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35th CfIT Plenary Meeting - 20 January 2005

Agenda:

1. Minutes of the last meeting and matters arising

2. CfIT Work Programme

Coffee - 10:30

3. World Cities

4. Urban Design

5. European Transport Issues

6.Media Update

The following papers will be taken as read:

7. CfIT Advice to Members on Media Issues

8. CfIT Website

9. Programme Expenditure

12:30 - Lunch

Minutes:

Present:

Professor David Begg (Chair)

Commissioners:
Neil Betteridge, Garrett Emmerson, Stewart Francis, Peter Hendy, Helen Holland, Stephen Joseph, Sir Bill Morris, Mike Parker, Michael Roberts, Archie Robertson, Neil Scales, Ros Scott, Richard Turner.

Speakers:
Ben Hamilton Baillie (Item 4), John Stevens (Item 5).

CfIT secretariat:
Catherine De Marco, Richard Mace, Andrew Middleton, Grant Allan, Katie Allister, Martin Helm (CfIT Media Adviser).

Apologies for absence:
Apologies were received from David Leeder, John Armitt, Sir Michael Hodgkinson, Sir Roy McNulty, Sir Trevor Chinn and Paul Collins.

The Chair congratulated Neil Scales on receiving the OBE for services to local transport.

1. Minutes and Matters Arising

1.1 The minutes of the last meeting were agreed as circulated. All actions had been addressed. The Chair raised the following points under matters arising:

1.2 Recruitment of the new CfIT Chair:
David Begg's second term as Chair of CfIT was due to end on 31 March. Under the Cabinet Office regulations for NDPBs, a new Chair must be appointed after two terms in office. DfT were responsible for recruiting board members, and had placed adverts for a new Chair in the Times and the Guardian.

1.3 Recruitment of the new CfIT Secretary:
Andy Braithwaite had left the Commission, transferring on secondment to BAA. DfT were in the process of recruiting his successor.

1.4 Secretariat staff changes:
Richard Mace had returned to the Secretariat, leading on the plenary and management of the general office. Andrew Middleton had been appointed as deputy secretary to the Motorists' Forum.

1.5 Joint Government commitment to road policing:
The Chair welcomed the Government announcement on 11 January for more emphasis on road policing. CfIT and MF had recommended a new strategic focus on road policing in a number of its previous research reports. The joint strategy drawn up by DfT, the Home Office and ACPO clearly sets the Police commitment to deal with all forms of illegal and anti social use of the roads.

1.6 Congestion charging in London:
CfIT were in the process of researching the potential benefits of a London-wide congestion charging scheme. A paper would be produced, covering issues such as technology, pricing schemes, use of extra revenue generated and the overall vision for London. The current timetable indicated completion at the end of February. Members would be given the opportunity to comment on a draft paper prior to publication.

Action: Secretariat to prepare the draft paper and circulate to members prior to publication.

Action: Secretariat to circulate TfL's latest monitoring report on the London congestion charging scheme.

1.7 Defra consultation on climate change:
Defra are currently reviewing the UK Climate Change Programme and progress towards our national goal to reduce CO2 emissions by 20 per cent below 1990 levels by 2010. A consultation exercise is currently underway as part of this review. The consultation paper includes a dedicated chapter on transport policy.

It was agreed that CfIT would respond to this consultation in the form of a paper assessing the effectiveness of transport policy in meeting our emissions targets. In order to meet Defra's deadline of 2 March, the paper would be approved by correspondence.

Action: Secretariat.

2. CfIT 2005/06 Research Programme

2.1 At the previous meeting, members contributed their ideas for the 2005/06 research programme. Members had also garnered ideas from a number of core stakeholder organisations through the CfIT contact programme. The Chair had also written to a number of other stakeholders, inviting their input to the programme.

2.2 An extensive list of projects had been received. Members discussed CfIT's research priorities for the coming year. In deciding on the programme, it was important to consider the following criteria:

Action: Secretariat to prepare the draft 2005/06 work programme paper for circulation and agreement by members for presentation to the Governance Board.

3. World Cities

3.1 CfIT's world cities project seeks to make a comparison of transportation systems in several international cities, looking at demand management and strategies to reduce congestion, and the subsequent changes to patronage and mode share.

3.2 Members agreed that the draft of phase one of the project, focussing on metropolitan cities, required further work and should be discussed at the March plenary.

Action: Final report to be submitted to the March plenary.

4. Urban Street Design

4.1 Ben Hamilton-Baillie, an architect, urban designer and movement specialist from Bristol, gave a presentation to members on achieving a more equitable balance between "road space" and "people space". In recent months he has advised a number of local authorities on urban design strategy.

4.2 Ben Hamilton-Baillie presented a new approach to the traditional style of traffic management. A number of schemes in Denmark and Holland have achieved significant reductions in those killed or seriously injured (KSI) through the introduction of ambiguity and urban legibility at traffic intersections. Rather than adding additional warning signs, road markings or traffic signals to a junction, the scheme removed all traditional traffic management measures. The effect was the notion of "place" at the intersection, with the ambiguous junction forcing drivers to reduce their speeds for reassurance through eye contact with pedestrians.

4.3 The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea were piloting these principles on Exhibition Road in London. Members were keen to stay in touch with the progress of the trial.

5. European Transport Issues

5.1 John Stevens, Manager of DfT's Europe Division gave a short update on transport developments in the EU and their implications for UK transport policy. It was an important time, with commencement of the new Luxembourg presidency and preparations in progress for the UK presidency from 1 July 2005 to 31 December 2005.

5.2 European transport policy currently focussed on economy and environmental protection. During its presidency, the UK were keen to introduce initiatives for improving the quality of regulatory legislation, which would assist the ease of harmonising European and domestic legislation.

5.3 The EU were developing proposals for the allocation of airport slots by May and were expected to discuss slot allocation with the US. The UK were keen to introduce an emissions trading scheme during their presidency.

5.4 A fourth attempt to agree the Euro-vignette proposals would be made in April. If agreed, the UK would be required to reconcile the directives with domestic parliament. At present, there were no proposals on the table requiring the UK to introduce road user charging for all vehicle types. An interoperability directive had been introduced for technological standards for European manufacturers. Another land-based proposal on the horizon was the introduction of mandatory tendering for all public transport services. This was possible in the summer. A third rail package was also being discussed. This involved the harmonisation of train driver qualifications across Europe, passenger rights and obligations, a standard EU contract for freight shippers and the liberalisation of international passenger services.

6. Media Update

6.1 Xmas had been a fairly quiet period with a strong emphasis on end of year reviews with requests including Rail Professional and Transit. There were also requests for media briefing and interviews on the back of the Government's announcement on a motorway trial of a peak time car sharing lane and anticipation of the Chancellor's Autumn statement plans for fuel duty.

6.2 The next few months were expected to be more active, with a number of CfIT research projects nearing completion. The content for CfIT's road safety website was intended to be delivered for approval at the March plenary. A visionary paper on transport in London was also being developed.

7. Additional Papers

The following papers were noted and approved:

Any Other Business

Sir Bill Morris informed members of the transport tsunami appeal. This national initiative was being launched in order that any redundant buses and spare parts could be donated to the countries in South East Asia affected by the tsunami disaster. The Confederation for Passenger Transport (CPT) had been approached in order to identify vehicles across the country. So far, 60 buses had been donated. The Government would be funding the shipping costs.

CfIT Secretariat
January 2005