The Successes so far
Cllr Gill Mitchell, Martin Harris, Chief Exec of Brighton & Hove Buses, Mark Prior, Assistant Director of City Transport and Tom Druitt of the Big Lemon outlined Brighton & Hove's successes so far:
- The city is seen as a transport innovator
- Bikeshare scheme has been a massive success since launch in 2017
- Air Quality Programme Board designed to focus resources
- City Plan focuses on sustainable transport
- The LTP includes measures to address air quality and protections for the natural environment
- BH buses are low emission and Big Lemon developing it's bus fleet
- DEFRA funding for new bus models in the city
- Mass roll out of EV charging points across the city imminent
- Transport Partnership works to progress clean air priorities
The Challenges for the city
Views of national transport experts from outside Brighton & Hove provided insight into the current and future challenges for the city:
- Cars the last transport mode Govt prepared to tackle, with a strong car lobby and bus passengers lacking a coherent voice
- Transport policies not always based on hard evidence but political priorities
- Congestion is the BIG CHALLENGE. Switching to low-emission and EV with smart tech is essential to addressing sustainability but will be of little value if they don't have space to move anywhere
- Increase in online shopping a big contributor to congestion. As journeys slow and profits are hit companies try to mitigate impact bu increasing number of delivery vehicles
- As other places ban high emission vehicles Brighton & Hove is likely to see more appearing on its roads
- Air quality is complex issue - Behaviour change takes a generation and cost & convenience will drive it
- To continue the political consensus on the city's transport issues
What could we do in future?
- Shifting policy making focus from emissions per vehicle to emissions per passenger would make stronger case for use of public transport
- Setting a target on bus speeds could allow the dividend created from increased efficiency reinvested in making buses more efficient
- Discourage car use in the city, make it easy to leave cars on the outskirts
- Avoid punitive measures on emissions against buses to stop driving people into cars
- Accelerate the low carbon vehicle market to help those who want to move things forward
- Engaging key stakeholders (transport effects everyone) and making and sharing strong evidence that can lead to behaviour change
- Focus on the objectives and not the tech - EV not the panacea as it can't deliver clean transport at the rate we need and needs support by a range of other measures
- Embracing new technology such as micro-hybrid bus models, which are getting close to 0 emissions
- Fewer cars on the road but used more effectively - Priority uses
- Better understanding the role of local taxis/Uber/Lyft etc in addressing clean air issues
- Planning taking on a greater role in tackling air quality. Standards for new developments to consider all transport impacts
- For the council to ensure the city is designed to make the travel choice that's right for the whole city the most cost effective and easy
- Increasing accessibility of transport system for disabled and limited mobility travelers can make travel system easier and more pleasant for everyone
"It was pleasing to hear from the experts that we are regarded as one of the forward-thinking authorities in the UK for transport. It was good to be able to talk about building on the successful partnerships fostered by teams across the council to look ahead to 2030.” - Mark Prior, BHCC
The event saw the launch of Brighton & Hove Buses Vision for a sustainable public transport system for the city.
See what the experts think about the future of clean air in Brighton & Hove below:
The Future of Travel & Transport in Brighton & Hove
On 13th June a second event took place. The focus here was on the future of mobility and scenario planning as to where the city sees itself being in the not so distant future and some of the challenges and opportunities we may have to face to get there.
Professor Glenn Lyons, Mott MacDonald Professor of Future Mobility at UWE Bristol was the key note speaker at the event.
The below video published by Mott MacDonald earlier this year provides a brief introduction to Glenn Lyons in his role as Professor at UWE and his newer role with Mott MacDonald as as Chair of their Future Mobility Initiative.