Cities Programme

A programme of work with a range of cities to share knowledge and expertise, and to help local leaders develop long term strategies.


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The Commission's Cities Programme concluded with a final report published in October 2020 which shares lessons on principles for shaping local infrastructure strategies, drawing on the experiences of five case study cities and beyond.

In its National Infrastructure Assessment, the Commission recommended that Ministers provide new powers and £43 billion funding on top of current spending levels between now and 2040 to city leaders, including Metro Mayors, to develop long-term strategies for improving transport links.

The Assessment also highlighted the need for these strategies to help unlock job opportunities and deliver much-needed new homes.

Following the National Infrastructure Assessment, the Commission launched a partnership programme for cities and city regions cross the country, to share knowledge and expertise and to help local leaders develop long-term strategies that link transport, housing and job opportunities. You can find more detail about the programme in the tabs on the left hand side of this page.

Final Report

Principles for effective urban infrastructure: Lessons learned from the Next Steps for Cities programme

The Commission’s research identifies eight principles which cities can follow to ensure effective and ambitious urban infrastructure strategies.

Read the report

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Armitt speech on principles for urban infrastructure
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Armitt speech on principles for urban infrastructure

Sir John Armitt, Chair of the National Infrastructure Commission, delivered a speech today (7 October 2020) at the launch of the Commission’s report, Principles for effective urban infrastructure. The launch event was co-hosted with Centre for Cities. The text of Sir John’s speech can be found below.   Before I begin let me thank our...

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