Devolving our railways: Learning the lessons from a summer of Northern chaos

This summer saw an unacceptable and deeply damaging series of delays and cancellations to rail services right across the Northern Powerhouse. Companies were faced with a decimated workforce, employees missed meetings, career opportunities and some even lost their jobs, and parents were left stranded, unable to get home to put their children to bed. This…

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Removing the barriers to integrating sustainable transport and new homes

There is widespread consensus that as a country we need to build significantly more homes if we are going to address the national housing crisis; to the tune of some 300,000 per year. At the same time, the role of sustainable transport in unlocking the economic and social benefits of new housing, as well as…

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Cycling and walking – an essential component of tackling poor air quality in cities’

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Air pollution is one of the leading public health crises today, killing tens of thousands of people prematurely across the UK every year, with higher exposure affecting those in towns and city centres. Two of the most harmful forms of air pollution, Nitrogen Dioxide and particulate matter (PM10 and PM2.5), are largely produced from motorised…

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A Mission for the Future of Mobility

The pace of change in the UK’s mobility landscape is arguably at its fastest ever.  New forms of transport are emerging, and customer expectations are continually being redefined by experiences that would once have been unimaginable. Two recent consultations have looked at the impacts of these changes from very different perspectives.  The Government’s consultation on…

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Rail expansion is the ‘only viable option’ to help UK cities thrive

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The recent meltdown on the UK’s rail networks and the major disruption it caused was rightly met with criticism and condemnation from rail users, politicians and the media – who have been searching for answers as to how this could have happened. And while timetabling and staffing issues have led to a miserable experience for…

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Buses matter

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Buses tend to get neglected in transport policy debates. They are treated as entirely a local matter, for local authorities, not as an issue for national government. Buses and coaches are now the only modes of transport that do not have a national investment strategy. But even at local level, outside London, buses don’t feature…

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Delivering a World Class Heartland

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England’s Economic Heartland has the potential to become the UK’s Silicon Valley: so said the National Infrastructure Commission in their report to Government last autumn. It is a potential that the strategic political and business leaders across the corridor have long understood, with England’s Economic Heartland Strategic Alliance tracing its origins back to 2014, predating…

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The Western Rail Link to Heathrow

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Network Rail has launched its formal six-week consultation process to finalise the designs of the Western Rail Link to Heathrow (WRLtH) and we are urging businesses of all sectors, sizes and location to contribute to this consultation. This is your chance to show your support and have a say in a critical investment that we and various…

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