Glamorgan University has secured a bid worth almost £45,000 to investigate the feasibility of establishing a research hub to address transport issues in Wales.
With funding from the Knowledge Exploitation Fund, the proposed hub will pull together existing pockets of expertise and link up with other stakeholders and networks in the UK and Europe, in line with Wales’ and Europe’s policies on transport development.
Director of Glamorgan’s Wales Transport Research Centre, Leighton James, said: ’Transport policy is key to the development, sustainability and environmental impact of a region. It is therefore important to have a strong and dynamic transport research community in Wales to compete on a national and international stage to ensure that Wales develops and delivers the policy and implementation plans for its needs.’
The hub could deliver a fully complementary breadth of experience and knowledge that brings together transport policy and planning, freight and logistics, social dimensions and travel behaviour, engineering, emerging technologies, road safety and other transport related activities; all of which would provide Wales with the ability to address many research needs, both national and international.
James said: ‘A collaborative Wales transport hub could achieve major performance gains and enhanced competitiveness through innovative research results and effective translation of these into graduate, post graduate education, industrial opportunities and an informed and efficient transport policy and system in Wales.’
The feasibility study will make recommendations about the most effective way to develop such a Hub so that it will aid the development of the Welsh knowledge based economy and support the Assembly’s WaVE (Wales, a vibrant economy) and sustainability strategies.