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This report summarises some of the latest academic research which shows the importance of agglomeration economies (the way in which high value sectors of the economy cluster together in cities) in driving wider national economies. It also shows that these urban clusters cannot develop to their full potential without high quality and efficient transport networks.
Leaders of Britain’s six largest transport authorities have paid tribute to Cllr Angus Adams, the Chair of the West Midlands Integrated Transport Authority, who died suddenly yesterday.
Cllr Mark Dowd, who Chairs the ITA Special Interest Group, said:
PTE bus powers reaffirmed
England's big city transport authorities today welcomed Norman Baker's decision to begin a process of devolving bus subsidies to local transport authorities.
David Brown, who leads on bus issues for pteg, said:
But fair deal on costs and risks needed for services to improve
pteg today welcomed the rail command paper, and associated consultation on the scope for further devolution of powers over local rail services.
Seven young campaigners aged 16 to 19 years old from the British Youth Council (BYC) and National Children’s Bureau (NCB) met with Norman Baker MP, Minister for Transport, in Westminster yesterday (Tuesday 6th March) to discuss how bus services could be improved for young people.
pteg today welcomed the release of new Passenger Focus research which shows what bus passengers like, and don’t like about their bus journeys, in a bid to get the best deal for people on the ground.
City transport leaders agree approach to Government on rail devolution
Bristol is now part of the pteg network after the West of England Authorities joined the group together as an Associate Member.
But bus franchising option back on track
Increased threat from CC to use of Local Transport Act powers
New public spending figures released by the Treasury show transport spend in London is now nearing triple the spend in the North of England and West Midlands.