As part of Tomorrow’s Engineers Week, year 9 at The Leigh UTC participated in a Future Transport Challenge on Thursday 7th November.

Facilitated by Phil Edwards of Weald Technology Limited, two separate workshops were held during the day.

Beginning with discussing sustainable transport, students went on to explore a number of international case studies looking at traffic congestion, air quality, energy usage and possible solutions to transport issues.

With the specific remit of looking at Dartford, the area around the academy, students worked in small groups to come up with their own ideas on how traffic locally might be better managed.

Ideas included:

  • Better use of the River Thames as a transport highway
  • Use of drone technology for deliveries
  • Lower cost or free public transport
  • A cable car across the Thames at Dartford
  • Electric vehicles

Students then took the opportunity to present their ideas to their peers.