Minister appears before major road network inquiry

20 July 2009

Transport Minister, Chris Mole MP, is among the witnesses appearing before the Transport Committee to give evidence to its inquiry into the major road network. The evidence session starts at 3.20 pm

Witnesses from 3.20 pm:

  • Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE)
  • North-East Combined Transport Activists' Roundtable (NECTAR)

The Department for Transport gives evidence from 3.50pm:

  • Chris Mole MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State
  • Martin Jones, Head of Strategic Roads Division

The Committee inquiry is looking into the major road network in Great Britain - the network of motorways, trunk roads and principal roads that serve the country’s strategic transport needs. It will consider current and future demand for roads, how capacity can best be used, the case for expansion, alternative strategies and the implications of climate change commitments.

Along with looking at the major road network, and examining how existing capacity can best be used or expanded, the Committee will look at possible changes to demand, including population growth and designated housing growth points. The extent to which growth in demand can be met through other modes of transport, new technology or land use policies will also be investigated. Road user charging will not be investigated in detail as the Committee will draw on information from its inquiry, 'Taxes and charges on road users'.

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