The government must address regional transport inequalities in order to aid its ‘levelling up’ agenda, according to a new report published by the Sheffield Property Association and the London Property Alliance.
The report warns that without greater connectivity within and between cities, as well as into HS2 and the rest of the national rail network, city regions will continue to lag behind.
Based on this, the authors have made a series of recommendations to the government:
Martin McKervey, chair of the Sheffield Property Association, said: ‘A lack of urgency and vision from Government on transport infrastructure has not only stymied growth and impacted productivity in and around regional cities, but it also risks undermining its own ‘levelling up’ agenda.
‘City regions need greater autonomy and funding, supported by a national strategic vision. Regional leaders also need to step up as success requires strong City leadership to ensure their cities and surrounding towns can develop, with housing, jobs and transformative developments linked to new transport.’
Andy Burnham, Mayor for Greater Manchester has endorsed the study, he said: ‘Transforming everyday transport in places like Greater Manchester is arguably the single best way to level-up. It’s something where real, tangible change can, with the necessary impetus and vision, be delivered on the ground quickly to benefit not only public transport users but, when combined with housing, planning, environmental and wider economic policy, every part of a community.
‘I welcome the contribution of this report towards creating a national consensus on the contribution that public transport can make to our country’s future.’
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