The case for better transport investment: agglomeration and growth in the Leeds City Region shows that the potential returns on transport investment in British cities are going uncounted and unrecognised by transport planners. Drawing on research conducted in Leeds, it finds that transport planners should prioritise access to the large city centres within a region, in order to reap the economic gains of bringing people and businesses closer together.
The report compares improved access to the Leeds City Centre with other transport investment options – such as upgrading the transport links around Yorkshire, or between Leeds and Manchester. It finds that a targeted approach focused on improved access to large UK city centres would deliver the most significant economic gains.
This report was produced in collaboration with Lars Rognlien and John Swanson at Steer Davies Gleave, and Dr Dan Graham at Imperial College. The independent report was financially supported by the West Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive and the authorities of the Leeds City Region.