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Governance

Devolution works on transport as our major urban areas are better at making the right calls on transport plans and priorities than remote control from Whitehall could ever be.

Find out more about progress so far and how governance of transport works.

How we work on governance

 

Laura Shoaf, Chief Executive of West Midlands Combined Authority, and Chair of the Urban Transport Group is the lead Board member for governance, working with Jonathan Bray, Director, as the lead member of staff on governance. 

Resources for this topic

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Report

Future Streets: Challenges and opportunities

Streets are often the most contested spaces in any town or city. There are a large number and wide variety of calls on street space (at least 160 legitimate calls), and they simply can’t all be met. This report seeks to help local highway and strategic transport authorities rise to the challenge of better street and kerbside management.
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Leading Light: What Light Rail can do for City Regions

This report, produced by Steer for the Urban Transport Group, shows how Britain’s light rail systems have supported economic growth in the areas that they serve, promoted social inclusion and led to environmental gain, including a reduction in carbon emissions.
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What next for urban transport?

This report - published to coincide with the 2019 Autumn Party Conferences - identifies four urban transport challenges and four solutions needed to overcome them.

It also details what transport authorities need from Government to bring about these changes. 

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Policy futures for urban transport

The latest edition of Policy futures for urban transport emphasises how a new deal on funding and powers is essential to keep the UK's cities moving forward.

The report sets out the 10 key policy changes that are needed to make cities healthier, fairer and more prosperous.

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Urban Transport Review 2017

"A lot has changed in urban transport over the past year," writes Lilian Greenwood MP, and Chair of the Transport Select Committee, in the foreword to the Urban Transport Review 2017.

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Policy Futures

Policy futures for urban transport sets out how, with more focused governance in place, the city regions are delivering major investment programmes including on public transport, highways and active travel, and smart ticketing. The report says that - with the right national policy framework - further and faster progress can be made, including:

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Rail Devolution Works

Our ‘Rail Devolution Works’ report argues that further rail devolution will enable other regions and areas to also radically transform rail services in a way that supports economic growth at the same time as improving the journey experience for passengers.

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Total Transport: a better approach to commissioning non-emergency patient transport?

‘Total Transport’ schemes pool resources and vehicle fleets from across the public sector which are currently used to provide separate mainstream, social services, education and healthcare transport provision. Through pooling and coordination a better overall service can be provided at less cost to the taxpayer.

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Devolution, Integration and Franchising: Local Public Transport in the Netherlands

This report provides an overview of how local public transport has been devolved in the Netherlands in a way that still maintains a national integrated public transport network. It also analyses the different approaches that have been taken to the franchising of local public transport networks and the lessons that can be learned.

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A new era for urban transport

This supplement to Passenger Transport magazine marks the transition from pteg to the Urban Transport Group.  It includes interviews with our Chair, Jon Lamonte, our Director, Jonathan Bray, TfL's Richard de Cani on joining the network as a full member, and a retrospective on 50 years since the Act that created the PTEs.

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Horizon scan of implications of technological and social change

This report aims to provide decision makers with a guide to the implications for urban transport of transformative social and technological change and how they can best respond. 

The report (which was produced in collaboration with Arup Foresight) identifies four key overarching trends: 

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Changing Highways Policy

This report to pteg by Atkins focuses on the most important recent and forthcoming changes to highways policy and the implications of these for Metropolitan areas, including in respect of air quality, carbon emissions, technology, the Strategic Road Network, road maintenance, road safety, planning, freight, management of road space and parking policy.

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Thriving Cities - Integrated land use and transport planning

Setting out the stark choices ahead in new planning reforms, this report recommends three 'golden rules' for future planning policy. The report also highlights good and bad practice on transport and land use planning and calls for local authorities and Local Economic Partnerships to proactively draw up highly sustainable masterplans for development sites of key significance.

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Total Transport - Working across sectors to achieve better outcomes

This report highlights the essential role of public transport, walking and cycling in achieving key health, social care and employment policy goals. It warns that this contribution could be put at risk unless there is more focus on collaborative, cross-sector funding and delivery of transport interventions.

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New approach needed to take the conflict out of the streets of the future, urges report

Person cycling in London
There are at least 160 legitimate calls on street space and they cannot all be met. A new report from Urban Movement for the Urban Transport Group calls for a fresh approach to remove the conflict from the competing demands for street space.

Metropolitan area transport authorities key to effective global climate response, report finds

Hamburg skyline
Metropolitan transport authorities have an integral role to play in responding to the global climate crisis by reducing emissions from, and increasing the resilience of, transport systems, according to a new report.

Empower urban transport authorities to build back better from COVID-19, urges report

Build back better image
Transport authorities can play their part in shaping a positive legacy of COVID-19 for the UK’s city regions, provided they are given both the funding and powers they need to respond to the challenges that lie ahead.

UTG welcomes new government’s commitment to invest in urban transport

Stephen Edwards

Responding to the outcome of the election, and the Queen’s Speech, UTG Chair, Stephen Edwards, said:

Critical challenges and solutions to improving transport in city regions identified ahead of party conferences

What next for urban transport? cover
The challenges to improving transport in the UK’s city regions and the solutions needed to overcome them have been set out by the Urban Transport Group today.

Urban Transport Group welcomes appointment of Rt. Hon. Sajid Javid MP as Chancellor and sets out city region transport priorities for Spending Review

Sajid Javid
The Urban Transport Group has today welcomed the appointment of Rt. Hon. Sajid Javid MP as Chancellor of the Exchequer, and set out its priorities for urban transport in the Government’s forthcoming Spending Review.

MPs are right to call for urgent action to tackle bus decline, says Urban Transport Group

Woman boarding bus
MPs on the Transport Select Committee are “absolutely right” to call for urgent action to tackle bus decline in their new report into the health of the bus market in England.

National Infrastructure Commission is right to make devolved transport funding for cities a key test for Government’s future infrastructure plan

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The National Infrastructure Commission’s call for Government to make devolved funding for urban transport to cities a key test of the Government’s forthcoming National Infrastructure Strategy is hugely welcome, says the Urban Transport Group.

Supporting bus services key to achieving policy goals of Government departments, report shows

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Investing in bus services is key to achieving a wide range of policy objectives across Government, a new report from the Urban Transport Group has shown.

South Yorkshire transport chief is new Chair of Urban Transport Group

Stephen Edwards
Stephen Edwards, the Executive Director of South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE), is the new Chair of the Urban Transport Group.

‘Transit oriented development’ can help meet housing demand and reduce car-based urban sprawl, says report

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Placing transport at the heart of new building developments will help the UK to meet its demand for new homes and prevent car-based urban sprawl, a report from the Urban Transport Group says today.

Leading urban transport data tool relaunches with expansive range of new statistics

Data Hub on laptop
The country’s leading online tool for transport data in cities has been relaunched today to include an even wider range of transport-related statistics, such as congestion, road safety and satisfaction.

Urban Transport Group appoints transport heavyweight to investigate benefits of locally-run rail stations

Stephen Joseph
Transport expert Stephen Joseph is to investigate the benefits that flow from devolved authorities' involvement in railway stations, for a new report for the Urban Transport Group. 

Transport crucial to achieving Government’s ‘Prevention is better than cure’ vision

Cyclist
The Urban Transport Group has today welcomed the Department of Health and Social Care’s ‘Prevention is better than cure’ vision, whilst also highlighting the crucial role that transport will play in achieving it.

Transport key to ‘putting towns back on the map’, says report

About towns report cover
Transport has a key role to play in helping the UK’s post-industrial towns to thrive – putting them firmly back on the map, a report by the Urban Transport Group finds today.

Urban Transport Group sets out concerns over new Scottish buses legislation

Bus lane
The Urban Transport Group has today welcomed the intent of new legislation to reform bus services in Scotland but has warned that changes need to be made if the legislation is to be workable in practice. 

Urban Transport Group welcomes recommendations to overhaul taxi and private hire vehicle legislation

Taxi
The Urban Transport Group has today welcomed a report which calls for an overhaul of legislation for taxis and private hire vehicles (PHVs).

New deal on funding and powers essential to keep cities moving forward, stresses Urban Transport Group

Walking blur
Further devolution of rail services, greater funding for buses and reform of taxi and Private Hire Vehicle legislation – these are just three parts of a new deal on funding and powers that is required to keep the UK’s cities moving forward.

As taxi and PHV numbers surge, new report calls for more strategic policy approach

Taxi! report cover
A new report from the Urban Transport Group has set out the far reaching implications for cities of ongoing transformational change and growth in the taxi and PHV sector.

New report proves devolved rail networks work for passengers and the areas they serve

Rail devolution works
A study of devolved rail services in the UK has identified a strong trend of dramatic increases in performance, reliability and satisfaction levels among passengers since responsibilities for local rail services were devolved from Whitehall.

Case made for continuing focus on investment and devolution at Urban Transport Group parliamentary reception

Tobyn Hughes speaking to Andy MacDonald MP
At a reception attended by more than 100 parliamentarians and key players in the urban transport debate Tobyn Hughes, Managing Director of Nexus and chair of the Urban Transport Group said that urban transport is the beating heart of successful cities, and to ensure city regions continue to thrive they need to have more power over their own destiny.

Urban Transport Group calls on new Government to ‘stay focussed’ on key urban transport priorities

Press release
Tobyn Hughes, chair of the Urban Transport Group and Managing Director of Nexus, has highlighted the key urban transport issues that the new government should focus on.

New report finds NHS missing opportunity to save millions on costs of getting people to hospital

Patient transport

- Calls for NHS to get more involved in ‘Total Transport’ schemes - 

A new joint report from an alliance of local transport authorities and the Community Transport Association has identified the potential for massive savings for the NHS through reducing the cost of getting people to hospital.  

New chair of Urban Transport Group welcomes Tees Valley as new member of the group

Tobyn Hughes
Tobyn Hughes (Managing Director of Transport Operations for the North East Combined Authority) is the new chair of the Urban Transport Group.

UTG welcomes all party support for new bus powers

Bus in Merseyside
The Urban Transport Group today welcomed backing for the Government's new buses legislation from the all-party House of Commons Transport Select Committee.

UK's largest urban transport authorities set out vision for future of transport in the city regions

Policy Futures

Following on from the EU referendum, the formation of a new Government and with the start of the party conference season, the Urban Transport Group has set out a vision for how UK transport policy could unfold in a way that will enable the nation’s largest urban areas to deliver inclusive growth in a smart and sustainable way.

Urban Transport Group welcomes Chris Grayling as new Secretary of State for Transport

Chris Grayling
Welcoming Chris Grayling as new Secretary of State for Transport, Dr Jon Lamonte said...

Urban Transport Group responds to EU Referendum

Voting

Commenting on the outcome of the EU Referendum, Dr Jon Lamonte, Chair of Urban Transport Group, said:

New era for urban transport as pteg becomes the Urban Transport Group

Press release
For the first time there is a body that brings together all the largest urban areas on transport as pteg changes its name to the Urban Transport Group.

New ‘Horizon Scan’ report sets out how forward thinking cities can respond to rapid technological and social change

Horizon Scan cityscape
A new report from pteg aims to provide city decision makers with a guide to the implications for urban transport of transformative social and technological change and how they can best respond. 

pteg welcomes Transport Select Committee on passenger transport in isolated communities

Bus stop in West Yorkshire
pteg has welcomed today’s Select Committee report, and in particular the report’s backing for a major trial of ‘Total Transport’ which would pool currently separate funding flows and vehicle fleets across public transport, healthcare, education and social services.

pteg welcomes Government decision to keep consulting PTEs on national infrastructure projects

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pteg today welcomed the Government’s decision to abandon its proposal to remove Integrated Transport Authorities (ITAs) and Passenger Transport Executives (PTEs), (the strategic transport bodies for the main city regions in the North of England and West Midlands), as statutory consultees for Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects (NSIP). 

pteg responds to DfT bus subsidy plans

Bus against blue sky - TfGM
David Brown, who leads on bus issues for pteg, said...

New Chair of group of urban transport authorities elected

Councillor David Wood, Chair of the ITA SIG
The Chair of Tyne and Wear Integrated Transport Authority, Cllr David Wood, was yesterday elected as Chair of the group of six locally accountable transport authorities which serve eleven million people in the largest city regions outside London.

West of England Authorities join pteg

Press release
Bristol is now part of the pteg network after the West of England Authorities joined the group together as an Associate Member. With Bristol and the West of England area on board, pteg’s professional network now serves all eight core cities as well as London, Leicester and Strathclyde.

New Chair of pteg calls for more investment in local rail

Geoff Inskip - Director General of Centro
Geoff Inskip, chief executive of Centro, has been appointed as the new Chair of pteg, taking over the role from Neil Scales.

Leicester joins pteg!

Press release
Leicester City Council has joined pteg as an associate member.

New Chair for group of Integrated Transport Authorities

Cllr Mark Dowd, Merseytravel
Chair of Merseytravel, Cllr Mark Dowd, is the new Chair of the Integrated Transport Authorities Special Interest Group.

Nottingham joins pteg!

Press release
Nottingham City Council has joined pteg as an associate member.

New era beckons for transport in the city regions as Integrated Transport Authorities are established

Paul Clark MP visits Newcastle to mark ITA name change
Britain’s six Passenger Transport Authorities, which serve eleven million people in the largest urban areas outside London, were today re-named Integrated Transport Authorities as the first wave of reforms triggered by last year’s Local Transport Act came into effect.

pteg welcome Local Transport Bill enactment

Press release
pteg today welcomed the Local Transport Act (which received Royal Assent today) as a historic opportunity for the city regions on transport.

New Chairman for group of Passenger Transport Authorities

Press release
Chairman of West Midlands Passenger Transport Authority, Cllr Gary Clarke, is the new Chair of the Passenger Transport Authority Special Interest Group.

pteg Chair calls for Local Transport Bill to be strengthened

Press release
pteg Chair Neil Scales told the well attended pteg Labour party fringe meeting today that pteg was ‘very happy with the direction, and much of the detail of the Bill – however on buses it needs to go further.’

pteg calls for Passenger Focus to take on regional public transport watchdog role

Press release
In its response to the Government’s consultation on setting up a new bus users watchdog, pteg has called for Passenger Focus to be given the role.

pteg responds to IPPR report

Press release

Commenting on a new report by IPPR North - 'Moving On: A Progressive Transport Policy for Northern England' - Chair of pteg, Neil Scales OBE, said:

Local Transport Bill: extra powers welcomed

Press release
pteg, which represents the six largest urban transport authorities outside London, today welcomed the extra powers and responsibilities for PTE/As contained in the Local Transport Bill.

pteg responds positively to Local Transport Bill consultation

Press release
pteg’s response to the Government's consultation on the Local Transport Bill is now available.

City region transport authorities welcome Select Committee report

Press release
Transport authorities serving Britain’s largest city regions outside London today welcomed the House of Commons Transport Select Committee report on the Draft Local Transport Bill.

City region transport authorities welcome new Local Transport Bill

Press release
Transport Authorities in Britain’s largest city regions outside London today welcomed the draft Local Transport Bill as a ‘major step forward in giving the city regions the planned and integrated transport networks they need.’

Cllr David Wood is new Chair of PTA SIG

Press release
The Chair of Tyne and Wear Passenger Transport Authority (PTA), Cllr David Wood, is the new Chair of the PTA Special Interest Group (SIG).

Roy Wicks is new Chair of pteg

Press release
Director General of South Yorkshire PTE, Roy Wicks, has taken over as Chair of pteg This follows the retirement of the former Chair of pteg, and Director General of Centro, Rob Donald.

Rob Donald is new Chair of pteg

Rob Donald
Centro Director General, Rob Donald, is the new Chair of pteg. Rob takes over from Metro Director General, Kieran Preston, who has stepped down after four years in the post.

Mark Dowd is new Chair of PTA SIG

Press release
Cllr Mark Dowd, Chair of Merseytravel, was elected as Chair of the PTA Special Interest Group at their AGM held today in Leeds.

Briefing

Briefing on the Transport Bill

A briefing on the Transport Bill announced as part of the Queen's Speech in May 2022, including what we know so far and what the Bill should contain to transform urban transport for the better.

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Doing more for less - How working together on transport cuts costs and saves time

The Urban Transport Group brings together and promotes the interests of Britain’s largest urban areas on transport. Through working together as a network, we help to save time and money for our members by doing things once and collaboratively – rather than separately and expensively. Saving significant costs for our members is just one benefit of being part of our organisation.

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Policy Futures - Seamless public transport

This policy futures paper highlights the growing appetite for giving larger cities outside London more of the benefits that London enjoys on public transport, and brings together the ideas from the other policy futures papers.

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Policy Futures - Highways

This Policy Futures paper sets out the changes needed to better co-ordinate national and local highways policy to achieve wider economic, environment and social goals.

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