The report focuses on the quality and effectiveness of transport networks across our UK cities. Peter Hogg, UK Cities Director at Arcadis
, opened the event with a warm welcome, before talking about the importance of urban mobility in our daily lives.
As Peter summarised, mobility represents both challenges and opportunities for our cities. It is fundamental to the everyday functioning of a city and underpins wider economic performance. Spending money on infrastructure is one of the most effective ways of creating jobs and long-term prosperity. However, as an industry we need to pay far greater attention to the experience of the passenger.
The mantle was taken up by our keynote speaker, The Rt Hon John Hayes MP, Minister of State for Transport Legislation and Maritime
. The Minister made clear that the challenge for government is to ensure it puts enough investment behind big infrastructure decisions. Our cities lie at the heart of these decisions, and are where we face the biggest challenges. However, our cities also provide the opportunity to be bolder and do more dramatic things that will improve our mobility.
Echoing Peter’s sentiments around the importance of the passenger, the Minister went on to emphasise that Crossrail, HS2 and the Road Investment Strategy are all bold projects that will transform lives for generations. Transport needs to be about unlocking potential. The compatibility of policies – from housing and infrastructure, through to investment and employment – will transform not only our cities, but our society.
Drawing his speech to a close – and simultaneously setting the scene for an evening of networking and debate - the Minister exhorted us all to “dare to dream.”
To find out where the UK’s leading cities rank for the sustainability of their urban mobility networks, download the Urban Mobility for Smarter Cities