Transport and infrastructure

Affordable, accessible and sustainable transport and infrastructure are crucial to the economy and wellbeing of every community.


Members & Followers

The Circular Economy: a new life for waste and a new economic model

This briefing introduces the circular economy, a term often mentioned but possibly poorly understood, as an economic concept – followed by a discussion of the opportunities for local governments to participate in, and lead, changes towards achieving a circular economy.

Australia, Global Briefing

How can we make urban planning work for women?

Urban planning and governance requires gender sensitivity if it is to be sustainable, equitable, and effective. ‘Mainstreaming’ gender considerations into planning processes takes urban planning beyond the realm of making service and infrastructure management more efficient, and into solving issues of social, economic and political equity – promoting civic engagement among women and minorities in…

Australia, England & Wales, Global, Ireland, Scotland Briefing

Brisbane’s Green Bridges: Quantifying the benefits of active transport

Brisbane City Council has committed to five new ‘green bridges’ across the Brisbane River, over the next four years, designed for pedestrians, cyclists and public transport only. Using these examples, this briefing looks at quantifying the benefits of an active transport investment to assist decision-making when it comes to investing.

Australia, England & Wales, Global, Ireland, Scotland Briefing

Road Safety Trust: 2020 grant programme

The Road Safety Trust in the UK have launched their 2020 grant programme and organisations including local authorities can bid for money for their projects. CEO Sally Lines outlines the theme for the 2020 programme.

England & Wales, Scotland Blog Post Blog

High Speed Rail update – Spring 2020

This briefing reports on key developments on HS2 since July 2019, focusing particularly on the National Audit Office report published in January 2020, the Oakervee Review published in February 2020 and the UK Government’s decision to go ahead with the project.

England & Wales Briefing

Rural bus services

This briefing looks at rural buses and what was promised by the Conservative Party in the 2019 General Election to support the bus network outside cities and metropolitan areas.

England & Wales, Scotland Briefing

Game of drones: will councils need air traffic control departments in the future?

 As drones move from disruption to disruptive technology, how can councils gain from unmanned aircraft? What savings can they make? What steps do they need to take to get their implementation right whilst maintaining public confidence and safety? And will they need to employ air traffic controllers?

Australia, England & Wales, Global, Ireland, Scotland Briefing

Electric vehicles, environmental sustainability, and everyday life

Richard Kerley writes on the changes that individuals may have to make to address environmental issues if complex, satisfactory solutions are to be achieved, considering a shift to increased electric car usage to illustrate his point.

England & Wales, Global, Ireland, Scotland Blog Post Blog

Swift Read: Lothian Buses – A publicly owned success story

The Transport (Scotland) Bill passed the final stage in Holyrood in October 2019, giving Scottish local authorities powers to improve and even run local bus services, where they may not be currently meeting the needs of the community. Lothian buses is currently the only municipal bus company in Scotland, the largest in the UK, and…

Australia, England & Wales, Ireland, Scotland Briefing

Swift Read: The Transport Bill transforming local authority powers in Scotland

New powers for local authorities in Scotland are included in the Transport (Scotland) Bill passed on Thursday 10 October 2019, including powers for councils to bring in bus service improvement partnerships or operating their own bus companies, the introduction of low-emission zones and the introduction of the workplace parking levy. This briefing covers the main…

Scotland Briefing