Respondents to an underlying Delphi survey of 104 experts in 29 countries, predict that shortages in transport infrastructure will remain until 2030, with expectations that industrialised countries will lead in transport infrastructure provision.
Although emerging markets such as India and Russia currently invest heavily in transport infrastructure, they will not be able to close the gap completely by 2030. The Delphi panel expects that strong regulatory measures such as toll roads or congestion charges will compensate for the increased level of investment in transport infrastructure.
Klaus-Dieter Ruske, PwC’s partner and global transportation and logistics leader opined that gaps in financing are a paramount concern for all levels of infrastructure – local, national or international. The challenge for both the public as well as the private sector will be to identify ways of cooperation and to create the best win-win situation. “Demand will be managed through regulatory measures, such as toll roads and congestion pricing and by matching demand and supply at it most efficient point,” he said.