Manchester stakes its place as ‘global city of the future’

Manchester has been named amongst the world’s top smart city destinations of the future, according to a report which revealed it is excelling in a number of areas, including road safety, air quality and ease of public transport use.

Deloitte’s City Mobility Index (DCMI) offers an in-depth study of 18 major cities, including Paris, Berlin, and New York, examining their transportation landscape and future of mobility readiness.

The report analyses key aspects of mobility, such as public transit, air quality, and each city’s vision and strategy, ranking destinations from ‘emerging’ to ‘global leader’.

Manchester emerged as the only city in the UK to feature outside of London in the report.

The city also demonstrated a strong vision and strategy for the future, showing promise in overcoming challenges associated with the use of private vehicles within the city by supporting shared mobility, electric vehicle schemes and testing autonomous vehicles.

Simon Bedford, partner at Deloitte Real Estate, said: “We are delighted to launch the first iteration of the global cities index and equally pleased to see Manchester feature so prominently. The city is demonstrating an ability to adapt to the future, and it is testament to how far this city has come that it is now mentioned alongside key global cities.

“This work, alongside other research Deloitte delivers through the global business, is given us a great market platform that has seen the Manchester real estate practice earn over half its revenue outside the city in 2017. It is gratifying and exciting to see our people delivering real estate advisory services not only across the UK but also into continental Europe and even further afield.”

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