Insights

27
Jul

Metro Mayors: who will be waving the red flags in Manchester and Liverpool?

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We are still some way off the elections for the new Greater Manchester and Liverpool City Regional mayors, due to be held in May 2017, but it would not be unfair to suggest that the more important vote is already underway. In the coming weeks Labour members in both cities will select the Labour Party’s […]

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27
Jul

Mr Hammond goes to China

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Over the years, Manchester has seen significant levels of EU investment into the city, ranging from Metrolink upgrades and the building of innovative science parks, to university research and city-centre regeneration projects. MediaCityUK, the Soapworks and Citylabs have all benefited from EU funds. Last week however, the Chief Executive of Manchester City Council, Sir Howard […]

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21
Jul

Electrification heading down the line for North Wales?

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The North Wales and Mersey Dee Rail Task Force (NW&MD) has recently launched a campaign calling for the £1bn electrification of the North Wales railway line from Chester to Holyhead. It is hoped that the line would connect North Wales with HS2 bringing 70,000 jobs across the Cheshire, Mersey Dee and North Wales regions. Flintshire […]

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15
Jul

A Manifesto for the North

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ResPublica’s Manifesto for the North, launched at last week’s Finding True North conference, provides a litany of policy ideas aimed at linking up the Northern economy and driving growth. Its claim that the Northern Powerhouse  ‘of all the post-war innovations and attempts at reversing abject decline … has come closest to what is needed’ may […]

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08
Jul

A new way forward for Transport in Greater Manchester

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Transport for Greater Manchester (TFGM), has recently announced the consultation on their transport strategy for 2040, which seeks to provide a devolution friendly plan for a greener, cleaner, and more prosperous city. One of the overarching aims of the strategy is to get people out of their cars and onto more environmentally sustainable public transport. […]

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08
Jul

Northern Investment: who will play the long game?

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There are concerns that the Northern Powerhouse could go out of the door, if the new prime minister does not want to keep George Osborne in Number 11. The latest report from Transport for the North, however, will surely inspire whoever picks up the Powerhouse baton. With the prospect of 850,000 jobs and £97bn pumped […]

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