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40th CfIT Plenary Meeting - 17 November 2005

Agenda:

1. Chair's Introduction

10.30 - coffee

2. Update on Work Programme

3. Climate Change - update by Michael Roberts, Chair of the CfIT Climate Change Working Group

12.15 - lunch and close

The following papers are for information only:

4. Minutes of the Last Meeting

5. Correspondence Report

6. Calendar of Events

7. CfIT Website

8. Programme Expenditure

Minutes:

Present:

Peter Hendy (Chair)
Sir Trevor Chinn
Andrew Murray (DfT observer)

Commissioners:
David Leeder (Vice-Chair), John Armitt, Neil Betteridge, Garrett Emmerson, Sir Michael Hodgkinson, Helen Holland, Michael Roberts, Neil Scales, Ros Scott, Richard Turner.

Speakers:
Robert Sullivan
Miles Yarrington
Nick Paul
Roger Sumpton

CfIT secretariat:
Ben Still, Catherine De Marco, Richard Mace, Brian Corbett, Grant Allan, Katie Allister.

Apologies for absence:
Apologies were received from Archie Robertson and Harry Bush.

1. Chair's introduction

New Members
1.1 Potential members had been interviewed and were expected to be in post for the January plenary.

Media Advisor
1.2 Applicants for the media advisor post had also been interviewed. The successful applicant was expected be appointed by January.

Sir Rod Eddington
1.3 The Chair met with Sir Rod Eddington on 4 October. He was interested in CfIT's current work on Pricing, Investment and Subsidy, and Integration and Governance, and his team has requested an updated version of the European Best Practice study.

Karen Buck
1.4 Peter Hendy had met with Karen Buck in October to discuss CfIT's work programme. She was particularly interested in the Integration project and suggested that CfIT might wish to meet David Miliband to discuss links between transport and the sustainable communities' agenda.

Action: Secretariat to arrange meeting with David Miliband.

Work Programme 2006/07
1.5 The Chair invited members to think about topics for inclusion in the 2006/07 work programme.

Action: Members to contact Secretariat with their ideas.

Dunnhumby
1.6 David Leeder explained the work of Dunnhumby, a market research company, who combine customer data with consumer lifestyle and attitudinal data in order to inform retail marketing. The same process could be used to inform transport planning, for example determining what categories of people are likely to change their travel patterns. Dunnhumby are to be invited to a future plenary.

Procurement
1.7 The academics framework would be in place by the end of November. The consultancy framework would be in place in the new year.

2. CfIT work programme

2.1 Road Pricing
The Chair had a meeting with Robert Devereux who suggested a world review of transport pricing schemes. It was suggested to contact senior civil servants in each country - to understand what is actually occurring as opposed to what is planned. It was stressed how important it was that the data should be normalized and that the definitions were right so as to be able to compare between countries. The project would also look at exemptions applied to various schemes e.g. for disabled drivers.

2.2 Competition
The Chair met Mike Mitchell, Director of DfT Rail Group, who shared the view that competition issues should be taken into account as part of the rail franchising process. CfIT would be writing to the Secretary of State setting out proposals for handling competition issues in the new year - subject to obtaining information from TOCs to substantiate the evidence base.

2.3 Integration
Garrett Emmerson reported that academics had been commissioned to examine three case studies - Northern Way, Thames Gateway and South Midlands - to determine the drivers for development of each area and the problems each area will encounter. A series of hearings would be arranged to meet key stakeholders outside of London. Sir Rod Eddington had expressed an interest in the work, and it was agreed it would need to be completed by March. It was agreed that David Miliband should be informed of the work.

Action: David Miliband to be informed of the CfIT Integration work.

2.4 Sustainable Transport, Choices and the Retail Sector
This work was currently out to tender, and consultants were expected to be appointed before Christmas. The work was expected to be complete by next summer, with an interim report scheduled for the March plenary.

2.5 Pricing and Investment
David Leeder explained the primary questions associated with this study:

It was agreed that academic support would be crucial to the focus of the project. The study would involve an initial "thinking" period, identifying primary research needs and synthesising existing data. Members were asked to submit their views on the primary research questions, and DfT would also be closely involved.

Action: Secretariat to contact members for their views

3. Climate Change

3.1 Michael Roberts presented some initial findings from the Climate Change project. He explained that transport emissions are rising, and that transport's overall share of emissions has increased, although this increase had slowed due to greater fuel efficiency. However this analysis excludes aviation, where emissions are rising sharply and would be responsible for 1/3 of all carbon emissions by 2050.

3.2 There are several Government projections of emissions, one by the DfT model which shows emissions dipping after 2010, and one by the DTI which shows emissions continuing to rise. The key difference was that DfT assume that, in particular, the second motor manufacturer voluntary agreement will be implemented as part of their forecasts, whereas DTI work solely on measures currently in place. It was noted that the Government had achieved a positive impact on the environment with changes to company car tax, which had been received favourably by the public. Members were asked for their views on how this work should progress.

Action: Michael Roberts to refine next steps for the project

4.

The following items were noted and approved:

Date of Next Meeting

The next plenary meeting would be held at 9:30am on Thursday 19 January 2006.

CfIT Secretariat
December 2005