• Councils enlist MPs’ help over lorry parks

    28 September 2020

    Local authorities have called on MPs to help lobby the Government over the creation of lorry parks to cope with no-deal Brexit border disruption.

  • Helping city centres thrive post-COVID

    05 August 2020

    Concern for our high streets has been exacerbated by the pandemic - but this time it is big cities that are suffering more, says Andrew Carter. If we care about city centres, its down to transport authorities can help

  • Turning the tide

    22 July 2020

    Cllr Vikki Slade outlines the key aspects of BCP Council’s response when day trippers arrived in droves after the relaxation of lockdown.

  • Has COVID-19 put the brake on clean air zones?

    14 July 2020

    Data appears to suggest a shift towards private cars may already be happening in response to COVID-19, say Laura Thornton and Andrew Lister. Where does this leave local authorities’ clean air zones plans?

  • Using collective intelligence to boost cycling and walking in cities

    08 July 2020

    In the latest in an essay series on how the wisdom of citizens could help councils manage after COVID, Peter Baeck and Sophie Reynolds consider how to make cities better for cycling and walking.

  • The future must be climate resilient

    01 July 2020

    Simon Brammer and Simeran Bachra present some insights from a recent webinar with councils discussing how the pandemic is impacting action on climate change.

  • Walking and cycling plea to avoid 'car-mageddon'

    01 July 2020

    A senior councillor has warned against a ‘car-mageddon’ recovery post-lockdown as he urged the sector to invest in walking and cycling.

  • Blueprint for recovery

    01 July 2020

    Norwich City Council has approved a framework to steer recovery. CEO Stephen Evans outlines how the authority will recast its transformation programme to learn lessons from COVID-19.

  • Councils can lead post COVID-19 'inclusive' recovery

    24 June 2020

    Inclusive growth is now ‘out of grasp for the foreseeable future’, but building more inclusive economies is not, according to research published today.

  • Keep the faith: The importance of courage post coronavirus

    23 June 2020

    COVID-19 has merely accelerated the changes that were already happening in our conurbations, says Matt Crompton.  We will continue to create special places if we remain courageous, he adds.

  • Five compelling reasons why HS2East must be given same priority as HS2West

    08 June 2020

    It is vital that the Government’s Integrated Rail Plan for the Midlands and the North states categorically that HS2 east will be built concurrently with HS2 west, argues Cllr Judith Blake.

  • Breathing new life into the City

    02 June 2020

    As the nation begins to emerge from lockdown, leader of Westminster City Council Cllr Rachael Robathan describes some key elements of a rolling renewal programme for the heart of the capital.

  • Pop up parking 'could help recovery'

    29 May 2020

    The Government has urged councils to consider providing pop up parking on the outskirts of urban areas to help the recovery from coronavirus.

  • White van man beside the seaside

    27 May 2020

    White van man finds his very own place in the sun....

  • Don’t put democracy on lockdown

    27 May 2020

    Claire Fox asks if it is undemocratic for local areas to introduce fundamental shifts in transport policy as ‘settled’ without a proper public discussion?

  • Next stop: delivering homes and growth

    19 May 2020

    The Government is looking for ‘shovel-ready capital projects’, says public corporation LCR. Peter Hawthorne and Nick Markham talk to Ann McGauran about how councils can work with them to deliver transformational schemes around train stations.

  • 'We cannot sleepwalk into going back to normal'

    06 May 2020

    After the pandemic, 'our plans must include how we keep hold of some of the brilliant things we have done over the last month', says Tracie Langley.

  • Levelling up the rail network

    26 March 2020

    Despite the coronavirus crisis, planning for the long-term economy of the country must carry on. Sir John Armitt, chair of the National Infrastructure Commission, explains why they are launching their consultation on the future of rail infrastructure

  • NIC launches future of rail consultation

    26 March 2020

    The National Infrastructure Commission has launched a consultation on the future rail landscape of the North and the Midlands as part of the Government’s ‘levelling up’ agenda.

  • Councils ease parking restrictions to help coronavirus fight

    23 March 2020

    Councils across the UK are reducing parking restrictions as part of the fight against coronavirus.