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SYSTRA continues to be deeply involved with the Paris Metro project - in more ways than one, says VINCENT DUGUAY, SYSTRA’s Urban Director

It’s not often that you receive a short-notice summons to the palace of Westminster, but it happened to me just a few weeks ago.

Insight from Transport Planning Camp [or, what happens when you get 60 transport planners together with no agenda…]

Housing is high on the Government’s agenda. The Housing Infrastructure Fund (HIF) was introduced in July 2017 and was recently allocated an extra £500m funding by the Chancellor in the 2018 Budget.

The original version of this article featured in the October 2018 edition of Rail Engineer www.railengineer.uk

By Boris Johansson, Toby Cuthbertson and Duncan Irons, SYSTRA

The future, as the saying goes, is not what it used to be. The old certainties that have guided transport planning for the last thirty years or more have been rapidly worn away by changing political priorities, technological developments and consumer trends leaving the forecaster with less and less solid ground to stand on. There has never been a crystal ball, but today it can seem more like gazing into a brick wall. So, what is to be done?

This article first appeared in Prospect’s supplement The Future of Transport.

Annual figures from the Office of Rail and Road illustrate the nation’s reliance on rail, with 1.7 billion journeys made last year – more than double the annual total in the mid 1990s.

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