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Hello and welcome to our December e-bulletin.

We bring you news from the Spending Review and Autumn Statement, and the related opportunities from the Sustainable Accessible Travel team at the DfT.

As delegates have been informed, we've postponed our Annual Conference & AGM from 8 December to 28 January to allow Ministers from Transport and Health the time they needed to fully develop their budgets and related programmes such as the new 'Access' fund replacing LSTF. On 28 January we will be able to provide you with the full details of the Spending Review outcomes, presented by Ministers and/or senior representatives from the Departments for Transport and Health.

Registration is open via Eventbrite, and is free for members sending one delegate. We would be grateful if you could register as a delegate ASAP. If you're not already a member, please see our announcement below regarding our Membership Drive. If you join right away, your delegate place at the Annual Conference will be free of charge.

If you would like to be a presenter at the conference, there are still a few slots available. Or if you would like to be an exhibitor, we would be pleased to arrange this with you. The event item below includes all the details on both opportunities and more.

Featured News

Featured News  

Spending Review & Autumn Statement 2015

We thought it would be useful to provide a summary of the relevant points in the Spending Review and Autumn Statement 2015.

Overall there is a 37% reduction in the DfT's operational budget - among the deepest cuts to any department. However, in capital terms the transport budget increases by 50%, with a focus on Network Rail, roads, highway maintenance and HS2. (Further detail can be found in pages 55-56 of the Spending Review and Autumn Statement 2015 document. See the table on page 55 for budget breakdown.)

The above reflects a focus on big projects over everyday transport - a point elaborated upon by Stephen Joseph here.

In terms of the opportunities within 'Sustainable Accessible Travel', we have been provided with the following four points:

1. Through this settlement DfT will provide over £300 million for cycling over the life of this Parliament, which includes continued funding for Bikeability.

2. Funding for Cycle Ambition Cities has been confirmed for the next two years, totalling £101m.

3. There is a new ‘Access’ fund for sustainable travel building on the legacy of the Local Sustainable Transport Fund and supporting growth in cycling and walking, with £580 million (£80 million revenue and £500 million capital).

4. The DfT plans to publish the Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy in summer 2016, with a statement of funds available by February 2016.

This is very good news, as the amount of support is much higher than we expected, and demonstrates the value of programmes like LSTF - albeit with a high emphasis on infrastructure. The £580m budget is slightly higher than the £560m originally provided by LSTF.

Further information will be made available over the coming weeks, and there will be a chance to hear more directly from the DfT on Thursday 28 January at our Annual Conference & AGM (free for members) in London, delayed from 8 December in order to accommodate announcements and dialogue concerning the above.

The link to register is here.

Featured Event

Featured Event  

Act TravelWise Annual Conference - 28 January 2016

Act TravelWise is holding its Annual Conference and AGM on Thursday 28 January 2016 at the Camden Centre in Central London.

As a highlight, the conference provides an early opportunity to hear directly from the Department for Transport regarding the Spending Review outcomes and new funding opportunities. This will be followed by afternoon workshops: 'Tips for Preparing Funding Bids' and 'How Active Travel Funding Bids are Appraised by DfT and LEPs'.

Speakers include:

  • Robert Goodwill MP (Minister of State for Transport)
  • Joe Irvin (Chief Executive, Living Streets)
  • Francesca Racioppi (European Centre for Environment and Health, World Health Organization)
  • Philippe Crist (International Transport Forum, OECD)

The full-day event will also feature presentations and panels on topical issues in the sustainable transport field, relevant to practitioners in the public, private and third sectors. This content will be divided into two streams:

  1. active travel and health
  2. collaboration between local government and the private sector

The 'active travel and health' stream addresses the latest case studies and research on how walking and cycling promotion and infrastructure can lead to healthier communities. The second stream includes case studies of successful public-private sector collaboration.

The day offers a wide range of learning and networking opportunities, and we very much hope you can join us. Please click below for the full programme and details or register now via Eventbrite.

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EPOMM E-Update November 2015 on Mobility Management in Companies

EPOMM - the European Platform on Mobility Management* - has released its 26 November 2015 e-bulletin on the topic of mobility management in companies. It provides an overview and examples of workplace travel plans, 'carrots' and 'sticks', campaigns and awareness raising, motivating companies through regulation, and national campaigns supporting sustainable transport for businesses, and links to useful resources.

Read the EPOMM E-Update here.

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ECOMM 2016 Call for Presentations and More

The European Conference on Mobility Management (ECOMM) will be held in Athens, Greece from 1-3 June 2016. A call for presentations is open until 16 December 2015. Read more about ECOMM 2016 here.

There is also one place available for a UK organisation seeking to join the International Programme Committee (IPC), which selects the papers to be presented at ECOMM. Please contact fiona -at- if interested.

Lastly, there is a possibility to host ECOMM in the UK in 2017 or 2018 - although for 2017 the deadline to submit a bid would be 15 December 2015. Please contact randall -at- if interested.

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The Winners - National Cycle Rail Awards 2015

The winners of the 2015 National Cycle Rail Awards have once again demonstrated how the industry has worked together to contribute to the country’s cycling revolution. Now in their 11th year, the Association of Train Operating Companies (ATOC) National Cycle Rail Awards play a key role in increasing cycle access to the railway by improving communications and the spread of best practice.

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Membership Drive 2015

We're on a mission to get 30 new members by the end of the year!

We have a lot to offer our members, from free exclusive events to free job postings in our monthly e-bulletin. We have active regional groups providing informal networking opportunities across the country, with more regions becoming active in the near future. We offer bespoke training opportunities for your employees in topics such as Personalised Travel Planning according to demand.

Join us today and see how we can help you be more effective in your work to promote sustainable travel.

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Consultant/Senior Consultant Posts at TTR

Transport & Travel Research Ltd (TTR), part of the Transport Research Foundation group of companies, is recruiting two Consultant/Senior Consultant transport policy research positions. The deadlines for applications are 21 December 2015, however CVs after this date may be considered for vacancies arising soon afterwards if appropriate.

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Featured Event  

Vision Zero Conference - 19 January 2016

This event, at Camden Town Hall on 19 January 2016, is to mark the UK launch of Vision Zero - a multi-national road traffic safety campaign that aims to achieve a system with no fatalities or serious injuries in road traffic or on our streets.

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