Draft National Policy Statements for National Networks examined

26 March 2014

The Transport Committee hears views about the usefulness of the National Policy Statements (NPS) and Government policy on the strategic road and rail networks.


Monday 31 March 2014, Wilson Room, Portcullis House

At 4.05pm

  • Paul Plummer, Group Strategy Director, Network Rail on behalf of the Rail Delivery Group
  • Maggie Simpson, Executive Director, Rail Freight Group
  • Richard Ballantyne, Senior Policy Adviser, British Ports Association
  • Martin Heffer, Technical Director, Rail Transit and Aviation, Parsons Brinckerhoff

At 4.45pm

  • John Rhodes, Director, Quod
  • Andrew Shaw, Planning Officers Society
  • Jeremy Evans, member of the Transport Policy Panel, Institution of Engineering and Technology
  • Naomi Luhde-Thompson, Planning Adviser, Friends of the Earth

At 5.20pm

  • Robert Goodwill MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Transport
  • John Dowie, Director of Strategic Roads and Smart Ticketing, Department for Transport


The draft National Policy Statement on National Networks has been published by the Department for Transport to provide more clarity about Government policy in the planning process for major road and rail projects.

We are hearing views about the usefulness of the NPS and on Government policy on the strategic road and rail networks. We will publish our recommendations on the draft NPS in May 2014. The Government must take these into account before publishing the final version of the NPS.

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