Key Facts

  1. 20%

    of England’s wealth is generated in our city regions.

    GVA of Greater Manchester, Merseyside, Tyne and Wear, South Yorkshire, West Yorkshire and
    West Midlands, ONS (2009) Regional, sub-regional and local gross value added 2009

  2. 158%

    growth in rail journeys in our city regions - many commuter services are severely overcrowded.

    Rail passenger journeys to/from/within Greater Manchester, Merseyside, Tyne and Wear, South Yorkshire, West Yorkshire and West Midlands, 1995-2007/8, ORR National Rail Trends.

  3. £19,080

    estimated average cost to businesses of UK transport infrastructure problems.

    British Chambers of Commerce (2010) Reconnecting Britain: A Business Infrastructure Survey

  4. 38%

    of jobseekers say transport is a key barrier to getting a job.

    Social Exclusion Unit (2003) Making the Connections: Final Report on Transport and Social Exclusion

  5. £11bn

    annual cost of congestion in urban areas.

    Cabinet Office (2009) An analysis of urban transport 

  6. £8.7bn

    minimum annual cost of poor air quality, greenhouse gas emissions and noise in urban areas.

    Cabinet Office (2009) An analysis of urban transport

  7. No. 1

    improvement businesses would like to see in their current city location is improved transport links with other cities, followed by improved public transport.

    Cushman and Wakefield, UK Cities Monitor 2008

  8. 15%

    of people travel to work by public transport in the metropolitan areas.

    DfT (2010) Regional Transport Statistics

  9. £3

    of benefits for every £1 spent on urban transport networks.

    The Eddington Transport Study 2006 

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