It turned out that the RSA’s City Growth Commission was finalising its report on Connected Cities.
Recommendation 2 of that report (whilst argued specifically for Metro’s) gets very close to the themes of our forthcoming publication with “a substantial risk transfer to those metros able to shoulder it”
“With regard to infrastructure and connectivity we argue that metros should be responsible for approving and securing finance to develop schemes within their boundaries.”
The report also fully supports the lessons gleaned from our Study Tours: “the UK must learn from high-performing international competitors , which typically allow metros much greater flexibility and long-term certainty of funding”.
Catch up with our note (13th July) and links to some of our background thinking.