The Transport Geography Research Group and Transport Scotland held a ‘Bridging the Gap’ event on 6th July at Transport Scotland in Edinburgh. This was timed to coincide with the RGS-IBG annual conference, held in the same city.
The event brought together practitioners, policy makers and academics to share good practice, to identify key policy priorities and to inform future transport geography research.
Workshops involved presentation of international examples of transport geography research under themes identified as important to policy-makers and practitioners. This was followed by wider discussion under each theme, namely
As part of the annual conference of the European Regional Science Association (ERSA), held in Slovakia, a guided tour of a Volkswagen/Audi/Porsche car assembly factory took place. We visited the Bratislava plant, one of the largest and most sophisticated in the world. It produces ~400,000 cars per year and has contributed over 3 million wheeled metal boxes to humanity during its 45 years in operation. This post describes the visit, from the perspective of an environmentally minded transport geographer.