With growing congestion and seemingly constant disruption in our cities and on our roads and public transport, we need to find a way to address the lack of capacity in our infrastructure network. As population growth places mounting pressure on already strained services, we need to look to the future and how we can use new technologies to improve the experience for everyone who relies on the UK’s transport infrastructure to get around.
As a chartered town planner since 2011, I know all too well what people think of my profession. And as a district councillor in Lichfield, I am also acutely aware of the challenges council planning teams face.
The UK faces some major economic and productivity challenges. We’re currently ranked 5th out of the G7 countries for productivity, 85th in the world in terms of macroeconomic environment in the World Economic Forum Global Competitiveness Index and only just make the top 20 for spending on research and development as a proportion of GDP; lower than countries such as the Czech Republic, Austria, USA and Slovenia. We need to make up ground, fast.
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