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…

Thirty years ago the London Docklands were a desolate place. Today we have a mini-city with 16m sq ft of offices and 1m sq ft of shops, employing more than 120,000 people, almost as many as the population of Cambridge and 50% more than the financial centre of Frankfurt.
How was this achieved? In addition to collaboration and political will, it's  all about the power of transport!
London Docklands is now connected with the DLR, the Jubilee line, Thameslink, Network Rail's overground network, Crossrail, HS1 and London City airport.
So, if Canary Wharf is the heart of the Docklands, transport constitutes the arteries and veins that link it to the rest of the world.
Source: Sir George Iacobescu, chairman and CEO of Canary Wharf Group.