We’ve been shortlisted for a Smarter Travel Award

We’ve been shortlisted for a Smarter Travel Award

A proposal on autonomous vehicles has been shortlisted for a Smarter Travel Award in the Best Connected Transport Award category. Written by Nick Ruxton-Boyle our Transport Director for Transport Planning the proposal is to develop a four-step road design strategy which accommodates an increasing level of connected and autonomous vehicles (CAVs) from today to 2050, maximising the benefits this technology can bring to the UK road network over the next 30 years. We will be partnering with Digital Greenwich Cities and basing indicative and iterative designs on an urban road section in the Royal Borough of Greenwich forming part of The Smart Mobility Living Lab: London, which will be the global CAV test bed for developing technology.

The focus of our strategy is to maximise both environmental and economic benefits of CAV roll out. The environmental benefits of this iterative road design approach can see early road space reallocation to provide solutions to urban flooding and improving air quality. Transforming the urban concrete and tarmac jungle into green spaces, places to stop, think and eat, as well as providing interchange points for the mobile and autonomous fleet to serve its customers. In addition there are predicted substantial financial benefits in maintaining road infrastructure and increased resilience to climate change, through greater use of permeable carriageway surfaces.

Congratulations to all those shortlisted and we look forward to seeing you at the awards and conference in a couple of weeks.