22 September 2016 IAQ Breakfast event with Isabel Dedring, ARUP Global Transport Leader and former Deputy Lord Mayor of London
Event at a glance:
As Deputy Mayor for Transport at the Greater London Authority and the Deputy Chair of Transport for London, Isabel Dedring oversaw the transformation in London’s transport and environment planning. Leaving to join consultancy firm Arup in March 2016 as new Global Transport Leader, the talented New Yorker is calling into Brisbane as part of an Australian program and we’re delighted to have secured her at another IAQ signature event.
One of Ms Dedring’s biggest contributions to London’s traffic policy was the application of a new Land Value Tax (LVT) to help fund major projects. As Australian major projects and governments grapple with the policies necessary to apply ‘Value Capture’ (or ‘Value Sharing’ for us Brisbanites) London used LVT to partially fund the £15 billion Crossrail project, which will install a new 118-kilometre railway line from the west of London in Berkshire through the centre of the city to Essex in the east.
But Ms Dedring’s contributions aren’t remotely limited to the introduction of LVT. In between stints working on London’s transport infrastructure, Ms Dedring also had a two-and-a-half year spell as the Mayor’s Environment Adviser. As ex-London Mayor, the now internationally recognisable MP Boris Johnson (who famously led the successful ‘Leave’ campaign in the Brexit referendum) remarked:
“Isabel Dedring has been an indispensable member of my team and the absolute lynchpin behind the vast improvement across every aspect of transport services in London over recent years. She has made a colossal contribution to our city, overseen the successful delivery of major pieces of transport infrastructure and lobbied with great effect for more”.
Similar to Infrastructure Australia, Ms Dedring advocates a radical shift in terms of tackling congestion and providing less ambiguous road funding. Earlier this year, Ms Dedring went on the record as suggesting vehicle excise duty and fuel duty could be replaced by a distance-travelled charge, which could be a variable based on charging more in central London and less or for free with a clean car.
A glimpse of some of the projects Isabel has had carriage of highlight the opportunity for considerable lessons learnt and discussion in the SEQ’s context.
- Initiating the ‘Transport Supporting Growth’ programme at City Hall. The focus was on bringing senior players together to unlock growth areas where poor transport infrastructure was impeding expected and urgently-needed housing development. This was supported by creating a new £300m ‘Growth Fund’ within Transport for London.
- Initiating and delivering the Tube Reliability Programme in response to deteriorating Tube performance in 2010/2011, this has resulted in a 30% reduction in delay hours.
- Initiating and chairing the Mayor’s “Roads Task Force” to develop the first-in-a-generation comprehensive strategy for London’s roads.
- Producing the Mayor’s 10-year road safety plan, introducing a new, root-cause-analysis-driven approach.
- Structuring and lobbying for new infrastructure and associated funding structures, with a particular emphasis on maximising innovative land value capture. Some examples: Bakerloo Line Extension, Crossrail 2, Barking Riverside Overground extension, East London river crossings.
- Comprehensively overhauling the Mayor’s cycling programme, leading to a new ‘Cycling Vision’ for London and the creation of an unprecedented £913m programme, at times in the face of significant opposition. This represented roughly a 10-fold increase in cycling investment and a new emphasis on safe, dedicated cycling infrastructure.
- Initiating and leading on the review of London’s taxi and private hire regulations in face of significant market change, including emissions requirements and new, disruptive technologies. Set up new task force with key trade leaders.
- Initiating and producing London’s 2050 Infrastructure Plan, setting out London’s infrastructure needs, proposed programme and funding solutions, and the associated set-up of the first London Infrastructure Development Board.
- Produced the Mayor’s Air Quality Strategy, resulting in a broad range of new initiatives, many involving overcoming substantial opposition.
- Led the creation of the London Waste and Recycling Board, responsible for London-wide recycling campaigns and a £38m investment to date in new waste facilities across London.
- Comprehensively restructured the Mayor’s climate change programme to focus on large-scale, commercial rollout of near-market technologies.
- Transport portfolio during the Olympics so many lessons learnt as a host city and planning for the legacy not just the event.
As the Australian and State governments embark upon critical reforms designed to create Smart Cities, better prioritise infrastructure, provide funding certainty and stimulate private sector involvement, learnings from the UK are being sought out by policymakers and city planners around the nation.
Ms Dedring is perfectly placed to provide deep insights from viewpoints both public and private and how to successfully win the case with the community.
This is a unique opportunity not to be missed.
VENUE: The Brisbane Club, 241 Adelaide Street, Brisbane
TIME: 7.15am — 9.00am
COST: Members $110, Non-members $134, Members Tables of 10 $1000, Non-members Tables of 10 $1250 (includes GST)
Registrations close midday Monday 19 September 2016.