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Challenges for Local Transport in an Age of Austerity

13 January 2011

The RTPI and Transport Planning Society Transport Planning Network Advisory Group has published a major report on the challenges facing local transport in an age of austerity. This details the outcomes of series of debates held in the Autumn of last year. Steer Davies Gleave is delighted to have played host to the seminars, and to sponsor the publication of the report.

PPG13: What's new on parking

11 January 2011

On 3rd January 2011, the Government issued a revised Planning Policy Guidance Note 13 on Transport (PPG 13). This has been done outside of the programme to replace PPG set after the 2006 Barker Review.

What changes were made?

Only paragraphs 49 to 56 of the note have been updated. The key changes to PPG13 are removal of:

restrictions on parking spaces in residential developments; and 
the requirement to set high parking charges intended to encourage walking, cycling and the use of public transport.

Making the most of the Local Sustainable Transport Fund

22 December 2010

As English local transport authorities (LTAs) eagerly await the guidance on the Local Sustainable Transport Fund (LSTF), we discuss what we already know about this.

Norman Baker’s statement to parliament about the LSTF on 13 December has provided LTAs (outside London) with much to think about.

Further thoughts on transport and the Spending Review

04 November 2010

This article is also available for download as a PDF

We’ve been digesting what the Spending Review announcements mean for transport. On top of this we’ve also had: a National Infrastructure Plan; Philip Hammond’s announcement on the way forward for the Highways Agency’s programme and for local authority promoted major schemes; and then the Local Growth White Paper. It’s been a busy few weeks and a good time to draw breath before what we understand will be another flurry of announcements before the Parliamentary recess.

The immediate reaction following the Spending Review was that transport escaped relatively unscathed. Compared with a 19% cut across all departments, the DfT took a 15% cut overall and just an 11% cut on its capital spend. As the Chancellor pointed out post-Spending Review, transport has the second highest capital allocation of all central government departments. But delve into the detail and what we see is a rather mixed picture.

This article is also available for download as a PDF

We’ve been digesting what the Spending Review announcements mean for transport. On top of this we’ve also had: a National Infrastructure Plan; Philip Hammond’s announcement on the way forward for the Highways Agency’s programme and for local authority promoted major schemes; and then the Local Growth White Paper. It’s been a busy few weeks and a good time to draw breath before what we understand will be another flurry of announcements before the Parliamentary recess.

The immediate reaction following the Spending Review was that transport escaped relatively unscathed. Compared with a 19% cut across all departments, the DfT took a 15% cut overall and just an 11% cut on its capital spend. As the Chancellor pointed out post-Spending Review, transport has the second highest capital allocation of all central government departments. But delve into the detail and what we see is a rather mixed picture.

What the Spending Review means for transport

20 October 2010

Where will the cuts be made and what does it mean for transport?

Steer Davies Gleave has been tuning in to this afternoon’s statement in the Commons on the Comprehensive Spending Review. Our consultants have analysed the announcements and accompanying reports and have produced a summary and analysis of the CSR focussing on areas that affect transport.

Read our Comprehensive Spending Review summary and analysis (pdf)

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