East of England Annual Conference 2017

Author: Andreas Markides Posted: 14 June 2017

My final engagement as Senior Vice President at CIHT was to open the Annual East of England Conference. The event was held at the fabulous Moller Centre, part of Churchill College in Cambridge. I had the pleasure of presenting the first key note address of the day to delegates, followed by a number of anecdotal stories from my early career and current work.

The theme of the conference was ‘Delivering East – West Connectivity’ and defining the needs and challenges for a range of transport modes which are required to deliver new communities. I found this particularly interesting as it fed into my Presidential theme of the year ‘Creating Better Places’.

The East of England Conference was a great day full of excellent presentations, including on England’s Economic Heartland; how Stansted Airport will accommodate the expected growth of over 50% of passengers using public transportation; the collaboration that has been created to build the A14 improvements and much more.

My huge thanks to East of England Chair, Andy Denman and his region for inviting me along to this amazing conference, and for giving me the opportunity to meet new committee members who no doubt will confirm that, when we had met the night before at the bar of the Moller Centre, I had confined myself to soft drinks!
East Midlands

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Did you know…

Eddington is the University of Cambridge’s ‘’exemplary sustainable community’’ on the NW edge of the city. When fully developed by 2027, it will provide 3,000 homes and 2,000 student bedrooms.
 
The greenest aspect of Eddington is that car travel(and even owning a car) is strongly discouraged. Every new resident has a meeting with a travel planner who advises on alternatives to driving.
 
There is only one parking space for every four or five flats reserved for university staff, who will occupy half the 3,000 homes. Renting a parking space costs £85/month and only a handful of the first hundred residents have so far bought a car.
 
Even the luxury homes have no driveways and visitors arriving by car will have to pay for parking if they stay more than 90 minutes. A total of 12,000 bike spaces will be provided for a development of 8,500 residents.
 
Source: The Times, SEPT 2017