Insights

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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30
Jun

The race for Number 10 and the North

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Nominations to lead the Conservative Party – and to be our next Prime Minister – closed at midday. The big news is that that person will not be Boris Johnson, who this lunchtime announced he would not be a candidate, his previous aura of inevitability palpably draining away. The promise of a relatively straightforward contest […]

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30
Jun

Could Brexit derail HS2?

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In a report compiled before the EU referendum, the National Audit Office (NAO) said that HS2 has an ‘unrealistic timetable’. Since then, everything has changed, so what could the referendum result mean for HS2? The Department for Transport is understandably claiming that it’s business as usual; in reality there will be concerns about whether the Government will […]

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24
Jun

A referendum geography of the North

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Now that the result of the EU referendum has been declared, the analysis of which areas of the UK voted to leave and remain can begin. Looking at the map of the UK, there is no hiding from the fact that overall the North of England voted overwhelmingly to leave the EU. However on a […]

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24
Jun

Brexit: what now?

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The campaign is over: Britain has voted to leave the European Union. For a decision of such moment, the result is agonisingly tight. The initial consequences are clear. The Prime Minister has resigned, unable in conscience to lead a country that was not following him. Scotland voted overwhelmingly to remain in the EU, and Nicola […]

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16
Jun

A new link for Manchester Airport

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Last week saw a new development for Manchester Airport, with the first direct scheduled flight to Beijing. This is the first time a UK airport outside of London has had a direct flight service to mainland China. This is a big step forward for Manchester and the North West which will now have a four-times-a-week […]

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08
Jun

A Powerhouse programme for Tees Valley

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Back to the future this week, as the Government once again wheeled out Lord Heseltine to deal with questions of regional investment and growth – a Conservative strategy dating back to at least 1981. His Tees Valley: Opportunity Unlimited report was commissioned in response to the closure of the steelworks. After a bit of unapologetic […]

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03
Jun

‘Continental’ Powerhouse?

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The Centre for Cities, which aims to help improve the economic performance of UK cities, has released a report which looks at how the Northern Powerhouse compares with the Randstad, in the Netherlands, and the Rhine-Rhur, in Germany; both of which represent similar areas that are made up of a number of cities. Perhaps the […]

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02
Jun

Burnham vs Anderson: fighting the wrong battle?

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This week saw hopeful Greater Manchester Mayor candidate MP Andy Burnham face criticism from Liverpool’s current Mayor and Metro Mayor hopeful over his remarks that the job required a candidate with senior government experience (i.e. him). Furthermore, he stated that, due to the complicated nature of the role which will put the successful bidder in […]

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