Following the OECD Review of Newcastle in the North East (July 2006), Newcastle City Council commissioned the Centre for Cities and IPPR North to produce a follow-up, independent assessment of progress made over the past year.
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Connecting Cities reflects the views of local stakeholders in five of England's regional cities, where local transport has been the subject of intense debate in recent months. The report is based on a series of five seminars - and brings together a range of messages for national decision-makers.
This paper gives policymakers and city leaders a brief and accessible guide to the economic theory behind agglomeration economies the wider economic benefits generated when people and businesses locate close to each other. It also explains the critical role this concept is playing in current transport policy debates.
While the media focused on the Eddington Transport Studys support for road-user charging, it downplayed the bigger story: Eddingtons radical proposal to re-prioritise Britains £18bn annual...
High-quality infrastructure, especially transport, is a critical component of strong economic performance. Yet the UK has under-invested in infrastructure for decades, especially in its major cities.