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Economics / Appraisal / BCR, England

Web tag to remain a requirement for majors

Local authorities in England are likely to have to continue appraising major transport projects using the DfT’s WebTAG appraisal guidance when major scheme funding is devolved from 2015.

The Local Government Association and the Royal Town Planning Institute/Transport Planning Society have both called for councils to be given a free hand in how they appraise projects in a devolved environment (LTT 13 Apr).

The RTPI/TPS said devolution should free councils of having to justify schemes on...

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30 May 2012

I'm puzzled by the paragraph saying "The Department is, however, considering giving authorities the freedom to develop their own bespoke appraisal methodologies, which they could apply alongside a WebTAG appraisal."

I've been arguing for some time that so long as we have highly centralised funding and control of transport, some kind of national guidance is needed to ensure a degree of consistency in central decision-making, but that local authorities should not rely on WebTAG to identify what is good for their areas. I'm therefore very curious as to what it is that DfT sees in present legislation that forbids local authorities from using their own approaches to assess what is good for them!