Report provides ‘hub and spoke’ transport blueprint

Investment in new, modern tram networks will help UK regions maximise the economic benefits of High Speed 2, argues a new report from French transport group Keolis.

Launched this week, the ‘Integrated Cities’ report features contributions from shadow rail minister Lilian Greenwood, think tank the Institute of Public Policy Research (IPPR) and music industry mogul Pete Waterman.

The report argues that light rail systems are a crucial element of a ‘hub and spoke’ model of regional transport, which the UK must implement if HS2 is to bring benefits to areas beyond its main station hubs.

“HS2 simply can’t exist in isolation,” said Keolis UK chief executive Alistair Gordon. “To spread its economic benefits, we need to run parallel investments to expand and develop complementary transport networks that will plug it into the towns and cities which surround it.

“Evidence from the continent shows that high speed and light rail are intrinsic to one another’s success and to see the local benefits of light rail, we need only look at the transformational schemes being delivered in Nottingham and Manchester. With HS2 on the horizon it’s critical that city regions have the powers, freedom and alliances to plan ahead for a better connected and more integrated country.”

Keolis is the world’s largest operator of light rail networks. In the UK it operates the Nottingham Express Transit light rail network.

 

This article appears inside the latest issue of Passenger Transport.

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