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Developments in the UK road transport from a smart cities perspective

Subashini Suresh (Faculty of Science and Engineering, School of Architecture and Built Environment, University of Wolverhampton, Wolverhampton, UK)
Suresh Renukappa (Faculty of Science and Engineering, University of Wolverhampton, Wolverhampton, UK)
Abdul-Rashid Abdul-Aziz (School of Housing Building and Planning, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang, Malaysia)
Yogeswary Paloo (Faculty of Science and Engineering, University of Wolverhampton, Wolverhampton, UK)
Haddy Jallow (Costain Plc, London, UK)

Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management

ISSN: 0969-9988

Article publication date: 16 July 2020

Issue publication date: 28 April 2021

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Abstract

Purpose

A smart city is a city that functions in a sustainable and intelligent way, by integrating all of its infrastructures and services in a cohesive way using intelligent devices for monitoring and control, to ensure efficiency and better quality of life for its citizens. As other countries globally, the UK is keen on economic development and investment in smart-city missions to create interest in monetary environment and inward investment. This paper aims to explore the driving forces of smart road transport transformation and implementation in the UK.

Design/methodology/approach

The study involved interviews with 16 professionals from the UK road transport sector. A semi-structured interview technique was used to collect experts' perception, which was then examined using content analysis.

Findings

The results of the study revealed that the technological advancement is a key driver. The main challenges faced during the implementation of smart-city elements in the UK road network are lack of investment, maintenance, state of readiness and the awareness of the smart road transport concept. The study concludes that an understanding of the concept of smart cities from a road transport perspective is very important to create awareness of the benefits and the way it works. A wider collaboration between every sector is crucial to create a successful smart city.

Originality/value

The study contributes to the field of digitalisation of road transport sector. This paper reveals the key driving forces of smart road transport transformation, the current status of smart road transport implementation in the UK and challenges of the smart road transport development in the UK.

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Citation

Suresh, S., Renukappa, S., Abdul-Aziz, A.-R., Paloo, Y. and Jallow, H. (2021), "Developments in the UK road transport from a smart cities perspective", Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management, Vol. 28 No. 4, pp. 845-862. https://doi.org/10.1108/ECAM-12-2019-0687

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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