Sunday, June 6, 2010

UK - Campaign for free public transport expands

2nd Call for Papers - Inaugural Free Public Transport Conference

The national Campaign for Free Public Transport (after a a few false starts!) has now set a date and booked a venue for our inaugural conference. Taking a somewhat broader approach than has been outlined in previous communications, we now wish to invite any and all academic speakers who wish to debate the merits of Free Public Transport specifically, but also issues around transport and society more broadly. Core themes are as follows:

*Evaluating Public Transport in the UK
*Transport Economics 
*Transport and Social Inclusion
*Transport and Climate Change
*Evaluating the merits of public transport subsidies
*Campaigning on Transport Issues

I would also like to take this opportunity to apologise to those researchers who responded to our first call for presentations for the changing of dates, but I'm sure many of you will appreciate the difficulties of assembling a campaign with a truly national scope (we now have members or affiliates in Glasgow, Manchester, Norwich, The Isle of Wight, Bristol, London and many other places as well as ties to international free public transport campaigners - for instance the ambitious plan to finance free public transport in New York City by Charles Komanoff has recently featured in Wired magazine http://www.wired.com/magazine/2010/05/ff_komanoff_traffic/all/1 ) and in ensuring the representation of a broad range of organisations, activist groups, political parties and independents (support ranges from former independent MP Dai Davis to Guardian Journalist Lynsey Hanley to two of Britain's largest Trades Unions, Unite and PCS). Now the national campaign has had some time to coalesce we are ready to work towards this inaugural conference where we will debate the transport issues facing Britain and the wider world today, present various arguments for free public transport, and move forward by voting on issues of policy.

Presentations should last no more than 10-15 minutes and all efforts should be taken to make papers accessible to a lay audience. Abstracts can be sent to fptresearchgroup@googlemail.co.uk and the conference team will endeavour to notify speakers promptly. Please also get in touch if you have any further queries or would like to know how you can become more involved with the campaign and its national executive.

Your sincerely,

Bob
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