Transport and infrastructure

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

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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
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The UK2070 Commission – Fairer and stronger: rebalancing the UK economy

The UK2070 Commission has published its first report into spatial inequalities in the UK. Regional disparities affect everyone, whether they live in a prosperous or struggling area, but are not inevitable. With the right policy interventions and institutional reforms the trends can be reversed.

England & Wales, Scotland Briefing
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Charge! Latest planning shake-up to see electric car chargepoints become compulsory in new buildings

The government is considering another shake-up of planning regulations with electric car charging points set to become compulsory in new-build homes and other buildings. What changes to current building regulations does the consultation propose, and how far will the changes contribute towards meeting the target of the UK achieving net zero greenhouse gas emissions by…

England & Wales Briefing
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High Speed Rail update – Summer 2019

This briefing reports on recent key developments on the HS2 project, including an overview of a recent HofL’s Economic Affairs Committee report and an update on the progress of the enabling legislation for the project. HS2 is still highly contentious. Will the new PM have a different perspective on it?

Scotland Briefing
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High Speed Rail update – Summer 2019

This briefing reports on recent key developments on the HS2 project, including an overview of a recent HofL’s Economic Affairs Committee report and an update on the progress of the enabling legislation for the project. HS2 is still highly contentious. Will the new PM have a different perspective on it?

England & Wales Briefing
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Better Delivery: The challenge for freight

The National Infrastructure Commission has reported to government on how to ensure the operation of an efficient, low carbon freight system that manages its impact on congestion. Its final report addresses a range of issues including decarbonising the freight sector and the recognition of freight’s role in the planning system.

England & Wales, Scotland Briefing
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Swift Read: Planning (Scotland) Bill Update – What’s Happening Now?

A review of the planning system in Scotland was announced in 2015 by then Planning Minister Alex Neil. This Swift Read covers what stage we have gotten to with the bill, what amendments were lodged at stage 2, and what they mean for the next stage.

Ireland, Scotland Briefing