Why cities need to invest in infrastructure

Croydon TramsPaul Buchanan recently spoke at the UK Light Rail Conference in Nottingham on the importance of investing in infrastructure in city regions. Paul argued that transport enables economic growth, whilst a lack of transport constrains it and called for greater autonomy for cities in investing their own money in local infrastructure rather than depending on government hand-outs. Devolved decision making would enable better informed decisions, and better policy integration leading to greater success in individual projects and reaping increased returns. Paul also talked of the possible integration between light rail and High Speed Rail links as a way of providing useful connections between some of the more remote HSR stations and city centre locations, allowing for potential development possibilities along the new routes.

Image: 2554 Croydon Tramlink – Waddon Marsh by Train Photos under license CC BY 2.0

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ELLIE EVANS

Partner

e: eevans@volterra.co.uk
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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.