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Local Transport Today
Letters to the editor
Paul Withrington, Director, Transport-Watch, Northampton
The HS2 proposals for a high-speed line propel railway nonsense to new heights of foolishness. The passenger forecast is for 145,000 passengers per... continue
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Viewpoint
Conrad Haigh, MVA Consultancy
“All the right notes! Not necessarily in the right order!” Anybody over the age of 30 will recognise the quote from what must be one of... continue
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Letters to the editor
Sandy Ochojna, the survey doctor, Penlee, Buxton
After 30 years of shouting in the wilderness I found it glorious to find Alan Wenban-Smith (last edition’s Viewpoint) coming out and saying the... continue
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Letters to the editor
David Metz, Centre for Transport Studies, University College London
I have considerable sympathy for Alan Wenban-Smith’s criticism of standard appraisal methodology, with its primary focus on travel time savings... continue
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Letters to the editor
Keith Buchan, Metropolitan Transport Research Unit
The debate on NATA, modelling, and “visions” for the future seems to be reaching a critical stage. Quite rightly, the DfT has always... continue
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Letters to the editor
Peter Mackie, Research professor, Institute for Transport Studies, University of Leeds
Your last two editions raise a series of questions about NATA (the New Approach to Appraisal) and transport appraisal. The most important one is not... continue
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Regular news
Environmental assessments are poorly integrated with spatial planning in England, according to a review for the Department for Communities and Local... continue
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Secondary stories
One of Britain’s top transport economists this week urged politicians and others to tread carefully on reforming transport appraisal, warning... continue
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Viewpoint
The Eddington Report in 2006 recommended a new focus on the economic purpose of transport investment, in a move away from the traditional focus of... continue
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Interview
Rik Thomas
The current bookmaker odds on no single party having overall control of Parliament following the upcoming General Election are 10/3 or 4/1 (depending... continue
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Interview
My review for the Department for Transport of Regional and local strategic modelling and appraisal capability  appears to have been... continue
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In brief
The DfT has published new guidance to help local authorities assess the impact of transport interventions. The guidance, prepared by the Tavistock... continue
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Lead Story
Pressure was growing this week for a fundamental review of the way transport projects are appraised, amid claims that the existing system fails to... continue
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Letters to the editor
We refer to your article on the Regional and local strategic modelling and appraisal capability report commissioned by the DfT. This suggests that... continue
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Analysis
The DfT’s audit of regional and sub-regional transport models reported in our last issue has generated much interest within the transport... continue
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Viewpoint
Paul Hanson, Regional Director, Transportation, AECOM
Transport interventions have a range of benefits and impacts. Appraisal is the process of weighing up the pros and cons to seek the best outcome.... continue
Local Transport Today
Viewpoint
Andrew Daly, Senior fellow, RAND Europe
The very thorough study led by Denvil Coombe prompts us once again to consider the role of the DfT’s WebTAG  transport appraisal guidance... continue
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Viewpoint
Paul Emmerson, TRL
The Review of the regional and local strategic modelling and appraisal capability by Denvil Coombe for the DfT has no doubt created a lot of... continue
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Interview
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Secondary stories
Transport modellers this week called on the DfT to clarify the status of its modelling guidance. The call followed independent consultant Denvil... continue
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