Bridget Rosewell to attend ITC report launch

Leading economist and member of the National Infrastructure Commission Bridget Rosewell is to attend the Independent Transport Commission (ITC) launch of High Speed Rail and Connected Cities: Accessible Places for Growing Economies on Monday 16th May at Leeds Town Hall.

The Independent Transport Commission (ITC) has been running a major research project investigating how High Speed Rail will shape our cities and regions, which has had a major impact on the national debate. Following a programme of expert panels, workshops in the UK city-regions, and study visits to mainland Europe, the ITC released its influential report, Ambitions and Opportunities, at a launch with Sir Albert Bore, Sir David Higgins and the Secretary of State in November 2014.

AO CoverThe ITC is now completing the final phase of the study, entitled ‘Disseminating the Insights’. This phase has seen the ITC exploring the insights from Ambitions and Opportunities in collaboration with the city regions through a series of national workshops during 2015. The outcome of the workshops is a report identifying key principles related to the insights from the ITC’s research, identifying what is special to each city, and how initiatives can be tailored to capture the greatest value for each place.

To mark the completion of this concluding report, the ITC will launch High Speed Rail and Connected Cities: Accessible Places for Growing Economies, at a high-profile event on Monday 16 May 2016. The key note address will be given by Secretary of State for Transport, The Rt Hon Patrick McLoughlin MP, hosted in the magnificent surroundings of Leeds Town Hall.

The morning launch session will include additional keynote statements from our host Cllr Judith Blake, Leader of Leeds City Council, and Dr Pete Waterman of the Cheshire and Warrington LEP.

In the afternoon the ITC will also run a workshop that will bring together representatives from across the city regions, including Bridget Rosewell, to explore the opportunities for collaborative working and place shaping in order to capture the economic benefits from HS2 and associated infrastructure investment.

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Alex O’Byrne, Associate at Volterra, is an experienced economic consultant specialising in economic, health and social impact, economic strategy, project appraisal and socio-economic planning matters.

Alex has led the socio-economic and health assessments of some of the most high profile developments across the UK, including Battersea Power Station, Olympia London, London Resort, MSG Sphere and Westfield. He has significant experience inputting to EIAs and s106 discussions as well as drafting economic statements, employment and skills strategies and affordable workspace strategies.

Alex is also experienced at economic appraisal for infrastructure. He was project manager of the economic appraisal for the City Centre to Mangere Light Rail in Auckland. He also led the economic and financial appraisals of the third tranche of the Transport Access Program for Transport for New South Wales, in which Alex developed and employed innovative methodological approaches to better capture benefits for individuals with reduced mobility.

He is interested in the limitations of current appraisal methodologies and ways of improving economic and health analysis to ensure it is accessible to as many people as possible. To this end, Alex recognises the importance of transparent and simple to understand analysis and ensuring all work is supported by a robust narrative.

Alex holds a BSc (Hons) in Economics from the University of Manchester and he was a member of the first cohort of the Mayor’s Infrastructure Young Professionals Panel.


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Ellie is a partner at Volterra, specialising in the economic impact of developments and proposals, and manages many of the company’s projects on economic impact, regeneration, transport and development.

With thirteen years experience at Volterra delivering high quality projects to clients across the public and private sector, Ellie has expertise in developing methods of estimating economic impact where complex issues exist with regards to deadweight, displacement and additionality.

Ellie has significant experience in estimating the economic impact across all types of property development including residential, leisure, office and mixed use schemes.

Project management of recent high profile schemes include the luxury hotel London Peninsula, Battersea Power Station and the Nova scheme at London Victoria. Ellie has also led studies across the country estimating the economic and regeneration impact of proposed transport investments, including studies on HS2 and Crossrail.

Ellie holds a degree in Mathematics and Economics from the University of Cambridge.