Examination of Witnesses (Questions 456
WEDNESDAY 24 JANUARY 2001
MR T MATTHEWS
456. Good morning, gentlemen, may I welcome
you to the Committee this morning and ask you to identify yourselves?
(Mr Matthews) My name is Tim Matthews. I am the Chief
Executive of the Highways Agency.
(Mr Thorndike) My name is Richard Thorndike and I
am a Director of the Highways Agency.
457. Did you want to make any general opening
(Mr Matthews) No, I am content to go straight to questions,
458. May I ask whether you have changed the
way you decide on particular objectives because of the new environmental
(Mr Matthews) Two main things flowed from both of
the two New Deal documents, the general Integrated Transport White
Paper and the specific New Deal for Trunk Roads, as far as environmental
issues are concerned. One is that the Agency now has, both in
the short term in its business plan and over the ten-year period,
some very explicit environmental targets to meet in relation to
noise, biodiversity planning and such like. Those are very clearly
written in and public in our business plans and we are held annually
to account for delivering those.
459. Do you think that is different from the
way it used to be?
(Mr Matthews) Yes. Until the Integrated Transport
White Paper there certainly were not any explicit environmentally
related targets which the Agency had to meet, certainly not formulated
in the systematic way they are now.