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Meeting the challenge of Scotland’s transport strategy and a 20% reduction in car km by 2030

Event organised by The Transport Planning Society

07 September 2023
18:30 - 20:00 BST (GMT+1)
Holyrood and Britannia meeting rooms
Capital Square, 3rd Floor
58 Morrison Street
Edinburgh, EH3 8BP
United Kingdom

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The ambition of the Scottish NTS2 is admirable, but is it proving to be achievable? We will hear from four speakers at varying levels of national to local governance to provide an insight into approaches they have been taking to achieving the Scottish Government’s target of reducing car kilometers by 20% by 2030.

Starting with an overview from Transport Scotland, Stephen Cragg will present the background to the NTS2, and the work 'at the top’ being undertaken to achieve its goals.

Daisy Narayanan at City of Edinburgh Council will give an insight into how Edinburgh has been approaching the challenge – particularly in her role as Head of Placemaking and Mobility.

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Transport Planning Society

Transport Planning Society

The Transport Planning Society (TPS) is the only professional body focusing entirely on transport planning in the UK.  The aim of the Society is to raise the profile of transport planning and chart a course for the profession.


18:00 - 18:30

Arrivals, refreshments for in-person delegates

18:30 - 18:40

Stantec welcome

18:40 - 19:00

Stephen Cragg – Transport Scotland

19:00 - 19:20

Daisy Narayanan – City of Edinburgh Council

19:20 - 19:40

Sue Hilder - Loch Lomond & the Trossachs National Park Authority

19:40 - 19:50

Q&A Panel Discussion

19:50 - 20:00

Closing remarks


Event close for online participation


Networking reception for in person ateendees (Venue to be confirmed)


Daisy Narayanan

Daisy Narayanan

City of Edinburgh Council

Head of Placemaking and Mobility

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Daisy Narayanan

Daisy Narayanan is the Head of Placemaking and Mobility at the City of Edinburgh Council where she leads on delivering a city-wide integrated approach to transport and placemaking. She trained as an architect and urban designer and over the last decade, her work has focussed on sustainable transport and climate action. 
Daisy sits on the Board of Architecture and Design Scotland and Transport Planning Society. She is a member of the Evidence Group of Scotland’s Climate Assembly and sits on the judging panel for Scottish Transport Awards. She has recently been awarded an MBE for services to Inclusive Urban Planning and elected to the Fellowship of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.
Drawing on her previous experience working in India, Singapore, England and Scotland, Daisy believes passionately in the importance of creating inclusive places for people: places that reflect and complement the communities that live in them.
A music aficionado, a bookworm and a linguist, Daisy spends her time enjoying the Scottish outdoors with her husband and two children.

Sue Hilder

Sue Hilder

Sustainable Travel and Access Manager

Loch Lomond & the Trossachs National Park Authority

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Sue Hilder

Sue is the Sustainable Travel and Access Manager at Loch Lomond & the Trossachs National Park Authority where decarbonisation of the transport network, in particular visitor travel, is recognised as essential for delivering the area’s pathway to Net Zero. Sue says ‘For too long rural transport has been languishing in the ‘too difficult box’ of public policy, but there is now a growing recognition that the longer car journeys made by those travelling to and from rural areas generate more carbon than multiple short urban commuter journeys …and this makes tackling these journeys a priority for the 20% reduction in car kilometres target’.

Prior to her current role, Sue has worked in the field of outdoor access management in Scotland for almost 20 years, with a particular focus on the implementation of public outdoor access rights introduced under the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003. She has worked for both rural and urban authorities, notably for 13 years in the forward planning team at Glasgow City Council where she specialised in enhancing and protecting the continuity of the active travel and recreational paths network, especially in response to major planning applications. She is also a Co-Convenor of the Scottish Outdoor Access Network and a board member of Greenspace Scotland.

Emily Seaman

Emily Seaman


senior associate transport planner

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Emily Seaman

Emily Seaman BSc (Hons) MSc CTPP has worked as a transport planner in Scotland since 2005 and has a range of experience in transport appraisal, modelling, strategy, assessment and business case preparation on projects across Scotland and the wider UK covering active travel, bus, rail and road schemes.

Emily started her career as a transport modeller before moving into the field of appraisal and has undertaken an 18-month secondment with Transport Scotland giving her a good understanding from the public sector perspective. She is currently supporting the North-East Scotland Regional Transport Partnership (Nestrans) in the development of the Aberdeen Rapid Transit Proposals, a project recognised within national transport and planning frameworks and fundamentally underpinned by the need to provide viable alternatives to reduce car use and support the Scottish Governments 20% reduction in car kilometres by 2030 target.

She is also working with Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT) developing a Bus Strategy for the Strathclyde region, as well as working with the Cairngorms National Park Authority to develop a Transport Plan that can deliver long-term transport behaviour change access solutions for the Park. Other ongoing projects include work with both Aberdeen City Council and Highland Council to deliver significant road space reallocation schemes to deliver ambitious bus and active travel improvements, and she is also currently supporting Transport Scotland in their evaluation of the U22 Bus Concessionary Travel Scheme.

Emily is based in Edinburgh and is a Senior Associate in Stantec’s UK-wide Case Making, Data and Modelling team, and is the team’s operations manager. She is currently a reviewer of Portfolio of Technical Knowledge submissions for the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation, reviewing the first step in candidates' journeys towards becoming a Chartered Transport Planning Professional, and is strongly supportive of continual professional development at all career stages. 

For more information please contact:

Fiona Oteng