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UK Launches Research Hub to Decarbonise Transport Networks

The new national hub will provide expertise, innovative modelling and engagement to support net zero transport networks.

Transport is the largest contributor to UK domestic greenhouse gas emissions, but it is also the engine of economic growth. To meet net zero emissions by 2050 and protect our economy, it is crucial that our transport infrastructure evolves to meet the challenges of climate change, whether that is flooding or extreme heat.

The new Research Hub for Decarbonised Adaptable and Resilient Transport Infrastructures (DARe) will identify pathways and solutions for delivering a resilient, net-zero transport system that works for people and communities. It will host world-leading researchers who will provide expertise, modelling and data tailored to each area and each transport challenge.

Funding of £10 million has been awarded by the Department for Transport and UK Research and Innovation, the UK government funder of research.

Professor Phil Blythe CBE, Professor of Intelligent Transport Systems, and head of the Future Mobility Group, Newcastle University, said:

“We are delighted to be awarded the Hub which will be the national focus for research into how we decarbonise and make resilient our Transport Infrastructure. The Hub will engage widely to bring together the leading academics from across the UK and their civic and industry partners so we can focus on understanding the underpinning science and engineering to enable us to tackle these real challenges and provide the models that will help us understand the impact and find the most appropriate solutions.”

This investment in the climate resilient development of our transport system will keep the UK at the forefront of the green industrial revolution and accelerate the transition to a secure and prosperous green economy.

Professor Miles Padgett, EPSRC