- September 1, 2021: Vol. 14, Number 8

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Infrastructure 101: A guide to white papers and reports focused on infrastructure investing

by Drew Campbell

City Region Connectivity: The role of transport infrastructure in regeneration and levelling up

by JLL and Mott MacDonald 

The complete report, which was published in August 2021, is available at


The major British cities outside London, with some exceptions, lack the large-scale, integrated public transport systems that are a feature of comparable cities on the continent, such as Lyon, Rotterdam, Cologne or Barcelona. Perhaps more surprisingly, there is also a growing gap with many mid-size U.S. cities, which have seen significant light-rail development over the past decade. By any measure, the rollout of tram and other mass-transit city region schemes in Britain has been disappointing over the past 20 years. Their absence is holding back growth and productivity.

As our urban conurbations grow, driven by younger generations that tend to have lower levels of

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