On the 4th of December 2020 the UK Government’s Transport Committee announced a major new inquiry into the appraisal and delivery of UK major transport infrastructure projects to better understand what lessons can be learned and applied.
The inquiry will consider transport infrastructure strategy and priorities; the appraisal and funding of transport infrastructure; oversight, accountability and governance of transport infrastructure projects; factors influencing the cost and capacity and skills required to deliver the infrastructure plans.
As the proposed Lower Thames Crossing is part of the Government’s £27bn Road Investment Strategy 2 (RIS2), and we have plenty of concerns we will of course be responding to the call for evidence for this inquiry.
The call for evidence closed on 15th January 2021.
Thames Crossing Action Group submitted the following evidence submission to the Transport Committee in response to this inquiry.TCAG Evidence for the Transport Committee
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If you are having any issues with viewing our response above it can also be downloaded as a pdf file here.
Update 27th March 2021
We have just learnt that the evidence we submitted to the Transport Committee for this important public inquiry has been accepted and published. You can view ours and others evidence on the official inquiry page where our evidence can be found via the Publications and All written evidence tabs/links, or on this page specifically where you can also view/download the written evidence (which is also available above in this update!
Remember, the Transport Committee decide which evidence is accepted and published, it is not like a consultation where all responses have to be accepted, so we are very please with this acceptance and publishing of our evidence! We look forward to watching how the inquiry progresses.
What is the Transport Committee?
The Transport Committee is nominated by the House of Commons to scrutinise the Department for Transport. Its formal remit is to hold Ministers and Departments to account, and to investigate matters of public concern where there is a need for accountability to the public through Parliament. It is chaired by Huw Merriman MP. You can follow the Committee on Twitter @CommonsTrans
You can also find more about the committee’s membership etc at https://committees.parliament.uk/committee/153/transport-committee/
The Guardian/Observer – Questions over HS2 and new roads as coronavirus prompts transport inquiry
Inquiry Written and Oral evidence – https://committees.parliament.uk/work/887/major-transport-infrastructure-projects-appraisal-and-delivery/publications/
Transport Select Committee News – https://committees.parliament.uk/committee/153/transport-committee/news/