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Future of Highways

Future of Highways

Josef Hargrave
Global Foresight Leader
foresight@arup.com
+44 (0) 20 7636 1531

How will global megatrends impact the future of highways?

Looking ahead, highways and transport infrastructure will face increasing pressures and impacts from a range of issues including changing weather patterns, population growth, capacity constraints, shortages of land and capital, and rapidly changing technologies that outstrip the pace of new infrastructure development. Changing travel behaviours will also have a significant impact on transport solutions in the decades to come.

So what will highways look like in the future? And how will they cope in a world experiencing a rising demand for mobility and freight capacity? The report explores how highways might evolve over time by examining the megatrends likely to shape the future.

The thought-piece takes a user perspective, bringing future scenarios to life with fictional user journeys. It also highlights present day innovations from around the world, including work Arup is leading, from wireless charging of electric buses in Milton Keynes to consolidation centres for electric freight vehicles in London.

The long-term goal will be to create an integrated transport network with seamless connections to multiple modes including cars, buses, rail and non-motorised transport. By thinking across modes, we can move towards a connected, low-carbon future.