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Roundtable: The impact on Kent & Medway’s built environment of developments in transport technology

Until recently transport has remained largely unchanged, characterised by slow incremental innovation and costly infrastructure. But as Sampo Hietanen writes ‘In a modern world, the purpose will no longer be to improve the transport system by doing more or building more capacity, but by doing things in a smarter way.’

Digital technology is transforming infrastructure, evidenced not least in the development of user orientated services – leading to what is being called ‘intelligent mobility’. We will see a change from transport as an operationally driven system to one that is responsive to user needs, shifting the emphasis from systems that connect a limited number of places at speed – the high-speed model – to a multimodal approach that connects many, using real time information to create a joined-up transport service.

These developments will challenge how we think about transport and radically change the way we plan settlements, neighbourhoods and streets. Much of this thinking is currently focussed on urban mobility; but Kent and Medway have significant rural populations, with very different mobility issues to that of urban areas. So, join us to hear from two leading transport thinkers as we debate this implications on how we shape rural and urban places of the future.


Alexander Jan, Director, Arup
Annalie Riches, Founding Director, Mikhail Riches

The roundtable will be chaired by DSE Director, Chris Lamb, and will use the Chatham House Rule.

Date: Tuesday 16th October 2018
Time: 9:00 – 11:00
Location: Quarterhouse, 49 Tontine Street, Folkestone, CT20 1BN.

By invitation only to Partner and Key Partner members of Kent Design.

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