Digital technology can help modal shift, claims IPPR report
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