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Local Transport Today
Letters to the editor
Vanessa Kovacevic, Bury St Edmunds
It will surely come as no surprise to those of us who have been in the appraisal field for a number of years that Alan Wenban-Smith and Tom van Vuren... continue
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Letters to the editor
Alan Wenban Smith, Urban & Regional Policy, Birmingham
As a land-use planner with a long-standing interest in transport planning, my eye was caught by the article describing the recent... continue
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Main editorial comment
Andrew Forster
Transport scheme appraisal never seems to be far away from controversy. Indeed, reading the thoughts of consultants Alan Wenban-Smith and Tom van... continue
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Lead Story
The appraisal of major transport schemes is based on analytical techniques that contain intractable weaknesses, two leading consultants said this... continue
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Articles
Rik Thomas
According to Philip Bates, a director at Jacobs Consultancy, building a high-speed rail network in the UK could turn out to be an expensive mistake... continue
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Articles
Jim Steer, a director of both the Steer Davies Gleave consultancy he helped found and the Greengauge21 lobby group established (also by him) to... continue
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Regular news
The value for money of carbon intensive transport schemes such as new roads could be weakened by new values for carbon dioxide emissions published by... continue
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Regular news
Transport co-ordinators have urged the DfT?to centralise administration of the national concessionary fares scheme for the elderly and... continue
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In brief
A new methodology for prioritising pedestrian crossing requests has been introduced by the City of Edinburgh Council. Locations are currently... continue
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In brief
Ethics don’t often feature explicitly in transport appraisal but there’s an interesting example of them in the DfT’s impact... continue
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Phil Goodwin
Phil Goodwin
Optimism bias arises because promoters of all types of big infrastructure schemes underestimate the building costs, sometimes cynically in order to... continue
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Regular news
Hard shoulder running (HSR) on sections of the M25 around London will deliver high value for money according to appraisals published by the Highways... continue
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Letters to the editor
Graham Nalty, Derby
Professor Stephen Glaister of the RAC Foundation lays far too much faith in the value and credibility of imprecise benefit:cost ratios. I have always... continue
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Letters to the editor
James Drummond, CEO?and president, Invensys Rail Group, Chippenham, Wiltshire
I read with interest the comments from Stephen Glaister at the RAC Foundation when launching his organisation’s report on rates of return from... continue
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Letters to the editor
Philip Bisatt, Taunton, Somerset
Articles in your last issue cast doubt on the value for money and ‘green’ credentials of rail projects compared with roads. I think that... continue
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Letters to the editor
Mike Crowhurst, Chairman, Rail Future, Leeds
John Dodgson’s report for the RAC Foundation prompts several questions. First, how has he treated the vexed question of revenue from fuel tax,... continue
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Letters to the editor
Eric Miller, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire LE13
Has anyone compared the benefit of reducing the number and/or severity of road casualties expected to result from lower speed limits, with the user... continue
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Viewpoint
NATA Refresh: Appraisal for a Sustainable Transport System is the latest in a stream of documents produced by the Department for Transport following... continue
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Viewpoint
Keith Buchanon
The DfT has now released the first installment of the ‘refresh’ of NATA (New Approach to Appraisal), which was originally introduced in... continue
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John Dales
John Dales
This month, as quite often, there were a couple of ideas vying with one another to see the light of print in this column. Given that they relate to... continue
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