Simply Connect: The Benefits

This page lists some of the benefits Simply ConnectTM is expected to achieve:

Macro-economic: The most economically dynamic cities have transport systems that enable easy, unplanned mobility, giving residents freedom of control over their personal movements. Successful UK examples include London (a public transport system that effectively offers mobility on demand) and Milton Keynes (easy, free-flowing car travel).

Social inclusion: Elsewhere, a large swathe of the population (the elderly, young, people with disabilities, economically disadvantaged – or those who cannot or do not want to drive) are isolated from jobs, friends, and essential services: loneliness leads to increased mortality; businesses and public services each face extra costs and loss of potential customer and staff bases.

Technological: Simply Connect gives scope to trial and facilitate public acceptance of autonomous and low carbon vehicles.

Environmental: Simply Connect allows for substantial carbon, and particularly air quality benefits. These are realised by making the transport system more efficient (with reduced vehicle miles for the same personal journeys), and by replacing the use of self-driven older vehicles on short journeys, often with cold engines, with new low carbon vehicles with professional drivers able to be monitored in their driving style.

Employment: Simply Connect shifts the act of driving to securely paid employees. This leads to increased tax revenues, and sharp increases in the proportion of transport spend re-circulating within local economies. Travellers can make better use of their time on the move.

Manufacturing: There is a market gap for an appropriate new global vehicle platform to be developed. These new vehicles could be locally manufactured in pilot cities.

Infrastructure: Investment in infrastructure can genuinely enhance journeys, rather than being directed at short-term relief of suppressed demand.

Community: Street life could be transformed through reductions in vehicle movements, pollution and levels of parking.

Resilience: As a fully flexible transport system that can avoid problems by re-scheduling or re-routeing individual journeys, the system offers greater resilience than fixed infrastructure.

Safety and security: Improved road and personal safety and security is achieved through reduced traffic levels, lower stress levels for users (as journey times are managed), modern safe vehicles, safer driving, and removing the need to wait at remote bus stops.