Alex O’Byrne is a consultant at Volterra, specialising in understanding the link between strategic developments and the wider economic and policy environment. Alex has managed a range of projects in the transport and development areas.
His work has included a number of high profile projects in the policy research, and development and planning areas. Alex was project manager for a project for the New West End Company estimating the impact of deregulation of Sunday trading hours in the West End. Figures he estimated as part of this work were quoted by the press and Government in their 2015 Sunday trading announcement. He is also responsible for the day-to-day management of an ongoing project assessing the socio-economic impact of the redevelopment at Battersea Power Station. Recent projects Alex has led include the economic case for two large mixed-use developments in Westminster and a large housing development in the north east.
Alex is experienced in analysing the impacts of transport infrastructure on the economy, with a good understanding of different methodologies for assessing economic impacts of transport, in particular wider economic benefits (WEBs). He has recently authored a report assessing relative merits of different approaches for quantifying and valuing economic impacts of transport used around the world. He has valued WEBs of specific rail schemes in both Dublin and Toronto.
Other notable projects Alex has worked on include a review of Transport for London’s appraisal guidance (focusing on travel time savings and cycling), assessing the impact of public realm improvements on property prices in the West End and the economic impact of HS2 stations in Liverpool, Sheffield and Stoke.
Alex conducts ongoing work for property management company Strutt & Parker on the economic outlook of the UK. And is experienced in using geographic information systems (GIS) software.
Alex holds a Bsc in Economics from the University of Manchester.