Select Committee on Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence

Memorandum by Basingstoke and Deane (IT 112)


  A report on the Government's Integrated Transport White Paper was considered at the meeting of this Council's Planning and Transportation Committee on Thursday 24 September 1998. The Committee requested me to write as the Chairman to welcome the release of the White Paper and the Government's commitment to an Integrated Transport Policy.

  The Committee was unanimous in its support for the concept of Local Transport Plans which we agree are the key to better integration and the programming of transport investment. Clearly for Local Transport Plans to be truly effective, there will be a need for constructive working which fully engages all partners.

  We appreciate that government guidance is to be issued on the development and implementation of local Transport Plans in September. We would like to see included in the guidance confirmation and clarification of partnership working and the roles and responsibilities of local authorities in this process.

  Above all, the Committee was unanimous in its view that an integrated transport policy was crucial and a priority for inclusion in the legislative timetable.

  In the meantime, this authority will continue to pursue local transport partnership initiatives, such as Quality Bus Partnerships and rural transport schemes.

Councillor Paula Baker

Chair of the Planning and Transportation Committee

29 September 1998

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