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EXPERTS LINK UP TO PUT INTEGRATED TRANSPORT TOP OF AGENDA

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COSLA transport spokesman and Edinburgh City transportation convenor David Begg will be part of a team of independe...
COSLA transport spokesman and Edinburgh City transportation convenor David Begg will be part of a team of independent experts who will help the government develop an integrated transport policy.

Transport minister Gavin Strang announced that the nine-strong team will be chaired by Professor Phil Goodwin of the University

of London and will comprise:

Professor David Begg of Robert Gordon University;

Professor Carmen Hass-Klau, a traffic engineer also based at the

University of Wuppertal and; Stephen Joseph of Transport 2000;

Joyce Mamode representing the transport trades unions;

Dr Susan Owens from the University of Cambridge;

Charles Rice, of P&O Transeuropean;

Michael Roberts of the CBI;

Bill Tyson of GMPTE.

Dr Strang said:

'The group will be working with me and my team of ministers and

officials as part of the policy development process. The setting up

of this group shows how serious we are about improving transport.

'This is not a process which is going on in a back room somewhere. We

have already invited the public and all interested parties to comment

on our aims and objectives for transport policy by launching a

consultation document last month.

'Now we are setting up this group of external experts so that they

can give us the benefit of their experience and expertise as we

develop our ideas. I am looking forward to working with them.'

Professor Goodwin is planning to convene the first meeting of the

group shortly.

NOTES

1. The broad terms of reference of the group are:

'The group is appointed by the deputy prime minister to provide

integrated and expert advice to government on the contents of the

proposed Transport White Paper in 1998. Its scope includes all issues

raised in `Developing an integrated transport policy' It will have

access to internal papers, officials and ministers on emerging

thinking and proposals, so as to provide independent advice on how

best to define, implement, organise and fund successful and practical

integrated transport strategies.

The group's working methods, reporting arrangements and related

matters shall be agreed between the chairman and ministers.'

2. The government launched a consultation document 'Developing an

integrated transport policy - An invitation to contribute' on 21st

August 1997. At the press launch John Prescott announced that Phil

Goodwin of the University of London would be chairing a group of

experts to help with the work leading to the White Paper. The White

Paper will be published next Spring.

3. Further details of the members of the group are:

Professor David Begg is Convenor of Transportation on City of

Edinburgh Council, and transport spokesman for Convention of Scottish

Local Authorities.

Professor Carmen Hass-Klau is a Traffic Engineer with particular

expertise in urban issues in the UK and Europe and is a Professor at

the University of Wuppertal.

Phil Goodwin is professor of transport policy, and Director of the

Transport Studies Unit at University College London.

Stephen Joseph is executive director of Transport 2000.

Joyce Mamode represents the transport trades unions.

Dr Susan Owens is a lecturer in geography at the University of

Cambridge, member of the UK Round Table on Sustainable Development

and member of the Countryside Commission. Research interests include

land use, transport and sustainability.

Charles Rice is managing director of P&O Transeuropean.

Michael Roberts is head of CBI's industrial policy group, where

issues covered include transport policy, the private finance

initiative, energy policy, and regional policy.

Bill Tyson is chairman and managing director TMG Ltd, a subsidiary

company of Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Executive.

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