Saturday, 6 March 2010
What do six of the seven most economically powerful English cities have in common?
Spot the odd one out in the two lists below of the largest English cities by economy outside London, and their approach to integrating transport.
Urban Areas outside London and size of economy measured by GVA
1. West Midlands (Birmingham) = £44.9 billion
2. Greater Manchester = £44.8 billion
3. West Yorkshire (Leeds) = £37.6 billion
4. West of England (Bristol) = £23.3 billion
5. Tyne and Wear (Newcastle) = £19 billion
6. South Yorkshire (Sheffield) = £18.8 billion
7. Merseyside (Liverpool) = £18.4 billion
List of Integrated Transport Authorities in England
1. Centro (West Midlands)
2. GMITA (Greater Manchester)
3. Metro (West Yorkshire)
5. Nexus (Tyne and Wear)
6. SYITA (South Yorkshire)
7. Merseytravel (Merseyside)
Rail patronage in Merseyside has increased by 10.1%, in South Yorkshire by 9.4%, and in the West Midlands by 5.9%
Bus patronage has increased by 7.4% in Tyne and Wear, and by 4.9% in Greater Manchester.
"Bus operators in Greater Manchester have continued to invest in new low-floor, accessible vehicles which have raised the percentage of wheelchair accessible vehicles to 71.5% – exceeding the national target of 50% by 2010/11" -
"The Tyne and Wear Metro is the UK’s most cost efficient urban railway system. 69 per cent of operating costs are met from revenue alone, with only seven per cent of costs coming from local authorities. The subsidy per journey is 42p, which is up to seven times smaller than that of heavy rail systems in other UK cities"
"The Midland Metro line from Snow Hill to Wolverhampton, which opened in 1999, has taken an estimated 1.2 million car journeys off the roads with 15 per cent of passengers using the tram instead of their cars for the same journey. It operates at around 99 per cent reliability and carries around 5 million passengers a year."
"The South Yorkshire heavy rail network provides benefits of £35m and costs £20m a year in subsidy. This indicates a benefit of around £1.75 per £1 of subsidy."
"The free buses that Metro has introduced in Leeds, Huddersfield, Wakefield and Bradford have carried almost 6.9 million passengers between them."
"Passenger Focus's Autumn 2008 National Passenger Survey found that, at 71%, satisfaction with value for money was higher among Merseyrail passengers than among passengers for any other train company"
(All quotes are from the Passenger Transport Executive Group)
Meanwhile.....back in Bristol;
"Bristol had the slowest average road traffic speed—16.8 miles per hour—of any of Britain’s major cities"
"Bristol, the economic heart of the [South West] region, is severely affect by road traffic congestion and is the only city in the United Kingdom where congestion is projected by the Department for Transport’s own figures to increase despite improvements already planned."
"Bristol has the lowest proportion of public transport per head of the population of any major urban area in the UK."
(Bristol quotes are from the House of Commons South West Regional Committee First Report on Transport in the South West )
Transport for Greater Bristol have more background on why the Bristol area should have an Integrated Transport Authority just like every other major city in England, and the statement they made and presented to the Joint Transport Executive Members of the West of England Partnership is well worth reading here