Better links are needed between networks ISSUE NUMBER: TT138
Throughout history, infrastructure connectivity has promoted economic activity, demonstrated by the rise of different transport modes, from the canals and ports that fuelled the industrial revolution to rail, roads and aviation. But given the present-day challenges facing the country, including population growth and climate change, improving connectivity between transport modes will be key to maintaining economic prosperity. Modernisation of the UK's transport networks must focus on both building capacity and improving connectivity between modes. The UK's rail and road networks suffer from severe overcrowding and heavy congestion, yet there is still little connectivity or coordination between the two.
To achieve an integrated transport network, different transport modes must not compete or be planned in isolation. A vision of an integrated transport network connects railways with roads, ports, airports and strategic freight depots. Joined-up thinking and an integrated approach to infrastructure planning would improve both city and rural life and pave the way for more sustainable transport solutions.
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