Engineering consultancy Arup have recently announced their vision for future highways and how they may look in 50 years.
Whilst this may seem long in advance Tony Marshall, leader of Arup’s Global Highways group, said that “anticipating and researching future trends will help us move towards a connected, low-carbon future, where mobility solutions put users at the heart of design and potential challenges are addressed as early as possible”- therefore in the view of Arup ‘the more advanced the better’.
Included in the future vision report were several ideas focused at reducing the use of fossil fuels- both through electric charged vehicles and solar panelled road surfaces. In addition to reducing emissions, the renewable powered road surfaces would allow for constant charging of electric vehicle’s batteries in addition to providing LED lighting on lanes and heating to reduce the danger of snow and ice in cold seasons. These developments would not only benefit the environment, but would also provide much safer driving conditions for road users.
"While temperature-sensitive paint and solar surfaces may seem far-fetched, the innovations envisioned in this report are already being tested and piloted around the world… they will change the way that we approach mobility and freight transport and will provide safer more reliable and more environmentally friendly highway infrastructure for generations to come,” Marshall said.
These plans come in a forward response to the anticipated change of increased city population thus congestion, something which London is currently answering to by means of the Crossrail and HS2/HS3 projects.
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