Experts in sustainable transport, infrastructure planners and local transport providers will be among presenters at this year’s transport summit. 

Councillor Stephen Holt, Leader of Eastbourne Borough Council and Eastbourne’s MP, Caroline Ansell, will open the conference.

The summit has been organised by Eastbourne Eco Action Network (EEAN) in conjunction with Eastbourne Borough Council and Eastbourne Chamber of Commerce. It will take place at the Welcome Building on 17th November.  It will examine how the transport system in and around Eastbourne can be made more attractive, efficient and sustainable without undermining the economy and causing undue disruption.  It will also look at how to better connect people and places by simplifying and integrating various means of transport.

Participants will include Norman Baker from the Campaign for Better Transport, and Lord Ralph Lucas, of the House of Lords Environment and Climate Change Committee, along with Rupert Clubb, Director of Communities, the Economy and Transport at East Sussex County Council, Ian Fitzpatrick, Deputy Chief Executive, Lewes and Eastbourne Councils, plus Eastbourne Councillors Christina Ewbank and Jim Murray.

Executives from Stagecoach Bus South East, Govia Thameslink Railway and The Big Lemon buses in Brighton will speak for public transport.  There will be presentations on active travel and health, including cycling and walking.  There will also be networking opportunities, workshops, a panel discussion, a question-and-answer session and exhibition stands.

Robert McGowan, a director of EEAN, comments: “Our transportation systems depend heavily on imported fossil fuels, and these play a large part in damaging the earth’s life support systems.  There’s plenty of evidence to suggest current levels of road transport undermine people’s health through factors like pollution and congestion.”

The summit will explore ways of developing sustainable transport systems with more opportunities for active travel. This is essential to promoting better physical and mental health and wellbeing for residents and visitors and will also help Eastbourne is to achieve its 2030 carbon neutral target. 

Tickets for the event are £15, to include refreshments, and can be booked here.  Doors will open at 09.00 on 17th November and sessions will run from 09.30 to 16.20, followed by closing remarks from Caroline Ansell and Stephen Holt.  The event is open to the public, but places are limited, so booking is essential.

The event is sponsored by Stagecoach, OHM Energy and Buro Happold.