Transport and housing - round table June 14

The round table will expand on the themes of 8 May “The Making of the Modern City” which debated infrastructure-led regeneration across UK cities. The 14 June event will cover transport issues in relation to housing provision and employment, including how we rebalance the UK economy through using infrastructure investment. Phil Graham, Chief Executive of the NIC at our May forum stressed the importance of policies joining up housing and infrastructure. The growing importance of intelligent mobility in city journeys, and the related impact on local economies, will underpin our discussions.

The theme of rebalancing will look at investment, collaboration and planning needed for the expansion of regional airports, with the addition of long haul routes to the USA, Far East and Middle East in order to ease the attraction of foreign capital, more skilled workers and the opening up of foreign markets – as well as taking the pressure off congested London Heathrow and Gatwick.

Investment in high speed rail, in electrifying existing lines and the improvement of secondary connecting lines will be discussed – particularly to airports and ports, as well as improving regional services to connect people to jobs in cities.