Getting our Transport System Closer to the Standards of London

Adam Harrison, Principal Transport Policy and Strategy Officer, Transport for West Midlands discusses how we can make our transport systems in the region better and stronger for our communities. This article was written for the Birmingham Economic Review 2023. The review is produced by City-REDI/ WMREDI, the University of Birmingham and the Greater Birmingham Chambers … Continue reading “Getting our Transport System Closer to the Standards of London”

EVs and Charging Infrastructure

Dr Magda Cepeda-Zorrilla investigates the adoption of electric vehicles in the UK alongside the government’s plans for net zero, and the challenges that the owners of electric vehicles face. This article was written for the Birmingham Economic Review. The review is produced by City-REDI / WMREDI, the University of Birmingham and the Greater Birmingham Chambers … Continue reading “EVs and Charging Infrastructure”

The Demand and Challenges of the Sprint Public Transport System in Birmingham

Sara Hassan and Magda Cepeda-Zorrilla discuss whether a Bus Rapid Transit system could help reduce passenger travel times. This article was written for the Birmingham Economic Review. The review is produced by City-REDI / WMREDI, the University of Birmingham and the Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce. It is an in-depth exploration of the economy of … Continue reading “The Demand and Challenges of the Sprint Public Transport System in Birmingham”

What the Midlands is Doing to Meet Sustainable Transport Goals

Paige Davies discusses the measures the Midlands is taking to reach net zero. Paige worked as an intern at City-REDI over the summer of 2023. She graduated with a BSc in Geography and is currently undertaking a Masters in Environment, Development, and Politics at the University of Birmingham. As part of the UK’s net zero … Continue reading “What the Midlands is Doing to Meet Sustainable Transport Goals”

Money Talks – Reassessing Transport Priorities Following HS2

Magda Cepeda-Zorrilla and Donald Houston discuss how transport priorities have changed following HS2. They argue that buses are good value for taxpayers, important to those who do not have any other form of transport and can foster inclusive economic growth. In England, public support for bus operators and users totalled £3.1 billion in 2021-22 – … Continue reading “Money Talks – Reassessing Transport Priorities Following HS2”

The 15-Minute City: Good Urban Planning or an Attack on Personal Freedoms?

At the recent Conservative Party Conference, the 15-minute city was highlighted as an attack on personal freedom. In this blog, Magda Cepeda-Zorrilla looks at what a 15-minute city is, gives examples of where it’s been implemented and whether it might restrict people’s freedom. The Department for Transport (DfT) recently released the Plan for Drivers document, … Continue reading “The 15-Minute City: Good Urban Planning or an Attack on Personal Freedoms?”

Are E-Scooters a Solution or a Hazard?

Dr Magda Cepeda-Zorrilla discusses the return of e-scooters to Birmingham. Can they help to replace short vehicle trips? Or are they a danger to pedestians and other road users? This blog was first posted on the Birmingham Business School blog. In this blog, I write about the return of e-scooters to Birmingham with a new … Continue reading “Are E-Scooters a Solution or a Hazard?”

Tune in to the City-REDI / WMREDI Podcast

We launched our podcast series last summer, and since then we’ve discussed a whole range of regional and national issues with experts from business, economics, transport, education, work, skills and local government. Each episode is no more than 30 minutes long and ready to be downloaded to listen to on your commute, lunch break or … Continue reading “Tune in to the City-REDI / WMREDI Podcast”

Is the UK Ready to Expand Ultra-Low Emission Zones (ULEZ)?

Dr Magda Cepeda Zorrilla looks at Ultra-Low Emission Zones (ULEZ). What are the positives and negatives of ULEZ and what preparations do we need to make before we implement new zones? To combat air pollution and encourage environmentally friendly travel options, the London Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) was introduced in April 2019. All roads … Continue reading “Is the UK Ready to Expand Ultra-Low Emission Zones (ULEZ)?”

Megatrends in the West Midlands: Future Mobility

Madga Cepeda-Zorrilla explores future urban mobility and the functioning of places. She considers the challenges for transport from shift to homeworking and hybrid working; the growth in walking and cycling; car ownership, technology and behaviour and safety on public transport.   This article is part of larger project looking at Megatrends in the West Midlands. … Continue reading “Megatrends in the West Midlands: Future Mobility”