Dig­i­tal tech­nol­ogy can help modal shift, claims IPPR re­port

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Dig­i­tal tech­nol­ogy of­fers an “un­prece­dented chance” to fight Lon­don’s trans­port prob­lems - but ac­tion is ur­gently needed.

So claims a re­port is­sued by the In­sti­tute of Pub­lic Pol­icy Re­search (IPPR), which ar­gues that de­vel­op­ments such as on-de­mand pri­vate hire and car clubs “could in­ter­act within Lon­don’s trans­port sys­tem to de­liver pos­i­tive network ef­fects”.

The IPPR re­port, Cross­roads: choos­ing a fu­ture for Lon­don’s trans­port in the dig­i­tal age, ar­gues that “a vi­sion and frame­work for new trans­port tech­nolo­gies” should be built into the Lon­don Mayor’s Trans­port Strat­egy.

Other rec­om­men­da­tions in­clude ap­point­ing a ‘chief dig­i­tal of­fi­cer’ for the city, as well as man­dat­ing Trans­port for Lon­don “to in­ves­ti­gate the po­ten­tial for a smart charg­ing sys­tem and an in­te­grated road pric­ing scheme”.

Ac­cord­ing to the re­port, modal shift “from pri­vate to pub­lic and ac­tive trans­port” has al­ready been tak­ing place, by more than 10% be­tween 2000 and 2015.

A copy of the re­port can be found via the IPPR’s web­site, www. ippr.org

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