This month’s election of six new ‘metro mayor’s in England has been hailed as ‘a new era for politics’, with massive implications for urban transport

 

 

England has elected its first six ‘metro mayors’, with all promising far-reaching change to transport.

West Midlands mayor Andy Street, previously MD of John Lewis, and Greater Manchester’s metro mayor, Andy Burnham, who stood down as MP in order to run, have already shown the potential powers and influence of the mayors. Street said his first act would be to meet the prime minister to discuss the case for new government investment in his region. Burnham rejected his combined authority’s draft spatial framework, partly because it did not give enough weight to joining up public transport and new development.

Their early priorities for quick transport wins include reducing road congestion. Street said that by the end of his term in 2020 he would have made public transport in the West Midlands “more punctual and less crowded”.

 
Related coverage in the latest issue of Passenger Transport:

‘Metro mayors’ target transport quick wins
England’s new ‘metro mayors’ are predicted to deliver growing impetus for major transport changes, but the first term is about getting up and running

New mayor’s first goal – ‘Take the buses back’
The new elected mayors of Liverpool City Region and Greater Manchester have pledged to take control of buses, but could they change their minds?

 

This article appears in the latest issue of Passenger Transport.

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