Transport Committee Press Notice

Session 2001-02

25 July 2002


The Transport Committee has decided to undertake an inquiry into the Multi-Modal Studies.

Witnesses are invited to submit memoranda to the Committee before Friday 4 October 2002.  It is unlikely that memoranda submitted after this date will be published. Witnesses who wish their memoranda to be treated in confidence should contact the Committee Clerk in advance.

The Committee will wish to consider the following aspects of the studies:

Was the approach to selecting the areas and scale of the studies appropriate and consistent, and how far have the studies looked ahead?

How much have the studies cost and are they good value for money?

What is the expected cost and how affordable are the schemes that are being recommended?

Have the studies been based on realistic forecasts of growth in traffic and how effective are measures intended to reduce the need to travel?

Has a consistent approach been taken over the need for and benefits of new ways of charging for transport?

How different are the recommendations these studies are bringing forward compared with previous transport policy?  Have the studies taken a balanced approach to all modes?

Are the studies producing recommendations that are consistent with Government policy, particularly the 10 Year Plan and the SRA Strategic Plan?

How effective will the schemes proposed by the studies be in promoting regeneration?

How can all of the different agencies responsible for achieving the different recommendations from the studies be co-ordinated to ensure a balanced set of projects are completed?

That are the main political, institutional, financial and planning barriers to implementing the studies?

How can the multi-modal study process be improved?

Witnesses are requested to submit memoranda of up to six A4 pages on computer disk in either ASCII, Word or Word Perfect 8 with a single additional hard copy; witnesses without access to a computer are respectfully requested to take particular care that submissions are legible. Memoranda submitted to the Committee should be kept confidential until published by the Committee.

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