Amey calls for joined-up approach for mobility opportunity

Amey has called for a joined-up public policy for future mobility in its first white paper.

The wide-ranging Mobility White Paper produced by Amey Investments highlights how the UK’s mobility sector ‘could and should be’.

Key challenges are highlighted in the paper, and actions proposed if the UK is to develop an enriched mobility sector that works sustainably, delivers social value and supports SMEs, including social enterprises.

Amongst several proposed actions, Amey Investments calls for:

  • Clear public policy on mobility from central government but with local and city authorities allowed to shape their mobility strategies according to their own cities’ and towns’ needs.

  • Clear revenue models for investors to be developed that also work for local authorities.

  • Commitment by decision-makers that any technology-rich infrastructure must not exclude people from society based on their location, income, age or physical or mental abilities.

  • Acknowledgement of the significant value that mobility data holds and therefore the need to protect it and make it available on a commercial basis only.

  • Commitment in the private sector to attract and retain the people with the skills and ideas to maintain the mobility revolution.

At a launch event at the London Transport Museum last night attended by over 160 industry and public sector representatives, Asif Ghafoor, managing director at Amey Investments, said: “One of the key drivers of why we wanted to put the work into developing the papers is because we recognise in infrastructure our environment is changing, technology is coming into this space at a pace which we have never seen before.

“This market is changing, and what we are finding very often is actually a lot of us who historically worked in infrastructure, and new people coming in to the space, are not quite sure what our roles are.”

Ghafoor added: “What part should the public sector be playing? What part should the private sector be playing? That was the main conundrum of the question we set ourselves when we looked at the green paper launch at the start of the year and this, our first white paper which has followed that process.”

The Mobility White Paper is part of a series of five papers to be published over the coming months and follows a programme of work launched earlier in 2019 by Amey Investments to explore A Better Future for the UK’s infrastructure. The paper is designed to stimulate thinking, discussion and, ultimately, prompt actions across the public and private sectors and stakeholders operating in the infrastructure market. 

The white paper findings and recommendations come from a roundtable discussion, led by Ghafoor and his team, working with Partnerships Bulletin.

Mobility – a future that is sustainable, delivers social value, and benefits SMEs and social enterprises is available to read here.

The next white paper from Amey Investments looks at the energy sector and more specifically, how local heat networks infrastructure can play a significant role in achieving national carbon reduction targets. This will be launched in early 2020.