Calls For Evidence

As part of our mission to generate and improve debate about transport and land use in the UK, we regularly issue Calls for Evidence in relation to our research studies. The ITC is extremely grateful to all those who responded and submitted evidence

Upcoming Calls for Evidence

Spring 2017

Strategic challenges for UK Aviation

Spring 2017

Infrastructure and Cities

Closed Calls for Evidence

Winter 2016/2017

Leaving the EU and Transport

This Call for Evidence was held in December 2016 and January 2017 on the subject of Leaving the EU and Transport. Following the outcome of the EU Referendum the UK is facing a period of considerable uncertainty. The UK Government needs to meet several challenges including working out what positions to take in the prospective negotiations on leaving the EU, as well as the development of a realistic programme for achieving those ends. While much discussion has focused on the economic impacts of leaving the EU, the Independent Transport Commission (ITC) was exploring further the implications for transport and land use, in order to ensure that policymakers take into account the needs of the UK transport and land use industries in their negotiations.

The Questions on which submissions were sought included:

i) Cross-border movements

  • What will be impact of leaving the EU on the cross-border movement of people? How will this affect arrangements at our ports and airports?
  • Would restrictions on labour movements from EU countries have an effect on your organisation?
  • What would be the impact of leaving the customs union on the movement of goods and services between the UK and the EU considering separately entry to the UK, entry to any EU country and entry to non-EU countries?

ii) Funding

  • How do you think your organisation would be affected by a loss of EU R&D and other (e.g. University) funding? Should the UK Government fill any gaps in funding arrangements? How do you intend to retain the benefits from collaborative research?
  • To what extent would a change in the UK’s relationship with European Investment Bank or TEN-T affect transport infrastructure projects?

iii) Laws

  • Would you welcome the UK retaining or changing the EU derived laws (whether Directives or Regulations), which currently apply to your transport or land use organisation (including but not limited to procurement and State Aid rules)?
  • How would your organisation respond to new or amended EU laws in your area that come into effect after the UK leaves the EU?
  • What aspects of currently derived laws would you like to see repealed or amended if such a possibility arose in the future?

iv) Standards, Safety and the Environment

  • Focusing on the impact of EU membership on standards, safety and the environment in the land use and transport industries: Is there a danger of overlapping requirements (EU and UK) requiring greater bureaucracy and cost than at present? How best can we influence the setting of EU requirements in future without being a member? Where do you see advantages in the UK not being subject to EU requirements in these areas?

v) Rights

  • What would be the impact of leaving the EU on passenger rights?
  • Would a change in liability arrangements be welcome?
  • What aspects of current rights could be usefully changed or retained?

vi) Your perspectives

  • What would your organisation like to see achieved from the Government’s negotiations? And what would you like to see from the Government by way of consultation with the transport industry a) before forming their negotiating positions b) during the negotiations?

Submissions: The ITC received a wide range of responses from the industry and the material gathered will result in a paper that will be submitted to Ministers and the relevant Select Committees.

Autumn 2012

What will be the spatial effects of High Speed Rail in the UK?

This Call for Evidence was held during the second half of 2012 on the subject ‘What will be the spatial effects of High Speed Rail in the UK?’. The consultation was designed to investigate how HSR affects those cities and regions it serves, and what high-speed connectivity means for the shape of the UK in the years to come. The consultation is informing the ITC’s research project, and will continue with a number of national workshops and a European symposium during 2013.

The Questions on which submissions were sought included:

  • Will the cities served by HSR become subservient centres to London or be enriched in their own right?
  • How will HSR impact on the economic and social life of the cities it serves?
  • What will be the impact of HSR on those cities/regions it will not directly serve?
  • What should be the top priorities for investment in HSR in order to ensure it improves your locality/city/region?
  • What additional public/private investment should be considered by these cities and their wider region to capture the maximum value?

Submissions: The ITC received an excellent range of submissions to this call for evidence which was held during Autumn 2012. Please see this linked page for details of submissions.

Summer 2012

Aviation Futures: What are the strategic choices for aviation capacity in the UK?

This Call for Evidence was launched in July 2012 on the subject ‘Aviation Futures: What are the strategic choices for aviation capacity in the UK?’. The consultation was designed to provide insights into the challenges facing UK Aviation Strategy, and to inform the ITC’s research on this subject. The submission was followed by a number of oral evidence hearings at Rothschild during November 2012.

The Questions on which submissions were sought included:

  • Is there a need for greater aviation connectivity and capacity in the UK, and of what type? i. Is there a need for greater ‘hub’ capacity or not? ii. Is the need limited to South-East England or more widespread?
  • Over what timescales do we need to solve our aviation needs, both in the short and the longer term?
  • What would be the implications of failing to provide additional capacity?
  • What are the key criteria for determining environmental acceptability of any development?
  • If more capacity is needed, what are the main options to solve this and what are the issues they raise?

Submissions: We received many excellent responses and are grateful to all who contributed. A list of submissions may be requested from the ITC Secretariat, but due to the submission of sensitive information we do not intend to publish responses online.

Spring 2012

Road to Rail: Factors Affecting trends in GB Car Traffic and Rail Patronage

This Call for Evidence was launched in April 2012 on the subject ‘Road to Rail: Factors Affecting Trends in GB Car Traffic and Rail Patronage’. The consultation investigated the reasons why car travel in the UK has been stagnating for a number of years, particularly amongst younger people, while rail travel has been increasing. The findings have been fed into a major new study commissioned by the ITC, RAC Foundation, Transport Scotland and the ORR.

The Questions on which submissions were sought included:

  • What are the reasons behind the recent levelling off in UK car travel?
  • Why are we seeing such a strong rise in UK rail travel demand?
  • Are the increase in rail travel demand and the stagnation of car travel connected?
  • Are these recent trends in car and rail travel demand likely to continue?

We received a number of excellent submissions. The main body of submissions may be downloaded here. Submission courtesy of the DfT and Taro Hallworth