Connecting Places

Planning Rapid Transit for Urban Recovery

Dr Nicholoas Falk argues that calls for greater equality or levelling up can never be met without long-overdue changes in the way that we plan and deliver local infrastructure projects.

Rapid Transit and Urban Recovery

On 19 May 2021, The Academy of Urbanism ran an online seminar aimed at drawing lessons from how rapid transit systems, such as trams and metros, can aid urban recovery in the light of declines in public transport usage and the need to cut congestion and meet carbon reduction targets.

Oxford Metro

This report proposes an integrated transport system for the English City of Oxford that could reduce dependence on the private car and encourage active travel and better forms of public transport to serve a city-region with twice the current population. Such an integrated system could support implementation of the Local Industrial Strategy and increased productivity whilst meeting challenges of congestion, pollution and inclusivity. The report also includes recommendations on innovative financing which will be essential as national resources will be extremely stretched.ontract from a major Chinese housing developer, following on from visits to exemplary projects in England, reviewed the meaning and application of ‘smart growth’ principles to urban development. A presentation was given in Hangzhou, and the reports draw on case studies of seven cities that are in the forefront of the digital economy.

Smarter Urbanisation and Rapid Growth

Cities need to change direction fast, if we are to satisfy our needs and retain our social values. As the world tips towards the East, and to ‘mega cities’ of more than 10 million inhabitants, countries such as the UK need to offer better models for how to manage growth. As capital has been growing at twice the rate of income for many decades, according to economists such as Thomas Piketty, the worst side effects are being felt by the young and the poor, who feel squeezed out. But we all complain of congestion, pollution and stress, despite the promised benefits of the Digital Revolution. What is to be done?

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