Transport Economists’ Group

Formed in 1973, the Group provides a forum for people involved in transport economics to meet regularly and discuss matters of mutual interest. Membership is open to both economists working in transport and all others whose work is connected with transport economics. The aim of the Group is to improve the quality of transport management, planning and decision making by promoting lectures, discussions and publications related to the economics of transport and of the environment within which the industry functions.

Next meeting Wednesday 27 October 2021, 18:00-19:30

Dr Fraser Sommerville of Atkins will speak on Movement as a Service (MaaS).

The concept of Mobility as a Service has been around for over five years, but it remains quite immature in its implementation, with only a small number of practical deployments. It is widely promoted as a transformational solution to address many of the key transport challenges. The presentation will explore what MaaS means and how it has evolved over the last few years, look at the challenges, and describe some of the ongoing developments. The content will draw on Atkins MaaS-related projects carried out for clients such as Transport for the North (TfN), Transport for the West Midlands, Transport for Greater Manchester, the West of England Combined Authority (WECA) and the Department for Transport (DfT). 

Dr Fraser Sommerville leads Future Mobility in Atkins. He has a background in transport technology, starting in university research before moving into consultancy and delivering projects in the UK, Europe, Middle East and the USA. His areas of expertise include traffic and travel information, smart ticketing and more recently MaaS. He led the Atkins input to the DfT Transport Direct journey planning service (an early form of MaaS), provided technical assurance to DfT for its Smart Ticketing on National Rail project and TfN for the Account-Based Back Office Ticketing ABBOT) scheme, and is currently advising WECA on the MaaS workstream as part of the Future Transport Zone (FTZ) Programme.


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