Measuring Up: Comparing public transport across UK and European cities

At this event we presented new research on urban form in UK and EU cities and explored the relationship between public transport and density.

Event starts at 12.00 - 13.00 on 22 March 2022 at Online, via Zoom

In November 2021, Centre for Cities published Measuring up: Comparing public transport in the UK and Europe’s biggest cities, analysing the urban public transport systems of nine of the biggest British cities outside of London, to conclude that not only do urban public transport networks in Britain vary between cities, they also differ when compared to their Western European counterparts.

At this event, Senior Analyst Anthony Breach and Researcher Guilherme Rodrigues presented the main findings and lessons for cities from their ‘Measuring Up’ research, published November 2021, with an additional focus on ten unique case studies with new data on how the low-rise urban form of the UK’s big cities limits their public transport potential, and how to improve it.

We published further analysis into public transport systems across the UK’s cities and large towns, and used these findings to discuss the existing state of the country’s transport infrastructure, the relationship between transport and density, and the implications of transport for the Government’s Levelling Up agenda.

Speakers were:

  • Bridget Rosewell, Commissioner, National Infrastructure Commission
  • Simon Warburton, Transport Strategy Director, Transport for Greater Manchester
  • Alex Williams, Director of City Planning, Transport for London

The event was chaired by Andrew Carter, Chief Executive of Centre for Cities.

Watch a recording of the event here

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