What sort of future will Scots vote for? The democracy of transport markets increasingly dominate the democracy of the ballet box for influence over the future, and the internet of things is creating a vast social machine that will look very different in five years. If our policians are not putting intelligent highways, smart grids to manage transport energy, and reform of transport taxation in the manifestos then they may find they increasingly lack the capability to establish socio-democratic control over aggregated information and to prevent its misuse.
There are many big changes going on that require strong policy responses. There is no scenario that suggests that business as usual in Scottish transport will be successfully perpetuated into the future. New collaborative control systems enabled by technology are changing the economics of transport, intelligent and low carbon transport opportunities require new types of infrastructure, social attitudes are changing, and demographic trends affect who and how transport is being financed.
Contribute to the debate about what changes are needed to transport governance in Scotland. What needs to happen? Who should lead the change? How should it be paid for?
Come to our Round Table on 13th October 2015.