The UK will move into the fast lane of transport system design on 12 June, with the opening of a new centre for transport modelling and testing in Milton Keynes, as part of the Transport Systems Catapult.
The Imovation Centre will help UK businesses to develop new, smarter ways of moving people and goods, creating opportunities for growth in an industry estimated to be worth up to £900bn by 2025.
The centre will be a national hub for transport modelling and testing, and for the development of new methods of integrating transport systems. Covering over 36,000 square feet, it features world-class IT infrastructure, simulation and modelling rooms, collaboration spaces and innovation labs.
Milton Keynes was chosen to host the Transport Systems Catapult following an extensive nationwide search, in large part because of its ease of access for the transport community, and the presence in the area of a pool of skilled talent.
To mark the opening of the Imovation Centre, the Transport Systems Catapult has organised an eleven-day ‘Imagine Festival‘ to explore intelligent mobility and the future of transport.
With innovation and policy workshops, technology talks, and guided tours of the Imovation Centre, the Imagine Festival will give a taste of the kinds of fast, convenient, integrated travel that the Imovation Centre will make possible.
The Transport Systems Catapult is a centre of excellence which exists to drive business growth, attract investment, and ultimately create jobs through innovation in intelligent mobility. It is one of seven Catapult centres across the country, established by the Technology Strategy Board to transform the UK’s innovation capability in specific sectors ranging from High Value Manufacturing to Cell Therapy.