John Blundell is a consultant at Volterra. He joined in the summer of 2015 after completing his BA (Econ) in Economics from the University of Manchester. In his time so far at Volterra he has worked on the Greater Manchester Accessibility : Density model working with Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) and New Economy Manchester – this model assists in determining the relationship between transport accessibility across the city region, and development densities.
John has recently worked on assessing the potential residential development supported by Crossrail 2 (XR2). This work considered how XR2 will change access to employment, thus changing households’ decisions on where they may wish to live and developers’ desire to build residential developments. For the GLA John helped predict how the distribution of employment growth by borough would be changed by future transport infrastructure improvements planned by TfL. John has also undertaken analysis for Highways England on the value of individual road links as well as the Strategic Road Network (SRN) as a whole.
John supports ongoing work for Strutt & Parker on the economic outlook of the UK and impacts on property. John has also worked on the economic case for a luxury hotel in central London, and on the economic contribution of different parts of London, identifying employment clusters and constraints or opportunities for future growth.
In addition to his role at Volterra, John is also a councillor on Rochdale Borough Council (elected during his final year at university) with special responsibility for borough regeneration and is the chairman of multiple committees. He was shortlisted in the 2014 Councillor Achievement Awards in the Young Councillor of the Year category following his work introducing a reduction in business rates for empty shops on the high street and grant schemes for shop fronts.