New Transport Knowledge Hub launched to help drive local growth

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  • The Transport knowledge Hub will give local decision makers the tools to make effective transport investments
  • The online resource will help drive inclusive and sustainable economic growth

The future of local economies has been given a boost today with the launch of a new Government-supported Transport Knowledge Hub to assist with transport spending decisions which drive growth.

The free online tool equips Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs), local authorities and other local decision makers with the tools and expertise to make cost-effective, impactful decisions for local transport.

The Hub, which will be launched today at the LEP Annual Conference in London, offers best practice guidance relating to the selection, development and delivery of transport investments, as well case studies of successful transport projects.

Functioning as an online community, hosted through Local Partnerships’ website, the Hub will provide a platform for sharing advice on investing in transport infrastructure for growth, and helping local decision makers to find the evidence they need to make important decisions on capital spending.

It will also have a news and community section featuring a weekly news update, compiled by Robert Jack, Managing Editor of Passenger Transport, and Andrew Forster, Editor of Local Transport Today, ensuring that local decision makers are kept up-to-date with relevant news.

With an estimated underspend by LEPs on Local Growth Fund projects of £85 million in 2015-16, the Transport Knowledge Hub will play a vital role in ensuring LEPs have access to information which will support them in making important decisions about local investment.

Local transport projects can be transformative, with effective investment in local bus infrastructure, for example, delivering up to £7 of economic benefits for every £1 invested.

The Hub, which is funded jointly by Greener Journeys and the Department for Transport, will be launched at the LEP Annual Conference at the QEII Conference Centre in Westminster by Claire Haigh, the Chief Executive of Greener Journeys, with support from Sir Peter Hendy, the Chairman of Network Rail; David Brown, the Chief Executive of Go-Ahead Group; and Kevin O’Connor, Arriva’s Managing Director of UK Bus.

Representatives from every one of the 38 LEPs in England are expected to attend the conference, which will showcase how they have helped to drive local economic growth across the country.

Claire Haigh, Chief Executive of Greener Journeys, said:

“The launch of the Transport Knowledge Hub marks a new dawn for investment in local transport projects. The scale of issues facing our transport networks is vast. From minimising congestion to improving air quality, quality local transport policy has never been more essential. The Hub is a timely development designed to encourage investments which will drive inclusive and sustainable economic growth.

“Through information sharing across the country and the creation of a centralised resource, the Hub will facilitate better investment, better collaboration and better journeys.”

Sir Peter Hendy, Chairman of Network Rail, said:

“The Transport Knowledge Hub comes at a vital time for our transport networks. As our population continues to grow and our roads become more congested, public transport has an increasingly important role to play in keeping our country moving. Investment in local transport infrastructure, such as rail networks and bus services, can have a huge impact on development and economic growth in local areas, so I’m delighted that the Hub will provide the guidance and expertise local decision makers need to make effective investments.”

Andrew Jones MP, the Buses Minster, said:

“The Hub will play an important role by offering local decision makers guidance on best practice, while enabling them to share advice on investing in transport infrastructure. The government has supported this with investment as we support local decision makers creating the transport schemes to make a difference in their areas.”

Hilary Chipping, Deputy CEO, South East Midlands LEP, said:

“The Transport Knowledge Hub is a fantastic resource and I’m really excited about the opportunity to explore how we can maximise its use among transport stakeholders. In the South East Midlands, investing in local transport infrastructure has unlocked significant economic growth. The Hub offers a formal framework for sharing expertise with decision makers around the UK, as well as learning from the experience of others. This will enable more investment to be directed towards local and sustainable forms of transport.”

Sean Hanson, Chief Executive, Local Partnerships, said:

“Local Partnerships is delighted to host the Transport Knowledge Hub through our website. Sustainable and affordable transport solutions will help drive economic growth and assist the creation of new communities such as in areas identified in the Oxford-Cambridge corridor. I believe that the Hub will help positively influence the relationship between transport and housing projects, addressing demand for new homes, infrastructure and a better quality of life from improvements to factors like air quality.”

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About the Transport Knowledge Hub

The Transport Knowledge Hub is a free online resource aimed at giving Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs), local authorities and other local decision-makers tools and information for making transport investments which will drive sustainable and inclusive local economic growth. The Hub is overseen by a Board, chaired by Hilary Chipping, Deputy CEO and Head of Strategy & Operation at South East Midlands LEP. Board members include LEPs, local authorities, Local Partnerships, the Department for Transport and the Infrastructure and Projects Authority (part of HMT and Cabinet Office).

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The Transport Knowledge Hub is a fantastic resource and I’m really excited about the opportunity to explore how we can maximise its use among transport stakeholders. In the South East Midlands, investing in local transport infrastructure has unlocked significant economic growth. The Hub offers a formal framework for sharing expertise with decision makers around the UK, as well as learning from the experience of others. This will enable more investment to be directed towards  local and sustainable forms of transport.

Hilary Chipping, Deputy CEO, SEMLEP

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