Efficient transport systems are essential to the health and wealth of the UK, its businesses, its economy and its people. The Transport Systems Catapult seeks to exploit the massive potential market for new products and services that will support the integration of transport and its systems. The key challenge is how to increase mobility: the efficient and cost effective movement of people and goods. Constraints on land and investment mean that the only way to overcome this challenge will be to work in a coordinated and collaborative way to develop improved transport systems and thereby unlock latent capacity.
The Transport Systems Catapult will provide a national centre for transport modelling and monitoring
- a place where the latest theories on how transport systems interact and function can be tested against real world demonstrators, and
- a place where systems can be safely and objectively tested.
The Transport Systems Catapult is to be the neutral space in which players from different transport sectors and from different points of the supply chain are able to interact with one another to jointly develop wholly new systems and approaches.
The work of the Catapult will position the UK as the leading provider of innovative and integrated transport solutions to the rest of the world, a market that is estimated to be worth c£900bn by 2025.
Making it happen
This group, the Transport Systems Catapult network - a collaboration between the Technology Strategy Board and the Transport Knowledge Transfer Network - is the main forum for engagement and discussions with businesses, academics and other stakeholders interested in the establishment of the Transport Systems Catapult.
The Enhanced Business case for the Transport Systems Catapult was endorsed by the Technology Strategy Board's Governing Board in Jan 2013.