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Transport devolution in the UK

Issue 3 2016  •  20 June 2016  •  Andrew Jones MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport, Department for Transport, UK

Cities matter to the UK. Cities and their wider economic areas account for an astonishing 74% of our population and 78% of our jobs. They act as engines of growth and in recent years have been crucial in boosting the UK economy. As a government it is vital for us to promote growth in the places that people live and work, and transport has always played a critical role in this development. London, in particular, is a truly global city and a comprehensive, integrated public transport system has been a key factor in its success. To have a thriving, modern economy requires resilient and innovative transport systems and our cities are leading the way in developing unique solutions to the challenges they face…

Active transport for healthier and safer cities

Transport Extra, Z homepage promo  •  24 March 2016  •  Secretary General, UITP (International Association of Public Transport)

Alain Flausch, UITP Secretary General, discusses what impact transport and urban environments have on global health problems and how high quality public transport and good urban planning can encourage active lifestyles…

Video: TGfM shows how transport investment drives urban regeneration

Industry news  •  18 March 2016  •  Katie Sadler, Digital Content Producer, Eurotransport

Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) has release a film displaying how transport investment will drive economic growth in Greater Manchester.

Moving cities forward: shaping a better urban future

Issue 1 2015  •  12 March 2015  •  Mathieu Lefevre, Executive Director, The New Cities Foundation

The world is urbanising at an unprecedented rate. More than ever, city leaders across the world need to plan strategically for shifting transport needs of citizens. The New Cities Foundation – an independent non-profit organisation with a mission to shape a better urban future for all – strongly advocates innovation and multi-sector collaboration when it comes to rethinking the future of urban mobility. The organisation’s Executive Director, Mathieu Lefevre, offers some examples of urban mobility innovations and discusses the potential impact they could bring to society as a whole…

Accessible local public transport: A major contribution to comprehensive societal mobility

Issue 1 2013  •  4 March 2013  •  Dr Peter Ramsauer, Federal Minister of Transport, Building and Urban Development, Germany

The desire to be independently mobile is a wish that people cherish throughout their lives. They want to enjoy mobility that is as unrestricted as possible, and today this is unimaginable without local public transport. At the same time, local public transport is a prerequisite of comprehensive social inclusion – in both rural and urban regions. Every day in Germany, around 30 million people use public transport. Strengthening local public transport is therefore one of my key priorities as German Minister of Transport.

Sustainable urban mobility is inconceivable without public transport

Issue 1 2012  •  17 February 2012  •  Dr. Peter Ramsauer, Federal Minister of Transport, Building & Urban Development, Germany

Mobility in our towns and cities is unimaginable without efficient public transport. In Germany, fixed-track local transport is the backbone of local public transport. Its planning, organisation and funding are the responsibility of the federal states.

The Federal Government’s share of local public transport funding is currently approximately €8 billion a year. Together with the money provided by the federal states and local authorities, this means that substantial state funding is available to make fixed-track transport in Germany more attractive. One of the major funding instruments is the Federal Government programme that operates under the Act on Federal Government Financial Aid to Improve Transport at the Local Authority Level, which provides financial assistance to largescale projects in urban areas and their hinterland that involve eligible costs of at least €50 million. The programme is organised by the Federal Government in consultation with the federal states and provides funding totalling around €333 million per year.