Sector leaders and other experts from across light rail have been praised for their contributions to the development of an ambitious vision for the future.
During an extensive consultation, their expertise has proved invaluable in shaping a draft strategy document that is being developed by UKTram.
At recent meeting, the organisation’s board members heard that the far-reaching strategy was now under final review ahead of its official publication during a high-profile sector summit.
James Hammett, UKTram Managing Director, explained: “The strategy aims to build a compelling case for future investment in light rail networks, and long-term funding for sector support, that can be put before Ministers and the Department for Transport.
“It clearly sets out the many economic, social and environmental benefits of all modes of light rail and the importance of integrated transport, while calling for closer collaboration on sharing best practice and research into new technologies.
“The development of a central resource to support the planning and construction of future systems will also be vital to removing barriers to the expansion of light rail in the UK.
“Clearly, the input of a broad cross-section of sector professionals has been vital to the development of the strategy, and UKTram would like to thank all those who have given time and shared their views during an extensive consultation on our initial strategy proposals.”
The full strategy is set to be unveiled at UKTram’s Light Rail Summit at the Edinburgh Grosvenor Hotel on September 23. Further information, and details on how to book a place, can be found here.
Both the strategy and summit are also key projects outlined in the organisation’s recently published Business Plan for 2021/22, which can be found here.
Mr Hammett added: “As the country emerges from the pandemic, by drawing on the experience of leading figures from across the sector, the strategy will help to ensure that light rail fulfils its potential to help boost economic recovery – in line with the government’s aims of levelling up the regions – while improving urban connectivity, reducing congestion, improving air quality and reducing carbon emissions.”