Last week we attended the London Infrastructure Summit, organised by London First: A day packed with great presentations from Crossrail, Bosch Global, Uber, London First, Transport for London and more.

The Chariot team enjoyed all the discussions around the future of London Infrastructure, and plans for a more sustainable transport.

Here are 5 key takeaways by David Leam, Executive Director, Infrastructure, London First:

  1. Business remains upbeat about infrastructure. – In spite of the Brexit uncertainty hanging over the economy, and the news of Crossrail’s delay still being fresh infrastructure remains a beacon of opportunity.
  2. London’s future infrastructure pipeline looks strong. – in the end we will all have to pay forthe new infrastructure, whether as taxpayers or users.
  3. No more North vs South. – The emergence of a new group of city mayors across the Midlands andNorth, has boosted northern clout and enabled new cross-regional relationships to blossom.
  4. Technology is now centre state. – Companies such as Uber, Intel and Bosch are now at least as visible in the infrastructure debate as traditional contractors, and better use of data and tech was an ever-present theme.
  5. Housing is a core part of the infrastructure debate. – New rail links must now be more than just a railway and must demonstrate that unlocking new housing is core.

Read David’s takeaways in depth here.

Improving access to jobs

At Chariot, one of our missions is to make commuting a sustainable and an enjoyable part of Londoners’ day while reducing travel time and congestion.

Our ride-sharing app has been providing comfortable and, stress-free commutes since our launch in January 2018, and we’re delighted to be bringing the same experience to companies and campuses.

What’s next for Chariot?

Our ride-sharing solution currently serves the public in four areas under-served by Public Transport in London. By cutting the reliance on cars to get to work, we are reducing the number of vehicles on the road to improve commutes and offer a more sustainable solution.

Sarah-Jayne Williams, Ford’s director for Smart Mobility in Europe, believes that a good daily commute can make a real difference to an employee’s life and quality of work.

For the last few months we have been working hard to bring our app-enabled minibuses to office parks, hospitals and universities, and connect these with public transport hubs to reduce journey times.

Companies based in locations less well served by public transport, face challenges attracting and retaining talent. Did you know it costs and average of £30,000 to replace an employee who leaves your company?

A brand new route at Stockley Park

Chariot and easitNETWORKaward-winning sustainable transport group, together partnered up to give Stockley Park’s employees an easy, stress-free and comfortable way to get from Hayes and Harlington station to their offices, and back.

Hayes & Harlington Station is a major transport hub served already by TfL Rail, National Rail, and from next year, the new Elizabeth Line. The 150-acre Stockley Park campus accommodates more than 7,500 employees  from business such as IBM, Apple and BP.

The easitSTOCKLEY PARK Shuttle Bus operates during weekday morning and afternoon peak times, taking a direct route between Hayes & Harlington station and the Stockley Park campus. A further service – the Lunchtime Shopper – connects Stockley Park and the nearby Intu Uxbridge Shopping Centre.

We are very excited to begin the expansion of our shuttle service and partnering with easitNETWORK for our new route at Stockley Park, connecting a major transport hub with thousands of employees.

With big plans for improving London’s infrastructure including Crossrail 2, London is set to have major new transport hubs. At Chariot, our aim is to create easy and stress-free connections between these hubs and business parks, hospitals, universities to help their employees, residents, students with their daily commute.