Transport and the economy

The Transport Committee held an inquiry into Transport and the economy, focusing on:

  • Have the UK’s economic conditions materially changed since the Eddington Transport Study and, if so, does this affect the relationship between transport spending and UK economic growth?
  • What type of transport spending should be prioritised, in the context of an overall spending reduction, in order best to support regional and national economic growth?
  • How should the balance between revenue and capital expenditure be altered?
  • Are the current methods for assessing proposed transport schemes satisfactory?
  • How will schemes be planned in the absence of regional bodies and following the revocation and abolition of regional spatial strategies?

The Committee published its Report on Wednesday 2 March 2011.

The Committee published the Government Response to its report on 6 May 2011

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Oral evidence taken for this inquiry

Tuesday 14 December 2010 - Oral evidence session

Witnesses: Rt Hon Theresa Villiers MP, Minister of State, Tera Allas, Director and Chief Economist of the Transport Analysis and Economics Directorate, and Tracey Waltho, Director of Finance Strategy, Department for Transport

Tuesday 7 December 2010 - Oral evidence session

Witnesses: British Air Transport Association - Simon Buck, Chief Executive, Association of Train Operating Companies - Michael Roberts, Chief Executive, UK Major Ports Group - Richard Bird, Executive Director and Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport - Nick Gazzard, Member of CILT Public Policies Committee; RAC Foundation - Professor Stephen Glaister, Director, ADEPT – witness name tbc  and Stagecoach - Les Warneford, Managing Director Stagecoach UK Bus; Prof Roger Vickerman, Dean, University of Kent, Royal Town Planning Institute  - Richard Summers,  Senior Vice-President and Local Government Association - Councillor Peter Box CBE,  Chair of Economy & Transport Programme Board

Tuesday 30 November 2010 - Oral evidence session

Witnesses: CBI, the Federation of Small Businesses, Unite and VisitBritain; Transport for London, The Northern Way, London Borough of Newham and HS2 Ltd; and the Campaign for Better Transport, the Transport Planning Society, Directors of Public Health for the West of England Area and Stop HS2.

Tuesday 16 November 2010 - Oral evidence session

Witnesses: Birmingham City Council and Centro; Birmingham Chamber of Commerce, Freightliner, Birmingham International Airport and Birmingham Forward; London Midland, National Express, Birmingham Retail Business Improvement District and West Midlands Regional Sustainability Forum

Tuesday 2 November 2010 - Oral evidence session

Witnesses: Hull City Council and North Lincolnshire Council; Associated British Ports, Freight Transport Association, Hull & Humber Chamber of Commerce, East Yorkshire Federation of Small Businesses; East Yorkshire Motor Services, First Hull Trains, Hull Environment Forum and Professor Peter Mackie.

Tuesday 19 October 2010 - Oral evidence session

Witnesses: Professor Henry Overman, London School of Economics,
Professor John Tomaney, University of Newcastle and Professor Alan Wenban-Smith, Birmingham City University; and Professor Phil Goodwin, University of West of England,
Malcolm Griffiths, Bluespace Thinking and Chris Riley, consultant.




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