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Transport Systems Catapult 5 year plan is approved

Click here to download the Transport Systems Catapult approved Five Year Delivery Plan.

The plan underwent extensive consultation with key stakeholders across business, government and academia. Feedback was reflected in - and heavily influenced - the final document that was approved by the TSB Governing Board on 18 October 2013.

The Transport Systems Catapult held a launch event at the London Transport Museum on 23rd October, where the 5 year plan was introduced and presented, and endorsed by key industry figures.  See pics from the event here.  Who can you spot?

They also introduced the new video that captures the vision for the Catapult...

Reproduced below is the Executive summary - you can read the full plan here.

" Over recent years, the global demand for transport has increased significantly faster than the investment required to meet it, leading to growing congestion across all transport modes. There is a significant global opportunity potentially worth £900 billion annually by 2025 for improved ‘intelligent’ transport systems that unlock latent capacity. Although the UK is well positioned to take advantage of this opportunity through its expertise in transport modelling, design, planning and testing, there is scope to do much more, through investment in a unifying entity that can provide the focus for innovation in mobility.

The vision of the TSC is to drive the UK’s global leadership in Intelligent Mobility, promoting sustained UK economic growth and wellbeing. We request a five-year core grant of £46.6 million from the TSB to make this happen. In return, we believe we can generate £712 million of linked economic value within the same period. This comprises £66 million of additional contributions from commercial and collaborative partners in TSC projects, £454 million of direct economic benefits as a result of TSC activities and £193 million of wider economic benefits as a result of TSC activities (all numbers rounded to nearest £ million). Within our first few years of operation, we will investigate further opportunities to invest and exploit the huge market in intelligent transport systems.

We will become the ‘go-to’ place for Intelligent Mobility, developing global leadership in Integrated Transport Systems. £76 million will be invested to develop a balanced portfolio from our existing pipeline of over 70 innovation projects to prove the commercial viability of new concepts, and to build advanced integrated modelling and test facilities that will promote the development of new multi-modal transport approaches. To support this, we will drive greater unification of the transport sector. Together, these projects and facilities will enable us to build a valuable set of capabilities, skills and assets that we will use to generate the £66 million of non-core-funded income.

We want to act as a ‘magnet’ for innovation activity in Intelligent Mobility, so we are creating a 36,000 square foot Innovation Centre in Milton Keynes – a facility for innovators to collaborate and to demonstrate and discuss their products and services directly with UK and international businesses.

We have strong engagement with many major organisations in transport. We are working with many of the UK’s leading universities, supporting a number of Industrial Doctorate Centres. We also have an extensive programme of SME engagement and support, including the opportunity to meet potential investors, showcase their innovations to UK and international companies, meet other innovative companies and become integral parts of TSC project teams.

Our plan is ambitious but realistic. It has been widely reviewed by our stakeholders, with over 500 comments received to date. We want to change the face of UK transport to deliver a future where integrated transport is the norm and where goods and people can be moved seamlessly. We want to lead the world in Intelligent Mobility and, with your support, we can make a real difference.  "

The TSC already has over 70 project opportunities in its pipeline and have committed to delivering the following:

  • Demonstrator – Low-Carbon Urban Transport Zone (LUTZ)
  • Modelling and system intelligence – Instant Weather (‘Now-Casting’)
  • Business environments – DfT Innovation in Contracts and Operations
  • Shared knowledge base – Autonomous Vehicle Systems Review
  • Disruptive idea – Sentiment Mapping for Transport Systems

The National Transport Systems Modelling (NTSM) facility and the Integrated Testing Environment (ITE) are the TSC’s first two strategic innovation platforms.

Read all about these and other items in the 5 year plan.

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