London RoadLab

Our innovation team delivered the London RoadLab mobility innovation accelerator for Transport for London over 10 weeks in 2019.

Reimagining roadworks with Transport for London

Roadworks get in the way of city life and contribute to delays on London’s roads, costing over £2 billion every year.

So Plexal, TfL and a consortium of some of the nation’s largest utilities providers invited innovators to transform London’s roads, making them safer, smarter and more inclusive during roadworks.

We effectively turned London into a living lab, giving the cohort companies funding, advice, data expertise and access to real pilot sites. They then pitched their ideas at a demo day to have the chance to be considered for a longer-term opportunity with TfL.

Plexal's innovation team designed the programme, attracted and selected the right cohort members and helped them develop minimum viable products in just 10 weeks.

Now that the programme has been completed, TfL has entered into commercial negotiations with four members of our cohort: Mobilized Construction, Route Reports, Immense Simulations and SAM.

London RoadLab was a new way for TfL to work with businesses and tackle some of the capital’s transport challenges as our city keeps growing and evolving.

WHAT WE OFFERED MEMBERS

Expertise

Support and expert advice provided by TfL, its utilities partners and Plexal’s innovation team throughout the 10-week programme helped cohort members develop, test and commercialise their solutions.

Pilot sites

Ideas are great, but will they work in the real world? The cohort had access access to real pilot sites around London to test and tinker with their solutions.

Funding

Successful applicants received funding towards scaling their solution. Congratulations Mobilized Construction, Route Reports, Immense Simulations and SAM.

Data

TfL’s data experts were on hand to help members use data insights from across London’s transport network.

CHALLENGE AREAS

NEWS AND VIEWS FROM THE PROGRAMME

Plexal and TfL reveal the final London RoadLab cohort

Back in October 2018, we announced an open call for entries for London RoadLab: a 10-week programme aimed at sourcing new tech solutions that could minimise the impact of roadworks.

London’s transport network is rich in data, so how can we use it to solve our biggest urban challenges?

Applications are open now for London RoadLab: a 10-week programme aimed at developing tech-led solutions to minimise the impact of roadworks.

Why we must reimagine roadworks to make London’s streets inclusive for everyone

Plexal’s innovation lead Tommy Ekman reflects on how roadworks affect how inclusive London is as the call for applications for London RoadLab continues…