2014 Media


Infrastructure Intelligence, Chris Pownall – 3 December 2014

To maximise the economic benefits of HS2, it’s the last 0.5km that counts

Each HS2 station location has its own set of challenges in serving the local and sub-regional catchment areas. Finding the right solution will require collaboration between HS2 and local authorities, many of whom have already started to engage in this challenge. One-size-fits-all solutions will not work. And as last month’s [November] ITC report, Understanding the Spatial Effects of High Speed Rail, identified, there are imaginative overseas examples to draw on.


Transport Xtra – Issue 661, 28 November 2014

Vital ingredients identified to make HS2 a success

(Subscription required) A three dimensional approach to gaining the best regional outcomes from the planned investment in high-speed rail has been put forward in a study by the Independent Transport Commission. The work was welcomed last week by both Sir David Higgins, chairman of HS2 Ltd, and transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin.


The Guardian, Gwyn Topham and Dominic Smith – 23 November 2014

Rail, road and bus spending is the way to bridge the north-south divide

The HS2 high-speed line, due in 2033, is helping to drive debate over the future shape of northern infrastructure. Sir David Higgins, the chairman of HS2, warns that its benefits will only accrue if it is fully integrated into the wider network, and specifically highlights the paucity of existing northern links. Cities on the route have high hopes, inspired by a report from the Independent Transport Commission that highlights the catalytic regeneration effects high speed rail has had around stations in Europe.


Railnews – 22 November 2014

Plan to link HS2 to Birmingham New Street

The West Midlands Integrated Transport Authority and the Rail Delivery Group are proposing that HS2 should be linked to the existing railway in central Birmingham so that some trains could serve New Street station as well as the new Curzon terminal planned alongside Moor Street station. The suggestion has come at the same time as an independent think tank has concluded that high speed rail is a catalyst for economic regeneration.


The Star, Ellen Beardmore – 21 November 2014

New HS2 report ‘highlights’ need for Sheffield city centre station

The Independent Transport Commission has published a report into the regeneration and connectivity benefits of the European HSR network. It draws on examples such as Rotterdam Central station in Amsterdam and Gare de Lyon in Paris to show how they improved transport links and encouraged development.


Construction News – 21 November 2014

Report issues call-to-arms on regeneration through high-speed rail

A new report by the Independent Transport Commission (ITC) has set out regeneration and transport benefits of high-speed rail (HSR). The report, Ambitions and opportunities: Understanding the spatial effects of high speed rail, draws on extensive international field research. The authors conclude that high-speed rail can be the cornerstone for a step change in the integration and improvement of regional infrastructure.


Public Sector Executive/Rail Technology Magazine – 21 November 2014

High-speed rail can deliver regeneration benefits – ITC

High-speed rail (HSR) can be the cornerstone for a step change in the integration and improvement of regional infrastructure in the UK, according to a new report by the Independent Transport Commission (ITC).


Derby Telegraph, R Johnson – 20 November 2014

HS2: Report claims UK high speed rail scheme would not be “white elephant”

A new report has claimed that high speed rail in the UK would be “far from being a white elephant” after analysing the impact of similar schemes in Europe. The study by the Independent Transport Commission believes that high speed rail can be of benefit to the regions. The report, published this afternoon, comes as the Government attempts to strengthen its case for the High Speed 2 rail scheme.


Infrastructure Intelligence, Jackie Whitelaw – 20 November 2014

Europe shows how high speed rail can change regional economies, says new study

High speed rail can provide a step change in regional infrastructure according to a new report by the Independent Transport Commission. Based on international research high speed rail (HSR) can help increase the long term capacity of the UK’s transport infrastructure and act as a catalyst for economic regeneration of the country’s cities and regions, the ITC found.


Yorkshire Post, James Reed – 20 November 2014

Report calls for Yorkshire cities to be HS2-ready

Yorkshire cities need to prepare now for the arrival of high speed rail if they are to maximise the benefits, according to a report published today. The study of European countries’ experiences found cities which plan early, build regeneration projects around high speed rail (HSR) and integrate it properly with the local transport see the biggest economic impact.


The Independent, Stephen Bayley – 27 July 2014

Let’s put the fantasy back into travel

The deceptively simple question “Why do we travel?” was up for a debate at a recent meeting of the Independent Transport Commission. I was one of the debaters. Although I travel a lot, I wanted to argue that incentives for travel are diminishing as globalisation forces a lowering homogeneity in most of our experiences.


Allport Cargo Services – 23 July 2014

UK Government ill-informed

The UK government’s logistics knowledge has come under scrutiny following research released this week by the Independent Transport Commission. The report finds that whole areas of government have little understanding of the impact of the logistics industry on sectors regulated by their departments – and the consequence is a poorer economy.


The Load Star, Gavin van Marle – 23 July 2014

Collaboration is key to reducing empty container movements, says ITC report

Collaboration is urgently needed to reduce the almost 70 million miles a year that hauliers carry empty containers, those attending the launch of the Independent Transport Commission’s report into the freight industry heard last week.


The Load Star, Gavin van Marle – 21 July 2014

Silent running: the future for urban logistics as electric vehicles become key

The UK Independent Transport Commission has launched its first attempt to reach out to policymakers and help develop more business-friendly freight policies across Britain. Last week, the not-for-profit organisation released a report, Improving the Efficiency of Freight Movements: the Contribution to the UK Economic Growth.


Lloyd’s Loading List, Will Waters – 17 July 2014

Port-centric logistics ‘needs new focus’

Perry Glading, chief operating officer for Forth Ports… commented: “Land costs in and around ports, mainly in the south east of the UK, are very much higher than those in the West Midlands. So the national port-centric push has to be modelled to match the need, which is drive by warehousing price and supply chain costs”… His comments were part of a wider analysis of the UK freight and logistics market published this week by the Independent Transport Commission (ITC) in its interim report on ‘Freight and the UK Economy’.


The Load Star, Gavin van Marle – 15 July 2014

Government needs to know how freight and logistics works to support it, says ITC

Research released today by the Independent Transport Commission (ITC) concludes that, the Department for Transport (DfT) notwithstanding, there are whole areas of government that have little understanding of the impact of the freight logistics industry on the sectors their departments regulate.


Freight Business Journal – 15 July 2014

Study calls for probe into Britain’s empty boxes

The Independent Transport Commission (ITC) is calling for a possible case study to explore how the movement of empty containers in the UK can be reduced, in its interim report due to be launched on 16 July. Author Nick Gazzard, CEO of Incept Consulting says that possible subjects of investigation could include a study of containers in and out of Scotland to try to reduce the current shortage of container supplies to the Scottish whisky industry.


Yorkshire Post – 7 March 2014

High-speed rail ‘can help to transform’ large regional cities

High-speed rail will have a “transformative effect” on large regional cities which use their new stations as a springboard for wider regeneration projects, a major new study finds today. A report published this morning by the Independent Transport Commission (ITC) think-tank highlights how the massive city centre development projects which have encompassed high-speed rail stations in regional cities in Europe have proved the catalyst for major economic regeneration in the area.


Transport Xtra, Scott Le Vine – Issue 641, 21 February 2014

Automated cars are coming, but has anyone grasped their implications?

(Subscription required) Autonomous cars, driverless cars, automated cars… are the hot topic in transport today… This is the subject of a new Occasional Paper that John Polak and I have completed for the Independent Transport Commission. Entitled ‘Automated cars: A smooth ride ahead?’, we survey what is happening now, what is at stake, the direction of travel, and which policy options are on the table.


Financial Times, Jane Wild – 16 February 2014

Heathrow’s case for expansion bolstered by think-tank findings

(Subscription required) Britain’s aviation future will depend on a three-runway hub airport, says a leading transport think-tank, lending weight to the option of expanding London’s Heathrow. Only such a hub would allow airlines to provide an extensive network of long-haul routes, according to research by the Independent Transport Commission.