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This paper examines the way UK cities affect each other through the economic and other links between them. It focuses particularly on the role London, as the country’s only ‘world city’, plays in the UK system of cities. It considers:
how many UK cities could grow to ‘world city’ status
the economic links between UK cities and whether stronger UK supply chains are needed
the levers that could support a more productive urban economic network (eg transport and communications infrastructure)