Transport Now and in the Future – What are the issues? March 2018

Saturday 17th March 2018

9.30am – 4.30pm

Westmead Hotel, Redditch Road, Hopwood, Birmingham B48 7AL

Environment Conference co-hosted and sponsored by

The John Ray Initiative and ForMission College

What are the current trends in transport and what will we be using in the future? We all use transport almost every day of our lives, but do we ever think about what we are doing? Many people worry about carbon emissions from transport, and indeed it is a major issue for the United Kingdom as it seeks to meet its commitments to the Paris Agreement. But are there other things we should consider? If we move towards having driverless vehicles what will happen to all those who earn their livings from driving? And what will happen in the developing world? What are the ethical and theological issues? How do we make sensible personal decisions about the transport we use? Come to our ground-breaking conference and hear what the experts have to say on all these topics and more!

This conference will be of interest to Christians and others who have an interest in sustainability and the environment. It is intended to deepen our thinking as we consider how to respond theologically and ethically to the present environmental crisis.


“Global and Local Challenges for Sustainable Transport to 2050” David Banister – Professor Emeritus of Transport Studies at Oxford University

“The UK’s Pathway to Connected and Autonomous Vehicle Technologies” Michael Talbot – Head of Industrial Strategy, Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles

“‘Travelling Light’ – A Theological Reflection on Modern Transport” John Weaver – Chair of the John Ray Initiative


Please indicate in your booking your FIRST and SECOND choice of Seminars

1. ‘Carbon Offsetting – A Licence to Pollute?’ Caroline Pomeroy – Director of Climate Stewards

2. ‘Jesus Walked the Same Speed as the Rest of us – Active Mobilities as the Escape from Hypermodernity’ Thomas Calvert & Edward Wigley – Researchers, University of the West of England, Bristol

3. ‘Some Trust in Chariots and Some in Horses – Can our use of Transport Show our Trust in God?’ Neil Ward – Civil Servant, DEFRA

4. ‘Revitalising Urban Public Transport in Megacities in the Developing World’ John Austin – Transport Consultant

5. ‘All You Need to Know about Electric Car Ownership – EVs, PHEVs, OLEVs and more’ Mike Perry – Anglican Priest and former Research Biologist


£48 to include lunch and refreshments. (£24 for those aged 25 and under)

Booking is being administered online via

If you are unable to book online please send your cheque (payable to ‘The John Ray Initiative’) and contact details to The John Ray Initiative, City Works, Alfred Street, Gloucester GL1 4DF and the booking will be placed on your behalf. When booking please advise of any dietary requirements, and your seminar preferences.


If you are travelling by car the hotel is easily accessed from the M42 (J2 A441) and there is plentiful planting on site. Can you offer someone a lift, or would you like to car share? Do get in touch:

The nearest train station is Longbridge, with a service every 10 minutes from Birmingham New Street. We are planning to run a shuttle service between Longbridge rail station and the venue, if you would like to make use of this please let us know:

Conference details as given above are available as a pdf document which can be downloaded from this link

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