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Local Transport Today
Viewpoint
Peter Wiltshire
Long, long ago, in a land of chugging steam locos and heavyweight telephones, investment in the new 1960s motorways programme was justified with an... continue
Local Transport Today
Sub story to regular feature
Robert Bain is the author of Toll Road Traffic and Revenue Forecasts: An Interpreter’s Guide. “In many toll road deals the revenue... continue
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Phil Goodwin
Phil Goodwin
The 1999 SACTRA (Standing Advisory Committee on Trunk Roads Assessment) report on transport and the economy is no longer available on the DfT... continue
Local Transport Today
Regular news
The New Government is to review the way transport projects are appraised in England. “We will reform the way decisions are made on which... continue
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Secondary stories
The door was this week opened to a major review of transport appraisal following the news that Theresa Villiers has been appointed a transport... continue
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Letters to the editor
Stephen Plowden, London NW1
The faults of the current approach to transport investment and appraisal are even more serious than NATA’s critics have pointed out. The... continue
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Viewpoint
Stephen Wood, Colin Buchanan
I am a transport planner, a Transport Planning Professional in fact, and I believe that, as a profession, we have much to offer in the development of... continue
Local Transport Today
Phil Goodwin
Phil Goodwin
Diagrams, especially simple ones have a power both to liberate and constrain thought that is not always apparent. The one you see on this page has... continue
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In brief
TRL has launched a new product for assessing both the adequacy of freight provision and pedestrian accessibility on local streets. TRL’s... continue
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Regular news
North Ayrshire Council has appointed MVA Consultancy to identify the impacts of a proposed bypass in Ayrshire on the local economy. MVA aims to... continue
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Secondary stories
The Passenger Transport Executive Group (pteg) has expressed its concerns to the DfT regarding the suitability of NATA and WebTAG to assess transport... continue
Local Transport Today
Regular news
The Passenger Transport Executive Group (pteg) has called for NATA to be reviewed to ensure that there is greater proportionality between appraisal... continue
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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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