Join Urban Transport Group

Join UTG

The Urban Transport Group is the voice of UK urban transport with a track record of achieving policy change that benefits urban transport authorities.

As a network we do three things:

  • We make the case for urban transport – in particular on investment and on devolution of the powers our members need
  • We are Britain’s premier professional network on urban transport issues which works together to learn from each other and do more for less through collaborative working and procurement
  • We provide thought leadership on urban transport which looks beyond the day-to-day to explore and propose innovative approaches to medium and long term challenges

As a network we are well respected in the sector.  In an independent survey 87% of national stakeholders rated us as an effective advocate for the city regions on transport. We also have well established and productive relationships with all the key players in the future of local transport policy - including the Department for Transport and other key Government departments, NGOs and think tanks, the trade press, LGA, the local government sector and the public transport industry. 

As well as representing the interests of public sector urban transport authorities we save our members money through collaboration on research and procurement, as well as through taking out joint memberships and paying for joint services at reduced rates.

You can find out more about the value of being part of the Urban Transport Group network and the savings our members accrue as a result in our briefing on 'Working together to cut costs and do more for less.'

We are also a growing network. In recent years Transport for London has gone from associate member to full member whilst Tees Valley Combined Authority and Bristol and the West of England authorities have joined us as associate members.

Membership is currently restricted to public sector transport authorities with a significant urban component.

We currently have seven full members. These are Transport for West Midlands (West Midlands Combined Authority), Merseytravel (Merseyside PTE), North East Combined Authority (North East), South Yorkshire PTE, Transport for Greater Manchester, Transport for London and West Yorkshire Combined Authority. We also have four associate members (Strathclyde Partnership for Transport, Tees Valley Combined Authority, Bristol and the West of England and Nottingham City Council).

There are two levels of membership: Associate member and Full member.

Full members

The full members of the Urban Transport Group determine the policy, business plan and budget of the organisation through appointment of a Director to the Board of the Urban Transport Group (which meets quarterly). Directors of the Board also have lead responsibilities for particular work areas (such as rail, bus, light rail and so on).

Full members get:

  • The option of participating in any of the twenty plus working groups which include groups by mode and topic (from rail to social inclusion and from buses to personal security). This enables members to take advantage of the specialist expertise that lies within those groups, as well as work with them on the delivery of their individual work programmes (including policy reports, consultation responses, meetings with stakeholders and so on)
  • access to the members only online content for any nominated staff members– which includes hubs for projects, groups and collaborative working initiatives
  • full access to the advice and insight of the Urban Transport Group team which includes intelligence on forthcoming Government and political developments, feedback from our involvement on key DfT working groups as well as from our relations with influential stakeholders in the national transport debate
  • the option of participating in our research projects and programmes. Recent research projects have included major projects on the investment case for regional rail services, a horizon scan of transformative technological and social change, and the benefits of investing in small to medium size transport projects
  • sign off to consultation responses on key policy documents from Government and other agencies
  • 'Urban Transport Voice' staff email updates for any nominated staff members
  • the option of taking part in collaborative working initiatives designed to save participants money through joint approaches to procurement
  • the benefits for their organisation of our joint memberships of organisations like UITP and Campaign for Better Transport
  • Access to our Brussels representation which provides collective and bespoke advice to members on funding opportunities and European policy, networks and legislation issues
  • Access to our legal advice
  • Access to our Westminster monitoring service

Associate members

  • Associate members gain access to the professional expertise within the Urban Transport Group network.
  • the option of participating in any of the twenty plus working groups which include groups by mode and topic (from rail to social inclusion and from buses to personal security). This enables associate members to take advantage of the specialist expertise that lies within those groups, as well as work with them on the delivery of their individual work programmes (including policy reports, consultation responses, meetings with stakeholders and so on)
  • access to the members only online content for any nominated staff members– which includes hubs for projects, groups and collaborative working initiatives
  • access to the advice and insight of the Urban Transport Group team which includes intelligence on forthcoming Government and political developments, feedback from our involvement on key DfT working groups as well as from our relations with influential stakeholders in the national transport debate (however priority is given to Full members).
  • the option of participating in our research projects and programmes. Recent research projects have included major projects on the investment case for regional rail services, a horizon scan of transformative technological and social change, and the benefits of investing in small to medium size transport projects
  • 'Urban Transport Voice' staff email updates for any nominated staff members
  • the option of taking part in collaborative working initiatives designed to save participants money through joint approaches to procurement

Membership enquiries

Contact Jonathan Bray, Director, Urban Transport Group, Telephone 0113 251 7445

 

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