Amey Mobility has produced a white paper on how the UK's mobility sector could and should work.
The Mobility White Paper is the first in Amey's policy thinking about future technology challenges that highlights actions proposed for the UK if it is to develop an enriched mobility sector that works sustainably, delivers social value and supports SMEs including social enterprises.
The paper is designed to stimulate thought, discussion and ultimately prompt actions across the public and private sectors and stakeholders operating in the infrastructure market.
Among several proposed actions, Amey Investments calls for:
- 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; and
- Commitment in the private sector to attract and retain the people with the skills and ideas to maintain the mobility revolution.
Asif Ghafoor, managing director at Amey Investments, 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.
"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."