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The UK and Japan Set to Collaborate Closely on Ageing Transport Infrastructure and Maintenance

On a recent trip to Japan, Dr. Brian Collins, Director of the International Centre for Infrastructure Futures at University College London, explained the increased investment into infrastructure research and collaboration due to the need for change from both an engineering and governance point of view.

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Dr. Yozo Fujino, Professor at the Institute of Advanced Sciences at Yokohama National University, brought attention to the very start of the infrastructure construction, in time for Tokyo 1964, the first time Japan hosted the Olympic Games. He explained that the value of the Tokyo Metropolitan Expressway continually increases, inversely proportional to the increase in age.

The keyword for both speakers was increased collaboration.

Due to the ageing of vast and well-established transport infrastructure networks, the UK and Japan have a lot in common.

The Science and Innovation network at the British Embassy in Tokyo, working together with UKTI and the GREAT Campaign, organised a collaborative mission and series of talks late last year to consider Ageing Transport Infrastructure Maintenance.

The themes of the workshop focused on five areas for potential collaboration

  • Infrastructure management
  • Materials
  • Monitoring and inspection
  • Data analysis
  • Sociological issues in transport

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