Paul Buchanan discusses ‘Pricing for Prosperity’

It is over 200 years since road pricing was first suggested but there are only three significant schemes in operation: London, Singapore & Stockholm. All are ongoing and popular, even though they cover only a small % of the city and levy a simple, and relatively ineffective, cordon charge. Our proposal (Volterra with Jacobs) for […]

Volterra’s Lucy Dean and Alex O’Byrne present at Annual Transport Practitioners Meeting

Lucy Dean and Alex O'Byrne at TPM

  Lucy Dean and Alex O’Byrne were recently invited to speak at the 15th Annual Transport Practitioners Meeting (TPM) in Nottingham. TPM is the annual meeting place for all transport planners, highway engineers and urban transport designers. Practitioners, policy makers and academics are invited to present topical papers over the two days. Lucy’s presentation ‘What might the […]

Ellie speaker at Policy Forum for London event

Ellie was recently invited to speak at the Policy Forum for London’s event on the priorities for developing London’s night time economy. Specialising in the economic impact of developments and proposals, Ellie spoke about London’s night time economy hotspots and historic growth, as well as the business case for the Night Tube. When thinking about the […]

The Wolfson Economics Prize 2017 – our shortlisted entry led by Paul Buchanan

Wolfson 2017 logo Finalist

As a niche consultancy with expertise in the planning, economic and financial appraisal of public and private sector transport, the question for this years’ Wolfson Economics Prize “How can we pay for better, safer, more reliable roads in a way that is fair to road users and good for the economy and the environment?” was […]

What changes could Hyperloop deliver?

Hyperloop One

The last in our series of blogs on WEBs. Having worked on the Hyperloop projects, Volterra Partner Paul Buchanan looks at the impact futuristic modes of transport have on WEBs. WEBs and Hyperloop I have been lucky to work on four or five Hyperloop projects; this means thinking about the impact of Hyperloop on where […]

WEBs – can they be negative?

Toronto in 2010

The second in our series of blogs looking at how Paul Buchanan has continued to develop the techniques and spread the application of WEBs. Can WEBs be negative? I spent many years after Crossrail espousing the power of WEBs: the economic growth that resulted, the additional tax revenues accruing to government and all of the […]

The history of Wider Economic Benefits (WEBs)

Commuters

Paul Buchanan started WEBs, secured the original approval of WEBs by government and has continued to develop the techniques and spread the application of WEBs ever since. This series of blogs looks at some of the key changes and innovations that were introduced over time. They range from the original work on Crossrail, through early […]

Bridget Rosewell speaker at Highways UK 2016

Bridget Rosewell was a speaker at Highways UK 2016 annual conference on  16/17 November at the NEC in Birmingham, in her capacity as a judge of the Wolfson Economics Prize. The conference attracted 2,219 visitors to listen to the 109 speakers, in the three Industry briefing theatres, and to visit the 90 exhibitors.  Highways UK is a major event […]

Bridget Rosewell discusses Heathrow runway decision and post-brexit data

Prolific Economist Bridget Rosewell was invited on to Radio 4’s World Tonight on Tuesday 25th October to discuss the Government’s decision to grant a third runway at Heathrow. The long awaited decision was an important moment in Theresa May’s new government, after years of lobbying and indecision on the Heathrow and Gatwick extensions. The greenlight for Heathrow […]