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Lack of joined up thinking holding back transport mobility, says Amey Investments white paper

Amey Investments, which helps fund infrastructure projects, has identified the Government’s “lack of joined up thinking” as one of the biggest challenges facing the development of future mobility in the UK.

According to the white paper from Amey, there is a lack of joined up public policy from central Government despite rapid progress in the technologies underpinning mobility.

Asif Ghafoor, Amey Investments, managing director, said: “We are at the cusp of a new era in public mobility infrastructure.

“The challenges ahead are daunting but the potential for good infrastructure to tackle the climate emergency, create social value and support technology-rich SMEs and social enterprises has never been greater. No one has all the answers, so the public and private sectors need to work together to solve the big challenges posed by 21st century mobility needs.”

Ghafoor said there is still uncertainty in the private sector about its role in investing in mobility.

He said there is also the potential of mobility technologies to exclude people who are less affluent, or technology-savvy. 

The "A Better Future for the UK’s infrastructure" paper was put together following a round table meeting in July this year between Amey, Aviva, Ordinance Survey, Wayra, Hogan Lovells, PwC, Oxfordshire County Council, London First, Arup and the Government's Infrastructure and Projects Authority.

The white paper identified key areas needed to help aid transport mobility progress in the future:

  • Clear public policy on mobility from central government but with local and city authorities allowed to shape their mobility strategies according to their own cities’ and towns’ needs

  • Clear revenue models for investors to be developed that also work for local authorities

  • Commitment by decision-makers that any technology-rich infrastructure must not exclude people from society based on their location, income, age or physical or mental abilities

  • Acknowledgement of the significant value that mobility data holds and therefore the need to protect it and make it available on a commercial basis only

  • Commitment in the private sector to attract and retain the people with the skills and ideas to maintain the mobility revolution.

Ghafoor said: “The reward to us as individuals, to businesses, to people delivering public services and to all of society for getting a data and technology-driven mobility sector working well is immense.

“All of us want less congested towns and cities, clean, healthy air and more sustainable means of getting about.  All this is within our grasp, yet we risk it all if action isn’t taken now to tackle head on the pressing challenges faced.”

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