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Rethinking Urban Mobility

Rethinking Urban Mobility

Marcus Morrell
UKIMEA Foresight Lead

Three questions that will shape the future of transport in cities

Cities are a magnet for people as centres for jobs, economic activity and innovation, and urban mobility systems lie at the very heart of what makes cities attractive and viable. However, urban transport is facing an urgent set of challenges as a number of social, technological, economic, environmental and political impacts place further stress on already straining systems.

Rethinking Urban Mobility was produced by Arup as part of the Interchange programme at London Transport Museum, in collaboration with Gowling WLG and Thales UK. The views of over 60 transport regulators, academics, data providers and consultants around the complexity of changes in the transport sector were gathered to produce the findings.

Arup brought together more than 60 leading thinkers and decision makers in the transport industry to consider the challenges and opportunities facing city transport systems and infrastructure in the UK. The report tackles three key questions: what role should cities play in shaping change, how will demand-responsive transport impact urban systems, and do the economic fundamentals of urban transport systems still add up?

The leaders will be cities rather than national governments. They are able to move faster, and transport is often high on mayoral agendas. If we need to regulate, it has to be at the correct time. There is a massive opportunity to do this right.

Richard Bruce
Department for Transport