The IET's Jeremy Evans at the Transport Select Committee on 31 March 2014.
Transport Policy Panel responds to UK Government report.
Member of the IET’s Transport Policy Panel Jeremy Evans appeared before MPs this week to discuss the Government’s National Policy Statement (NPS) on National Networks.
The IET was invited to give evidence to the Transport Select Committee after submitting a response to the consultation on the NPS, which ran from December to February this year. The consultation requested industry views on whether the NPS on National Networks adequately outlined the need for development of nationally significant infrastructure projects on the national network.
Jeremy told the Committee: “In general, the NPS is a good move but I think there are some gaps in it that need to be filled. One of them is giving more consideration of the role technology can play to make better use of the network, particularly the road network.
"Also the issue of resilience – resilience is hardly mentioned at all in the NPS, and in particular resilience in response to incidents that happen on the networks such as accidents that can cause major disruption to travel and impact on journey time reliability.”
Jeremy also noted that the forecasts in the statement are based on certain assumptions that do not take into consideration the impact technology and future road use will have on the system. There is an assumption that the cost of road travel will continue to reduce, which may not necessarily be the case.
The IET maintains 12 Policy Panels that work alongside the IET Policy team to provide independent, unbiased, evidence based advice and comment to Government and Parliament on engineering-related policy issues.