The government must take a more holistic approach to transport design to combat congestion and air pollution, according to a leading engineering consultancy.
Consultant Atkins has called on government and industry to take a collaborative and holistic approach to transport design and delivery. This, it said, would address the urban curses of traffic congestion, air pollution and overcrowded transport networks.
It said that by 2030, 60% of the global population would live in cities, with some predictions estimating vehicle ownership doubling to 2.4bn.
The firm added that intelligent mobility is vital to harness emerging technologies to improve the movement of people and goods.
Atkins has also launched a new approach, “iM”, to provide a platform to highlight what it said were the many substantial economic and social benefits of intelligent mobility, and to develop innovative transportation and infrastructure solutions with clients and government.
“iM places people at the heart of our approach, focusing not only on improving the transit of people and goods, but also on transforming the infrastructure of our cities and rural communities to increase efficiency and safety, maximise resources, boost sustainability, create resilience and promote economic growth,” said Atkins’ iM lead Philip Hoare.
“Collaboration at all levels is essential and Atkins is well-placed to bring together partners, clients, governments and the private sector to solve complex challenges and deliver change.”