Gowling WLG transport report calls for long-term planning implementation across UK transport services to meet passengers' needs

10 July 2024

International law firm Gowling WLG, in collaboration with London Transport Museum, Mott MacDonald and Hitachi Rail, has launched a new report, 'Making transport fit for the future', which examines how transport can better support low-carbon futures by giving people more reasons to choose sustainable travel.

Calling for long-term planning in the form of three ‘building blocks’, the report highlights travellers’ needs for affordable, reliable, convenient, safe and accessible transport systems. The first building block, called ‘Strong Foundations’, sets out the need for fundamental improvements to existing transport systems; ‘Visionary Outlook’ charts the course for long-term sustainability and resilience; and ‘Bold Transition’ advocates for innovation and experimentation.

Key calls to action set out in the report include the need for:

  • Strong, visionary and bold leadership, supported by government commitment;
  • Embracing technological advancements;
  • Collaboration among stakeholders including government bodies, regulatory agencies, businesses, and communities;
  • Consideration of social outcomes in future transport schemes, such as wider benefits to communities, e.g. public health.

Giles Clifford, Partner at Gowling WLG, said: "Transport is about people. Fifteen years ago, you wouldn't have dreamed about hiring a bike or scooter on the street or calling a taxi with a phone app. However, change is inevitable so where will we all be in a further fifteen years and beyond?

"At Gowling WLG, we work in transport, tech and the built environment around the world and it has been immensely rewarding to be involved in the discussions that have produced this report; we've focussed on how to get things done and what can be done, but above all on how to pick and deliver the changes that will work for everyone."

Download our report, 'Making transport fit for the future', to explore the insights and recommendations for planning and delivering transport systems that meet the needs of tomorrow's society.

Media contacts

Dawn Beddard Senior Corporate Communications Manager Birmingham