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UK-India collaboration to improve public transport in India

Agreement provides a framework to work together to improve public transport system in selected cities in India.

MoU signing between TfL and govt of India

Transport for London (TfL) and the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways India (MoRTH) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on bilateral cooperation in urban transport policy, planning, technology transfer and institutional organisation for transport on 10 January.

Indian Union Minister Nitin Gadkari along with Chief Technology Officer and Director of Customer Experience TfL, Shashi Verma signed the MoU.

This collaboration between the two authorities will cover urban mobility solutions such as passenger information services, electric vehicle mobility, digital ticketing, major project financing, operations and maintenance strategies, and behavioural change and public transport promotion.

TfL is the local government body responsible for the integrated public transport system in London.

British High Commissioner to India Sir Dominic Asquith KCMG was present at the event and he welcomed the collaboration between the two countries. He said:

TfL has become a great brand due to the extraordinary service that it provides in London, and the UK government would be delighted to work with the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways as the plans develop further.

There is already much to celebrate in terms of UK-India partnership in Pune, Amaravati, and Indore, and we look forward to supporting TfL and MoRTH in the delivery of the project.

Minister Nitin Gadkari said that on his recent visits to London, he was impressed with the integrated approach of public transport. He said, he would like to adopt a similar approach in Indian cities to address the problems of pollution, traffic jam and passenger service. This collaboration will further strengthen ties between the UK and India.

Shashi Verma said that the aim of the MoU is to facilitate TfL to bring London’s expertise in integrated public transport to Indian cities for solving traffic problems, reducing environmental impact and developing solutions which are responsive to citizens’ needs. This would have a positive impact on India’s overall urban experience and economic growth.

TfL has the responsibility for the operation of:

  • London Underground
  • London buses
  • Docklands Light Railway
  • London Overground
  • TfL Rail
  • London trams
  • London river services
  • London Dial-a-Ride
  • Victoria coach station
  • Santander cycles
  • cable car

The UK is the country partner for building three smart cities in India, namely Indore, Pune and Amaravati.

Further information

The India-UK Createch Summit 2018 will be a one day conference in Mumbai on 6 February bringing together thought-leaders from business and government for a series of exclusive keynotes, panel sessions and workshops.

It is designed to celebrate and inspire the convergence of creativity and technology - Createch.

The summit will be the centrepiece of a series of events promoting trade between the UK and India in January and February 2018, with creativity and technology to the fore.

Over 100 British companies from film, music, immersive technology, healthcare, retail, industrial design and sport will visit India in various trade missions to meet leading Indian businesses to discuss opportunities for collaboration and trade between the countries.


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New Delhi 110021, Tel: 44192100; Fax: 24192400

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Published 11 January 2018