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New webinar dates

The Local Government Support Programme are launching a new webinar programme to help local authority officers to build their knowledge and share expertise in many aspects of low emission transport. Webinars that have already taken place are available to view on demand.

Tuesday 29th October 2019, 11am: Soft measure approaches to air quality improvements

Thursday 14th November 2019, 10am: How your local authority can respond to a climate emergency

Tuesday 14th January 2020, 2pm-3pm – eCargo Bike Grant Scheme for local authorities

Thursday 13th February 2020, 11am: Smart Cities co-hosted by SSE Enterprises

Tuesday 10th March 2020, 10am: Sustainable energy options for chargepoint infrastructure



How can we help?

  1. Supporting the development of baseline knowledge: keeping officers and Councillors fully informed of the industry by running workshops and masterclasses on low emission transport policy, market status, technology and innovation and wider Mobility as a Service (MAAS).
  2. Supporting the sharing of best practice: developing more effective and well-rounded strategies through observing findings and experience of similar projects run by cities and authorities.
  3. Helping to identify transport programmes at a local and regional level that will help make a real difference in air quality, and support the development of current programmes to see greater project outcomes and impact.
  4. Helping to join the dots: linking existing programmes and initiatives to develop a stronger strategy for broader regional plans or wider strategies that support MAAS and the Smart City agenda.


Who are we? 

Our three Relationship Managers enable us to provide tailored, one-to-one support to authorities, based on their own unique needs and situations. 

If you wish to discuss any of the areas covered by our Local Government Support Programme or would like to speak to a dedicated Relationship Manager, please fill in our enquiry form.

South: Richard Drew

Richard has previously delivered Local Sustainable Transport Fund, Sustainable Travel Transition Year and Access Fund projects for South Gloucestershire Council in partnership with the other authorities in the West of England region. He also has extensive experience of developing and operating car club services across the UK having worked for one of the major car club operators. 


Midlands: Luke Redfern

Having previously supported many local authorities in the strategic procurement of infrastructure and identifying ways for organisations to implement low emission vehicles into fleet operations, Luke brings specialist knowledge of improving air quality through ultra-low emission vehicle strategies to the Midlands. He was also seconded for a year to support the delivery of the £6.2m Nottingham Go Ultra Low City project.


North East & North West: Fiona Appleton

Fiona has experience in managing sustainable transport projects. She previously worked with Transport for Greater Manchester in their Travel Choices team engaging with businesses on reducing carbon emissions from transport. She also worked in EST’s Edinburgh office where she assisted local authorities to review their grey fleet and benchmarked the carbon emissions from Scotland’s public sector fleet.