In its National Infrastructure Assessment, the Commission recommended that Ministers provide new powers and £43billion funding on top of current spending levels between now and 2040 to city leaders, including Metro Mayors, to develop long-term strategies for improving transport links. The Assessment also highlighted the need for these strategies to be unlocking job opportunities and delivering much-needed new homes.

Following the National Infrastructure Assessment, the Commission launched a partnership programme for cities and city regions across the country, to share knowledge and expertise and to help local leaders develop long-term strategies that link transport, housing and job opportunities.

On 11 September 2019 the Commission brought together metro mayors and city leaders from across the country for a Cities Summit to make the case for greater autonomy on transport decisions and longer-term funding. You can read Commission Chair Sir John Armitt’s speech to the summit here and a short summary of the discussion.

Case studies of developing infrastructure strategies

Five cities and city regions have been selected to work with the Commission to benefit from expert advice as they develop strategies to improve local transport connections, unlock job opportunities and deliver much-needed new homes. The five cities and city regions will become case studies to demonstrate what cities across the country can do in this area, and of the difference that the long-term funding certainty recommended in the UK’s first-ever National Infrastructure Assessment can make. The case study cities are:

  • West Yorkshire Combined Authority
  • Liverpool City Region
  • Derby
  • Basildon
  • Exeter

Knowledge sharing programme

The Commission is holding a series of knowledge sharing events to answer the important infrastructure questions at the forefront of city leaders’ minds. These events are bringing together colleagues from a wide selection of cities, providing access to leading experts and cutting-edge ideas on these questions. Each event is focusing on a specific topic, providing an opportunity for cities that have already achieved success in that area to share their experience of how they tackled the problem and why it worked.

The events are taking place across England, from the North East down to the South West, and started by looking at the fundamentals of designing an effective infrastructure plan, covering some of the key strategic and economic considerations needed to underpin any successful integrated planning work. Below are links to summaries of those which have already taken place:

  1. The fundamentals of designing an effective infrastructure strategy – summary / presentations
  2. Mass transit and the efficient use of road space – summary / presentations