As Peru heads towards its bicentennial celebrations in 2021, the country is focused on defining its future transport vision, particularly in Lima, the country’s capital and the fifth largest city in South America, with a population of more than 10.5 million.
On 28 March 2019, the UK Embassy in Lima played host to local government officials for a half-day presentation and panel discussion on “Building a transport vision towards Peru’s bicentenary – best practices from London City.”
“The forum provided an understanding of London’s history in infrastructure and transport planning, showing how transport can drive wider growth within a city. The panel discussions gave policymakers valuable input to start building a common vision for Lima and Callao and using transport as an opportunity to create smart and connected municipalities,” said Rebecca Venn, Crossrail International’s Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC).
The Forum included two London presentations: “Transport as an opportunity and megaproject management models – the Crossrail case”, by Martin Buck, expert adviser at Crossrail International; and “Planning as a key element to move towards a smart city”, by Julian Ware, Head of Major Project Funding at Transport for London (TfL). Both shared their experiences in the improvement of transport in London.
The presentations and panel discussions were particularly relevant to Lima’s hosting of the XVIII Pan American Games which take place later this year in July/August. It will be the largest sporting event ever to be hosted in Peru, accommodating over 9,500 athletes and team officials from 41 nations.
With thousands of athletes, tourists and citizens circulating throughout the city of Lima and Callao to attend the sporting events, adequate transport services will be required as well as access roads, traffic management and security.
“The Games will provide a very unique experience,” said Kate Harrisson, UK Ambassador to Peru. “The country will have a great challenge in organising the Lima 2019 Pan American and Parapan American Games, which has the support of the United Kingdom through the Government-to-government Agreement,” she added.
The visit to Lima is representative of the UK’s interests in Peru, with good relations existing between the two countries. Dignitaries in attendance included the Mayor of Lima, Jorge Muñoz, and the Deputy Minister of Transport, Carlos Estremadoyro.
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