A new Government supported Transport Knowledge Hub has been launched. The free online tool equips Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs), local authorities and other local decision makers with the tools and expertise to make ‘cost effective, impactful decisions’ for local transport. Funded jointly by Greener Journeys and the DfT, it has been designed to offer best practice guidance relating to the selection, development and delivery of transport investments and provides studies of successful transport projects. Functioning as an online community, hosted through the Local Partnerships’ website, the Hub will provide a platform for sharing advice on investing in transport infrastructure for growth, helping local decision makers to find the evidence they need to make important decisions on capital spending. It was launched at the LEP Annual Conference at the QEII Conference Centre in Westminster by the Chief Executive of Greener Journeys, Claire Haigh, with support from the Chairman of Network Rail, Sir Peter Hendy; Chief Executive of Go-Ahead Group, David Brown and Arriva’s MD of UK Bus, Kevin O’Connor.
Claire Haigh said, ‘The launch of the Transport Knowledge Hub marks a new dawn for investment in local transport projects. The scale of issues facing our transport networks is vast. From minimising congestion to improving air quality, quality local transport policy has never been more essential. The Hub is a timely development designed to encourage investments which will drive inclusive and sustainable economic growth. Through information sharing across the country and the creation of a centralised resource, the Hub will facilitate better investment, better collaboration and better journeys.’
Transport Minster, Andrew Jones MP, said, ‘The Hub will play an important role by offering local decision makers guidance on best practice, while enabling them to share advice on investing in transport infrastructure. The Government has supported this with investment as we support local decision makers creating the transport schemes to make a difference in their areas.’