Memorandum of Understanding is first time two devolved local authorities have committed to share knowledge and work towards common goals

 

Sadiq Khan (left) and Andy Street at London’s Traffic Control Centre

 

A knowledge-sharing agreement between London and the West Midlands will enable the two to learn from each other to improve not only their individual regions but also the rest of the UK.

Signed by Transport for London and Transport for West Midlands, the Memorandum of Understanding is the first time two devolved local authorities have made a commitment to share best practice and work towards common goals. The agreement was announced this week by London mayor Sadiq Khan and West Midlands mayor Andy Street at an event at London’s Traffic Control Centre, where they met staff who monitor the capital’s road network 24 hours a day.

The agreement covers a range of co-working areas, including the management of potential impacts around the delivery of major transport projects; the consolidation and re-timing of freight deliveries to reduce congestion and improve air quality; analysis of road and public transport flows between the two regions; Mobility as a Service  and new disruptive technologies; and improving open data.

We can also work together on developing and delivering common policies, like improving air quality and reducing the impact of major transport projects on local residents and businesses, which will benefit the UK more widely by boosting connectivity in every region

Gareth Powell, managing director for surface transport at TfL said: “We can also work together on developing and delivering common policies, like improving air quality and reducing the impact of major transport projects on local residents and businesses, which will benefit the UK more widely by boosting connectivity in every region.”

Last month, all eight regional and city-wide mayors met in Liverpool and called on the government for greater devolution of powers and funding over skills.

Following today’s meeting a delegation from TfL will be visiting Birmingham later in the summer.

This article appears in the latest issue of Passenger Transport.

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