Poor access to public transport effectively shrinks the size of our biggest cities. But trams and tubes alone won’t solve the problem
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There were still 1.1 million people on furlough in September, and almost one third of them were in London, Birmingham and Manchester.
This report examines whether intra-urban public transport plays a role in the underperformance of big British cities and sets out the implications that transport has for the levelling up agenda.
While the decision to extend London’s Ultra-Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) may be politically difficult, it is both timely and necessary.
Scotland is largely missing from discussions on levelling up. But levelling up the economy will require policy to pull up Glasgow.
This briefing uses the theory of economic complexity to show how the economies of Britain’s cities and large towns have developed over time and sets out the implications for how the Government should approach its levelling up agenda.
As part of levelling up, the Government should create a City Centre Productivity Fund. This is how it would work.
Guilherme Rodrigues analyses the latest claimant count and job postings data and warns that some cities look particularly vulnerable as we approach the end of the furlough scheme.
Analyst Valentine Quinio explores the latest high street spend and footfall data to establish what impact England’s ‘Freedom Day’ had on consumer behaviour, and what this means for high street recovery.
It is well known that British cities do not get more productive as they get bigger. But a very different picture emerges when looking at city centres with implications for levelling up.