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


CLOSED CALLS FOR EVIDENCE:


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?

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