Examination of Witnesses (Questions 137
WEDNESDAY 10 JANUARY 2001
MR S THOMAS,
MR D MARKHAM
137. Good afternoon gentlemen. May I ask you
please to identify yourselves?
(Mr Thomas) Shaun Thomas, General Manager with English
(Mr Gilliland) Paul Gilliland. I am in the Maritime
(Mr Markham) My name is David Markham. I am English
Nature's Transport and Operations Adviser.
138. Do you have anything you want to say to
(Mr Thomas) No, we are quite happy to take questions
unless a quick word about English Nature would be of help to the
139. We have the greatest admiration for English
Nature and we have the advantage of our sister committee with
comes up with very useful information about what you are doing.
May I ask what evidence you have that the environmental objectives
are being complied with by the Highways Agency?
(Mr Thomas) It is fair to say that over recent years
there have not been as many road schemes as perhaps in previous
years and indeed the Ten-Year Plan will prove to be a great test
of the environmental objectives part of the Highways Agency and
other deliverers of transport schemes. The evidence which we quote
at the moment is that we have seen evidence of some schemes coming
forward, one very recently, the A30 Bodmin/Indian Queens development
where in fact the Highways Agency have taken a very innovative
approach and in the end after negotiations between ourselves and
other local providers, have come up with by far the most environmentally
sustainable option and indeed are promoting that one solely, I