Transport and Economy Data Summit
On the 12th of December 2017 The Secretary of State for Transport Chris Grayling sent a letter to all Members of Parliament regarding transport funding. In it he used analysis of The Autumn 2017 National Infrastructure and Construction Pipeline (NICP) to claim that;
- UK government transport investment per person in the four years from 2017/18 to 2020/21 would be higher for North England than South England.
- IPPR North's work in previous years analysing the NICP had been "misleading" and "unofficial" and had "unduly influenced public debate."
How much does it cost to run our bus services? What is the economic cost of road congestion? Are IPPR North right to claim that the North has missed out on £63bn of funding compared to London? Is Chris Grayling right to claim that investment in North England will be higher in the South in the coming five years? How did Northern Powerhouse Partnership calculate that recent rail delays cost the economy £38m?
If the North is to take more responsibility for running transport, it must also take more responsibility for monitoring how it is working and deciding where to invest to connect our communities and strengthen our economy.
This collaborative and open event seeks to achieve the following aims:
- Develop a common understanding of the available open data and methods used to calculate the levels and impact of historic transport infrastructure investment in North England;
- Identify the opportunities and open data requirements for increased investment;
- Consider the challenges and obstacles facing increased investment and how they may be overcome.
We took to the streets of Leeds to interview the public about transport.
Slides from the main presentation.
Transport for the North slides
David Levene, Policy Officer
Fanny Goldschmidt, Business Development Manager
Transport Futures slides
James Gleave, Director
The data made available by James Gleave of Transport Futures.
Summary of the full day event