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Rethinking appraisal and prioritisation of transport infrastructure investment, London


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Add to Calendar 11-11-2021 17:30 11-11-2021 21:00 false Europe/London Rethinking appraisal and prioritisation of transport infrastructure investment, London To consider and discuss the challenges associated with Transport Infrastructure Investment and Appraisal
  • Lecture
  • Watch online
  • London
  • 11 November 2021
  • 17:30 - 21:00
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About this event

To consider and discuss the challenges associated with Transport Infrastructure Investment and Appraisal, ICE will be hosting an event to discuss how approaches are being or need to be adapted for business and investment planning and prioritisation in the current environment.

Our transport networks and services are vital to the way we lead our lives and the success of our economy, which in the UK, have been developed over many years to successfully connect people and places. 

The transport appraisal process is used for the complete spectrum of schemes, from smaller-scale sustainable travel initiatives and minor urban transport improvements through to large national scale infrastructure projects. It is used to identify problems and opportunities and to select the best investment option, providing the necessary analysis at each stage in the decision-making process. 

The UK, through HM Treasury’s Green Book, is widely viewed as having among the most mature frameworks for assessing, appraising and prioritising infrastructure investment. However, concerns over unequal investment levels throughout the country resulted in the Treasury announcing a review of the Green Book at Budget in March 2020.  The Review’s findings and recommendations were published in November 2020 alongside the updated Green Book.  While the Review did not find any evidence that appraisal methodologies were themselves distorting decisions, it recognised that the appraisal process “risks undermining the government’s ambition to “level up” poorer regions and to achieve other strategic objectives.

So, with £600 billion earmarked for spend on infrastructure by the end of the decade, how can and is the infrastructure sector best positioning itself to leverage investment to create additional social and environmental value and help rebuild local economies affected by Covid-19

Registration is required to attend in-person or watch online.


Chair: Rand Watkins

Client Director, Atkins

Rand Watkins

Rand is a Client Director within the Infrastructure business in Atkins. She has over 25 years experience in the planning, design and delivery of complex infrastructure projects in the UK and overseas with a particular focus on building and leading multi-disciplinary teams to deliver quality schemes to our Public Sector clients. Rand currently chairs the ICE Transport and Mobility Community Advisory Board.

Alexandra Bate

Director of Investment Delivery Planning, TfL

Alexandra Bate

Alexandra is the Director of Investment Delivery Planning at Transport for London (TfL), leading the sponsorship of TfL’s Capital Investment Programme and shaping the future of London's transport network, above and below ground. She has c.20 years’ experience across the capital investment lifecycle. In her current role, Alexandra is accountable for ensuring that TfL’s capital investment delivers the outcomes in accordance with the Mayor of London’s Transport Strategy and the Long-Term Capital Plan for London’s transport network (including Road, Rail and Underground, Bus networks).

Phil Goodwin, BSc (Econ) PhD (Civil Engineering), FCIHT, FIHT

Professor of transport policy at the Centre for Transport and Society, University of West of England, Bristol, and emeritus professor at University College London. Centre for Transport and Society

Phil Goodwin

Phil is currently Emeritus Professor of Transport Policy at UCL and UWE, and a Senior Fellow of the Foundation for Integrated Transport. He has degrees in Economics and Civil Engineering (traffic and transport) from UCL. He was head of the ESRC Transport Studies Unit at Oxford University, then UCL, and has worked as a transport planner in the Greater London Council, a non-Executive Director of the Port of Dover, and adviser to international, national, devolved and local government bodies.

He was a member of the DfT's appraisal advisory body, SACTRA (and its successor committees an panels) and co-author of its work on induced traffic, environmental evaluation, and economic impacts of transport infrastructure. He was Chair of the group of independent advisers who helped to write the 1998 Transport White Paper, and has appeared as a technical witness in a number of planning enquiries and court proceedings challenging the appraisals of some infrastructure projects arguing that their carbon impacts have not been properly assessed.

In 2003 ICE awarded Professor Goodwin and his co-authors the George Stephenson medal for their paper on 'Disappearing Traffic'

Stephen Cragg

Head of Appraisal and Model Development ,Transport Scotland

Stephen Cragg

Stephen is Head of Appraisal and Model Development at Transport Scotland.  He is a Chartered Transport Planning Professional with over 25 years’ experience in the field of transport planning for both the public and private sector.


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Megan Gilligan

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