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49th CfIT Plenary Meeting - 17 May 2007

Agenda:

1. Chair's Introduction - CfIT (07) 19

2. Road Pricing Discussion - CfIT (07) 20

3. Peter Mackie Paper on Barker Review - CfIT (07) 21

Coffee

4. Welsh Assembly Discussion

5. Cardiff City Council Discussion

Lunch

The following papers are for information only:

6. Minutes of the Last Meeting - CfIT (07) 22

7. Media Report - CfIT (07) 23

8. Calendar of Events - CfIT (07) 24

9. CfIT Website - CfIT (07) 25

10. Expenditure - CfIT (07) 26

Minutes:

Present

Commissioners:
Peter Hendy (Chair)
David Leeder (Vice-Chair), Harry Bush, Garrett Emmerson, Paul Godier, Sir Michael Hodgkinson, Helen Holland, Archie Robertson, Neil Scales, Baroness Ros Scott, Andrew Sentance, Lynn Sloman, Richard Turner.

Phil Graham (DfT observer), Robin Shaw (Transport Wales), Piers Bisson (Welsh Assembly Government), Simon Shouler (Transport Wales), Colin Eaketts (Transport Wales), Steven Phillips (Cardiff Council).

CfIT secretariat:
Chris Watts, Richard Mace, Brian Corbett, Luke Blair (Media Advisor).

Apologies for absence:
Apologies were received from John Armitt, Neil Betteridge, Sir Trevor Chinn, Gerry Doherty and Michael Roberts.

1. Chair's Introduction

Baroness Ros Scott and Sir Mike Hodgkinson
This being the last plenary of as their second term, the Chair thanked both Ros and Mike for their contributions to CfIT's work in plenary and in working groups. Commissioners echoed this vote of thanks.

Academics Evening Seminar
The discussion with academics from the CfIT Framework had covered a number of interesting issues which had subsequently been added to the proposed work programme:

Commissioners agreed that the academics offered a good insight into transport issues and suggested gaining greater input from then when conducting the initial stages of research. Commissioners also suggested working with partner organisations for the Ageing Population project.

CfIT Governance Board
The Chair and Vice-Chair had met with DfT senior officials for the Governance Board meeting at the end of April to discuss CfIT's 2007/08 work programme. On the whole the Department were very supportive of CfIT's plan and rationale for future studies and were currently advising the Secretary of State of the proposed work programme.

Iain Coucher
The Chair had recently met with Iain Coucher who would shortly succeed John Armitt as the Chief Executive of Network Rail. Iain had said that he was looking forward to joining CfIT in an ex-officio capacity from September.

2. Road Pricing Discussion

As requested at the previous meeting, Luke Blair circulated two draft papers highlighting key arguments for road pricing and frequently quoted myths about the concept. Commissioners felt the public needed to be informed about the potential benefits of road pricing, coupled with a clearer picture of the severity of congestion in 15-20 years' time if we do nothing to manage demand. Political support was also vital. Commissioners saw value in working with interested third party bodies to extend CfIT's influence on the road pricing debate and it was agreed that the "arguments for" draft paper should be used as the basis for discussion with such bodies. Commissioners also saw a greater role for the Motorists' Forum in assisting with the programme.

Action: Luke Blair to revise and re-circulate 'Myths' paper.

Action: Secretariat to circulate MF letter to Dr Ladyman to members.

3. Peter Mackie Paper on Barker Review of Land Use Planning

David Leeder met with senior officials at Communities and Local Government to discuss the implications of the Barker Review and the forthcoming Planning White Paper. A discussion followed regarding the influence that a coherent planning policy can have on increasing patronage on public transport. It was agreed to wait until the publication of the Planning White Paper and commission a further discussion among selected academics on the more detailed research needs before discussing the issue further at the July plenary.

4. Welsh Assembly Discussion

Robin Shaw and Piers Bisson gave a presentation detailing the work of Welsh Assembly Government, assisted by Simon Shouler and Colin Eaketts of transport strategy at Transport Wales. They detailed the main achievements that have been made in Wales, including the re-opening of rail lines in the valleys, and their plans for future development in the region. Piers informed the Commissioners of the impact of the concessionary fares scheme, as well as the north-south air link which connects Anglesey with Cardiff. He also explained the new governance arrangements, with 4 Regional Transport Consortia. Colin briefed Commissioners on the WAG's plans for new demand responsive bus services running along a main route, with feeder services linking this service with isolated communities.

Action: Secretariat to send CfIT's work programme to Transport Wales.

5. Cardiff Council Discussion

Steven Phillips, Corporate Director of Prosperous Cardiff at Cardiff Council, gave a presentation on the transport improvements that have been made in Cardiff, including park and ride schemes, and the rationale behind the proposed congestion charging scheme. He explained that there had been a large increase in traffic in the Cardiff area which was not sustainable, and that major improvements to the infrastructure, as well as to the bus network, were required to assist the regeneration of Cardiff and its environs.

Date of Next Meeting

The next plenary meeting would be held at 9:30am in Ashdown House on Thursday 19th July.

CfIT Secretariat
June 2007