Hi-tech systems will also lead to a "railway renaissance", said the report produced by the Institution of Civil Engineers on behalf of the Engineering Council. Entitled A Vision for Transport 2020, the report predicts and recommends:
Collision-avoidance systems for cars and speed-limiting electronic devices on cars;
Closed-circuit television cameras in each street to combat crime;
Better transport links, including improved access to ports;
Improved walking and cycling facilities.
Professor Tony Ridley, chairman of the steering group which produced the report, said: "There certainly is a mass of transport problems as we look towards the year 2020 and we need to act to stem these problems. We could develop our society in a way that is less dependent on motorised transport. We have the techniques and technologies."