Q&A with Intelligent Transport Conference’s Alistair Lenczner
Ahead of 2018’s Intelligent Transport Conference on 1-2 November, we asked Alistair Lenczner what he’s most looking forward to about this year’s event.
What can delegates expect to learn from your session(s) at this year’s Intelligent Transport Conference?
In an era where people talk more and more about ‘smart infrastructure’, I will be discussing why we need to remember how to do smarter-planned infrastructure.
The proposed HS4Air project is an example of smarter-planned infrastructure that plans infrastructure in a more integrated, joined-up manner that maximises benefits, provides better value to the public and reduces environmental impacts.
What would you say has been the biggest step forward in transport technology in recent years?
I would have to say the Citymapper app and other user-friendly smartphone travel apps.
In your opinion, which public transport organisations do you think are doing the best work to modernise transport?
RATP stands out to me.
What challenges do you think the public transport sector will face in the future concerning how transport technology is utilised?
It will be a challenge to secure on-demand transport options that can provide a public alternative to Uber.
Alistair Lenczner is a cross-discipline designer with over 30 years experience working internationally on major building and infrastructure projects. As a chartered engineer, Alistair spent several years working at consulting engineers Arup and later, Foster and Partners where he became a Partner. Projects on which he has had a significant contribution include the renovation of the Louvre Museum (Paris), the Padre Pio Church (Italy), the new Wembley Stadium, the Millau Viaduct and the Slussen master plan in Stockholm. Now, Director at Expedition Engineering, Alistair has recently been involved with the design of the new HS2 stations at London Euston and Old Oak Common. Whilst at Expedition he has led the development of the HS4Air proposal for an orbital high-speed railway around London connecting Gatwick and Heathrow airports.