Baroness Vere of Norbiton, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Transport.
As transport technology develops rapidly, and efforts to tackle air pollution and climate change become ever more urgent, transport in the UK is changing.
Following a century in which our roads were dominated by the internal combustion engine, the 2020s will usher in a new era of sustainable transport on our roads.
The Government has recently announced that by 2030 the sale of new petrol and diesel cars will be phased out. In July 2020 the Department for Transport published a new Cycling and Walking strategy, which sets out the Government’s vision to double the number of journey stages taken by bicycle.
In March 2021, the Government announced a new bus strategy, “Bus Back Better”. In addition to reforming how bus services are planned and delivered, it sets out a roadmap to delivering a zero-emission bus fleet.
The next decade will also see the delivery of HS2 and Crossrail amongst a host of large-scale infrastructure projects, driving further changes to the ways in which we move across our cities and regions.
All of these changes will have an effect on how people across the country live and work, and will create cleaner, greener and less congested cities and towns. In turn, they will also have a profound effect on how we plan the future development of our built environment.
We are delighted to be joined for this event by Baroness Vere of Norbiton, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Transport. As the Minister responsible for roads, buses and taxis, and for light rail, Baroness Vere, is uniquely well placed to set out the Government’s transport agenda for 2030 and beyond.