Urban Transport Group calls for more transport funding and local control to keep cities moving

Further devolution of rail services, more funding for buses and reform of taxi and private hire vehicle legislation are required to keep the UK’s major cities moving, according to the Urban Transport Group.

The UTG’s latest report, ‘Policy futures for urban transport’, published on the eve of the autumn party conferences, sets out the 10 key policy changes which it says are needed to make cities healthier, fairer and more prosperous.

“Cities are the key drivers of the UK economy – yet not enough has been invested in the urban transport networks that support those economies,” says Tobyn Hughes, managing director, Nexus and chair, Urban Transport Group. “We need a new deal on funding and powers which recognises the exceptional benefits urban transport offers, from supporting jobs and boosting economic growth, to improving air quality and tackling climate change.”

The Urban Transport Group has a presence at each of the major party conferences this autumn at fringe meetings with speakers including London deputy mayor for transport Heidi Alexander and chair of the transport select committee Lilian Greenwood.

Jonathan Bray, director, Urban Transport Group, adds: “Not only is urban transport underfunded, the way it is funded is highly complex and short-termist. We need to overhaul this current approach if we are to truly realise the benefits better urban transport can bring. We look forward to working in partnership with government to make our vision a reality.”