Transport body proposes national spatial planning strategy

Government should create a 'national spatial planning strategy' for transport projects in order to help address the nation's transport problems, according to a report.

Transport: report urges national spatial plan
Transport: report urges national spatial plan

A Vision for Transport Planning, by the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT), examines how transport planning can play a role in addressing the challenges faced in the UK between now and 2035.

One of the main proposals is a "national spatial planning strategy", which would be produced "with input from all relevant central government departments".

The report suggests that a committee, established by statute and consisting of the chancellor of the exchequer and relevant secretaries of state, would draw up a 15 to 25 year strategy that would be subject to review every five years.

Local authorities should also have significant decentralized powers to fund and control transport systems, and develop complementary plans to the national strategy, the report says.

The report also suggests that at local level, "place making" would become a core element of transport planning, balancing issues such as smooth transport flows, the need for people-friendly streets, and air quality.

Report author Martin Richards said: "A revival of sustained economic growth and rising population will create additional pressures on our transport networks over the next 20 years.

"It’s therefore more vital than ever that there is a flourishing transport planning profession, supported at national and local level, to plan and recommend coherent spatial strategies that provide the transport networks and national and local connectivity we need."

The report can be read here.

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