The Urban Transport Group has a track record of achieving policy change that benefits urban transport authorities.

As a network:

  • We make the case for urban transport – in particular for the funding and powers our members need to plan and deliver transport networks that support inclusive and sustainable growth.
  • We provide thought leadership by making the connections between transport policy and the wider public policy goals of city regions.
  • We are the professional network for people who work in urban transport in the public sector, and save our members time and resources by accelerating the take up of best practice through sharing knowledge and expertise

We are a highly respected network in the transport sector. In an independent survey, 87% of national stakeholders rated us as an effective advocate for the city regions on transport. We also have well established and productive relationships with all the key players for the future of local transport policy - including the Department for Transport and other key Government departments, NGOs and think tanks, the media, Local Government Association, the local government sector and the public transport industry. 

As well as representing the interests of public sector urban transport authorities, we save our members money time and resources through collaboration on research and procurement, as well as through taking out joint memberships and paying for joint services at reduced rates.

You can find out more about the value of being part of the Urban Transport Group network, and the savings our members accrue as a result in our briefing Doing more for less.

We are also a growing network. In the last few years, Transport for Wales and Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority have joined us as associate members.

Membership is currently restricted to public sector transport authorities with a significant urban component.

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Full members

We currently have seven members. These are Greater Manchester (Transport for Greater Manchester), Liverpool City Region (Merseytravel), London (Transport for London), South Yorkshire (South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority), Tyne and Wear (Nexus), West Midlands (Transport for West Midlands) and West Yorkshire (West Yorkshire Combined Authority).

The members of the Urban Transport Group determine the policy, business plan and budget of the organisation through appointment of a Director to the Board of the Urban Transport Group (which meets quarterly). Directors of the Board also have lead responsibilities for particular work areas (such as rail, bus, light rail and so on).

Members also receive:

  • The option of participating in many working groups (on modes and topics from rail to social inclusion, and from buses to personal security), enabling them to take advantage of the specialist expertise that lies within those groups, as well as working with them on the delivery of their individual work programmes (including policy reports, consultation responses, meetings with stakeholders and so on);
  • access to the members only online content of our website for any nominated staff members – which includes projects, groups and collaborative working initiatives;
  • full access to the advice and insight of the Urban Transport Group team which includes intelligence on forthcoming Government and political developments, feedback from our involvement on key DfT working groups, and relationships with influential stakeholders in the national transport debate;
  • the option of participating in our groundbreaking research projects and programmes;
  • the opportunity to input into joint consultation responses on key policy documents from Government and other agencies;
  • 'Urban Transport Voice' e-updates for any nominated staff members;
  • the option of taking part in collaborative working initiatives designed to save participants money through joint approaches to procurement;
  • the benefits of our joint memberships of organisations like UITP and Campaign for Better Transport;
  • access to our legal advice; and
  • access to our Westminster monitoring service.

 

Associate Members

We currently have seven associate members (Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority, Strathclyde Partnership for Transport, Tees Valley Combined Authority, West of England Combined Authority, Nottingham City Council, Translink and Transport for Wales).

Associate members receive:

  • The option of participating in any of the twenty plus working groups (on modes and topics from rail to social inclusion, and from buses to personal security),enabling them to take advantage of the specialist expertise that lies within those groups, as well as working with them on the delivery of their individual work programmes (including policy reports, consultation responses, meetings with stakeholders and so on);
  • access to the members only online content of our website for any nominated staff members – which includes hubs for projects, groups and collaborative working initiatives;
  • access to the advice and insight of the Urban Transport Group team (except where priority has to be given to full members) which includes intelligence on forthcoming Government and political developments, feedback from our involvement on key DfT working groups, and relationships with influential stakeholders in the national transport;
  • the option of participating in our groundbreaking research projects and programmes;
  • 'Urban Transport Voice' e-updates for any nominated staff member;
  • the option of taking part in collaborative working initiatives designed to save participants money through joint approaches to procurement.

Interested in joining?

Please contact our Director, Jonathan Bray, for further information.