HS2 will only level up the north if it is treated as a small part of a broader package of investment that includes improving transport within cities and people's skills.
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Andrew Carter on why the geographical spread of R&D investment matters when trying to level-up the economy.
General Election 20192020 vision — What does Thursday’s vote mean for May’s Metro Mayor elections
One joy of a rare winter election is that it is now only four and a half months until the next chance for people to vote: May 2020 will see nearly 17 million people in England choosing city-region...
This report presents findings from the second survey of UK city leaders, providing some understanding of their needs and challenges along with recommendations for national policymakers.
What is the best way to boost the economy and make the whole country more prosperous?
General Election 2019An urban manifesto
A five point plan to improve cities' prosperity and re-balance the national economy.
Buses are critical urban infrastructure. But the number of journeys made on them has declined in almost all cities apart from London for the past few decades. This report cites deregulation...
General Election 2019What should the new government do to help our high streets and city centres?
Not all high streets are struggling — those that are thriving are doing so because they function well as places of work. For this reason, policies to address the decline of high streets must also address the underlying economic causes if they are to be success.
City MinutesCity Minutes: Improving urban bus transport
Simon Jeffrey, policy officer at the Centre for Cities joins Chief Executive Andrew Carter to set out how metro mayors should begin the process of bringing local bus networks under their control via franchising in order to support economic growth, reduce congestion and improve air quality in cities.
General Election 2019How can the next government boost productivity and prosperity across the country?
Two big domestic issues that the next government will be pressed to address are the UK economy’s poor productivity performance and the north-south divide. Paul Swinney argues that these challenges are one of the same.