Going forward together – the opportunity for the Midlands

Going forward together - the opportunity for the Midlands

Transport Knowledge Hub has kicked off our March 2018 events programme with a lively discussion in the Midlands. We brought together local authorities, Local Enterprise Partnerships and local transport decision-makers to discuss the opportunities for the Midlands in a time of fast-paced change. A major focus of the discussion was how new technologies are beginning…

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Transport Investment under Uncertainty: Transport Knowledge Hub workshop 12 December 2017

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The world is poised on the cusp of a transport and societal revolution which, over the next 10 to 15 years, “will drive change on the scale of the Industrial Revolution”. So said KPMG global head of public transport and UK head of infrastructure Richard Threlfall, introducing this week’s Transport Knowledge Hub workshop. TKH’s second…

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Mobility as a Service in the West Midlands and elsewhere

Mobility as a Service in the West Midlands and elsewhere

Whim has recently launched a mobility app in the West Midlands that offers seamless travel by bringing different modes of transportation into a single app with one monthly fee. The mobility app is the customer interface to a new type of transport proposition known as ‘Mobility as a Service’ or MaaS. There are several competing…

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Radical steps needed in transport funding

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A revolution is needed in the finance of transport projects if ambitions to rebalance regional growth in the UK economy are to be met. That was the verdict of KPMG partner Lewis Atter, speaking at last Friday’s Transport Knowledge Hub round table event. The organisation’s first national seminar, Funding Transport Investment, focused particularly on the…

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Mayor’s Transport Strategy – a breath of fresh air

Mayor's Transport Strategy - a breath of fresh air

The Mayor’s Transport strategy is a breath of fresh air – and not just in a metaphorical way. It is visionary and robust. It gets the balance right between enticing Londoners to continue the shift away from car travel to more sustainable modes (walking, cycling and public transport) with the essential, but politically more difficult stick measures.

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Oxford – Milton Keynes – Northampton – Cambridge Corridor of Growth

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The National Infrastructure Commission’s (NIC) Interim Report last October on the Cambridge – Milton Keynes – Northampton – Oxford corridor of growth suggested that this area could be UK’s Silicon Valley – a world renowned centre for science, technology and innovation. However, the NIC added that a lack of sufficient and suitable housing presents a fundamental risk to the success of the area. The undersupply of housing is made worse by poor east-west connectivity.

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