 9 September. You will find all the details on the following web page:

If you are an Act TravelWise member, please contact Randall Ghent ( if you're interested in getting training and support with your bid.

Featured Event

Featured Event  

Act TravelWise Annual Conference & AGM - 17 January 2017

'Sustainable Travel in a Changing World'

Now more than ever, individuals' travel behaviour is shifting and adapting in response to changes in their own circumstances, their communities, the economy and technology.

Practioners in the travel and transport sector have the opportunity to help shape these changes in order to best address people's needs whilst favouring sustainable modes.

The Act TravelWise Annual Conference will address a range of questions such as:

  • What is the future role of the car in the smart city?
  • How can workplaces, hospitals and universities best adapt to future travel needs and encourage a step-change in travel behaviour?
  • How can we best work with LEPs and use capital funding to encourage walking and cycling?
  • How can we bring the benefits of the 'new sharing economy' to smaller towns and rural areas?
  • What is the future role of 'leaner' local authorities in behaviour change?
  • How can local authorities and transport operators work together to improve air quality and minimise the negative impacts of HGV freight movements?
  • What are the expected impacts, both positive and negative, of new transport technologies?
  • How can we improve quality of life by discouraging excessive travel?
  • How should policy makers support social, economic and environmental sustainability when responding to changes in technology and lifestyles?

Date and Location:

Act TravelWise will hold its next Annual Conference & AGM on Tuesday 17 January 2017 as a full-day event at the Macdonald Burlington Hotel opposite New Street rail station in central Birmingham - revisiting the venue of our December 2014 conference. The AGM will take place at the end of the day whilst the conference continues in the adjacent meeting room.

Call for papers:

We issued a call for papers with a deadline of Wednesday 31 August. Abstracts were requested in the form of an MS Word or RTF file containing: (a) a presentation title, (b) a 250-word description, (c) a 40-word speaker biography and (d) speaker contact details. There is still some space available in the programme as of mid-September. Please contact Randall Ghent at ASAP if you didn't yet have a chance to prepare an abstract.

Sponsors and exhibitors:

We welcome enquiries. The following rates apply:

  • Exclusive Event Sponsor £2,750 (includes 3 x conference adverts in Local Transport Today with sponsor logo, plus exposure in all conference announcements/materials)
  • Exhibition Stand £475 / £975 (member / non-member)
  • Drinks Reception Sponsor £750
  • Programme Advert £175 / £350 (half page / full page)
  • Delegate Bags £475
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EPOMM E-Update July 2016 - Mobility Management for New Residents

EPOMM - the European Platform on Mobility Management* - has released its July 2016 e-update on the topic of Mobility Management for New Residents. The theme is described as follows:

When people move to a new city or neighbourhood, this is an ideal time to reconsider old travel habits and try out more sustainable modes. If these are immigrants with a different cultural background, they often have different needs for information and education than newcomers from the same or neighbouring countries. And for quite a few of them, having access to sustainable alternatives to the car is an essential condition for their inclusion in society. In this e-update we will present several projects and studies that have looked into the mobility management options for such new residents, both native and non-native.

Read the EPOMM E-Update here.

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SUMP Case Studies Available for Download

The ENDURANCE project, which ended in April, produced 21 case studies on the Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (SUMP) theme.

The case studies provide a very useful overview of SUMP best practice on the five sub-themes of citizen participation, financing, institutional cooperation, monitoring & evaluation and SUMP measures.

The case studies, listed as 'fact sheets', were all copy-edited by Act TravelWise and are now available for download here.

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European Mobility Week 2016 - Theme & Resources

European Mobility Week returns in September 2016 (16-22 Sept), and now is the time to start organising local campaigns! The theme for the 2016 is 'Smart and sustainable mobility - an investment for Europe'. A newly released Communications Toolkit provides all the logos, graphics, templates and guidelines that you may need. You can also download 'best practice guides' with case studies from local campaigns in 2015 and previous years.

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Act TravelWise LinkedIn Discussion Forum

Act TravelWise maintains a 'group' on LinkedIn where you can post discussion items and announcements. Please feel free to use this forum whether you are new to the sustainable transport/travel field or a more seasoned practitioner. To join the group, visit

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Featured Event  

NHS Travel and Transport Managers' Forum - 3rd Meeting - 13 September 2016

Following upon a successful and well attended second meeting of our NHS Travel & Transport Managers' Forum on 12 July, the forum's third meeting will be held on Tuesday 13 September from 2:30-4:30 pm at BuroHappold in London, with an option to join via teleconference.

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Cycle to Work Day - 14 September 2016

Cycle to Work Day is a national event to be held on 14 September 2016, supported by Act TravelWise and other partners. It aims to encourage everyone to take to two wheels and cycle to work for at least one day.

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Workplace Travel Champions Training Courses - 4 Oct - 8 Dec 2016

Sustrans will be delivering a series of open-enrolment Workplace Travel Champions Training courses throughout October-December. The sessions will be hosted by the Big Lottery Fund and are set to take place in Newcastle, Birmingham and Belfast. These courses will give workplace staff the knowledge, skills and confidence to champion sustainable travel within their organisation; providing them with a wealth of tools and materials.

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