POS, together with ADEPT, has made a joint response to the Transport Select Committee's call for evidence on local decision making for transport infrastructure.
- The preparation of local major transport schemes is time consuming and costly.
- Abortive scheme preparation and associated costs would be avoided if there was longer term certainty of funding.
- The process of bidding for funding creates additional cost and uncertainty and diverts effort and investment away from delivery on the ground.
- Local authorities are best placed in terms of capability to engage with business and communities to manage the decision making process in an accountable way.
- The introduction of Local Transport Bodies has created unnecessary bureaucracy and as funding is now to be allocated to Local Enterprise Partnerships the role of Local Transport Bodies in the process is unclear and public accountability is diminished.
- Allocation of funding directly to local authorities would be the optimum solution to ensure reduced costs and the most effective delivery of schemes through publicly accountable processes that are formally scrutinised locally.
- Consideration should be given to the establishment of a funding stream to allow local highway and transport authorities to undertake the preparatory works for major schemes in order to get them to a state of readiness for when suitable levels of funding are eventually forthcoming.
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