Professor Roderick Smith, David Hytch, John Walker and Timandra Harkness introduced a discussion on the social and financial costs of transport. Chaired by Keith McCabe.
Can science and technology provide the solutions for our transport problems? The costs of transport can’t just be measured in simple financial terms; the wider environmental and social costs need to be considered when identifying solutions. The squeeze on the public finances is limiting the level of investment in transport infrastructure; can there be a cost effective way to tackle the transport issues? Can road user charging ever be considered as an appropriate strategy for reducing congestion? This expert panel will discuss the options for improving travel and how the wider costs can be taken into account when formulating the best solutions.
Will the new trams, high speed railways and electric cars be the solution to our transport problems? What are the wider the wider social and environmental costs and issues that need to be considered? Will science and technology will help solve our transport problems or will we just end up paying more?
A panel of experts addresses the contributions that science and technology can make to the development of road and rail transport. This event is part of the Manchester Science Festival.
Professor Roderick A Smith FREng, ScD – Chief Scientific Advisor to the Department for Transport, past president of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and chair of the Future Rail research Centre at Imperial College
David Hytch – Information Systems Director, Transport for Greater Manchester
John Walker – Research Fellow at Transport Research Group at University of Southampton
Timandra Harkness – Writer and Broadcaster
Keith McCabe – Managing Director of KAM Futures and Chair of IET Manchester Network Transport Technical Group
The Manchester Salon is participating in the fabulous Manchester Science Festival for the third year running, where you can explore the wonder of science with nine days of events designed to highlight and explore the myriad ways that science touches our lives; enjoy beautiful installations, films on the big screen in a beautiful warehouse setting, immersive science experiences, intriguing evening events, inspiring talks and debates, hands-on workshops and more during 27 October - 4 November 2012. Manchester Science Festival is proudly produced by MOSI, see http://www.manchestersciencefestival.com for full details.