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Viewpoint: Issue 590 17 Feb 2012

For major transport project consultations, is the DfT practicing what it preaches?

Nick Richardson. Transport Planning Society

The purpose of consultation is presumably so that opinions can be taken into account as part of the planning process and hence influence the outcome in some way. Unfortunately, the approach to consultation on nationally significant transport proposals seems to be very different and not in accordance with the Government’s own expectations for schemes promoted by others. As a result, the DfT’s consultations are consistently flawed and do not inform decision-making but instead create...

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