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Andreas Markides' Presidential blog
Streets of the Future
04 July 2017
I was delighted to have been asked to chair the morning session of the
Streets for the Future Conference
which was held at Britannia Walk on the 4th July. Under the guidance of Andrew Hugill, CIHT Director of Policy and Technical Affairs, the Institution has been central to the debate about the form and character that our streetscape should take. This topic is of course also relevant to my Presidential theme of Creating Better Places. It was encouraging to hear the exciting work taking place from this subject around the country and Europe!
Did you know…
Billions of pounds spent upgrading motorways and roads may be a waste of money because traffic levels are expected to fall, ministers have been told.
A study by the University of Leeds has said that people were travelling “less often and less far” by car because of the rise of internet shopping, Netflix and flexible working.
The Commission on Travel Demand said that individuals used cars and other vehicles 14% less than they did fifteen years ago with more of those in their late teens and early 20s shunning car ownership altogether.
Hence, even though traffic has reached record levels as a result of population growth, the study has concluded that vehicles were likely to travel 70 billion miles less by 2040 than the government predicted.
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