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New transport research centre launched at Welsh university

02 Dec 2022 3 minute read
National Cycle Network Route 4. Picture by rvsrvs (CC BY-SA 3.0). Left, a Class 175 Transport for Wales train.

A research centre focussing on the transport challenges facing society has been launched at Aberystwyth University by the Welsh Government’s Deputy Minister for Climate Change, Lee Waters MS.

The Centre for Transport and Mobility (CeTraM) will bring together researchers from across the University to explore solutions to local, national and global transport issues.

The aim is to inform policies and practices which shape the way people and goods move from place to place, and investigate systems which are more sustainable, equitable and accessible, the university said.

The Deputy Minister for Climate Change with responsibility for Transport, Lee Waters MS, spoke at the launch.

“With the policies we are putting in place, I am confident that we will see significant improvements in bus travel, cycling and walking, with a greater shift towards sustainable transport,” he said.

“Of course, this isn’t just a matter of changing our infrastructure, it’s also a matter of changing behaviours and the new University Research Centre at Aberystwyth University will help us explore ways of doing this by providing innovative solutions to the transport issues that affect us all.”

‘Interdisciplinary’

The new research centre will look at the role of new technologies including low-carbon and automated vehicles, smart cities and intelligent mobility.

Building on existing University research projects and expertise, it will also investigate the impact of transport and mobility services on local communities and the importance of understanding and influencing people’s behaviour to bring about change.

The Centre for Transport and Mobility will be led by Professor Charles Musselwhite from the University’s Department of Psychology and Professor Peter Merriman from the Department of Geography & Earth Sciences.

“Transport and mobility are central to current societal debates on sustainability, climate change, physical activity and health inequalities,” Professor Musselwhite said.

“At a time of great technological revolution, when both public and private sectors are investing considerable amounts on sustainable transport solutions, the aim of the centre is to investigate some of the key questions facing transport policy makers, social scientists and behavioural scientists today and in the future.”

Lee Waters MS, Wales’ Deputy Minister for Climate Change, at the official launch of Aberystwyth University’s Centre for Transport and Mobility with Dr Rachel Rahman, Professor Charles Musselwhite, Vice-Chancellor Professor Elizabeth Treasure, Professor Peter Merriman and Pro Vice-Chancellor Professor Colin McInnes.

Professor Merriman added: “The University has a range of projects focussing on different aspects of transport and mobility.

“This innovative interdisciplinary centre will build on existing research as well as develop new partnerships and collaborations across academia, government, private sector business and organisations, charitable bodies and local communities.”

Further information is available on the website of the Centre for Transport and Mobility (CeTraM).


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hdavies15
hdavies15
1 month ago

Ideal place to set up a “research centre focussing on the transport challenges facing society” because Aber remains a place isolated by design. Rail services should and could have been vastly improved years ago and remain best suited for those wanting to travel to parts of England. The roads are the pits. The tortuous A44 goes to England, the A487 “coastal highway” is designed to kill people. Plenty to work on there folks.

Neil Anderson
Neil Anderson
1 month ago

The advent of the Centre is welcome though long overdue. The transportation sector in Cymru (and elsewhere) attempts to conceal extraordinary waste, misuse of non-renewable resources, gross inefficiency, injury and death. There is work to be done. Just Stop Oil is only the beginning. However, if the Centre means to continue viewing transportation through the lens of mobility, as it would appear from its website, we may get no further than a series of elaborately researched techno-fixes and marginal interventions. First, we need a strategic framework within which we can evaluate polices and proposals. Second, we should identify future demand for… Read more »

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