We continue to lead the innovation and practical application oassessing the wider economic and social impacts o transportschemes. During 2010, we progressed the case or the DARTUnderground programme in Dublin where we were able todemonstrate signifcant wider economic benefts which weincorporated into our update o the scheme business case.
is presently giving evidence at the Public Inquiry intothe scheme. Also ollowing on rom last year, our development othe case and justifcation or seeking £300m in S106 contributionstowards Crossrail rom developers was accepted by the PlanningInspector ollowing the evidence we presented at an Examinationin Public. This led, earlier in the year, to the frst contribution bydevelopers towards Crossrail under the new policy. Moving aroundthe capitals,
led a study in Edinburgh assessing theeconomic potential o urther extensions to the present tramsystem which is under construction. Whilst in Cardi,
is working on a study or the Welsh Assembly Government on thewider economic impacts o rail investment.We have been very active in issues relating to High Speed 2 (HS2).This has included some high level economic advice or the RDAsas to prioritising options beyond Birmingham based on their widereconomic impacts. For HS2 itsel we have commenced work onassessing the socio-economic impacts o the London to Birminghamroute, starting with the impact around the proposed HS2 stationsand those locations on the ‘classic’ network which will see a materialchange in the requency and speed o rail services available. Forthe Birmingham to Leeds and Manchester sections, similar socio-economic assessments are being undertaken which will inorm routeand station selection. This builds on our experience o undertakingsimilar work or Crossrail covering route selection and assisting intaking the scheme through Parliament via a Hybrid Bill. On behal oBAA we provided evidence on the economic impact o HS2 servingHeathrow airport as part o the recent Mawhinney review.This year we have also undertaken some more standard transporteconomic appraisals, but perhaps or less conventional projects,including the possible extension o London Underground’s CentralLine to Harlow, new River Thames pedestrian and cycle crossings, andthe case or the new Cable Car crossing between Greenwich Peninsulaand the Royal Docks.Our work on valuing enhancements to the public realm and theeconomic appraisal o walking and cycling continues to break newground. The year saw
evaluate the urban realmimprovements o the high profle London Piccadilly Two Way Scheme.As 2010 drew to a close, Transport or London partnered with theGreater London Authority to launch a Valuing Urban Realm Toolkit; anonline appraisal tool developed by us that allows practitioners romacross the feld to consistently quantiy and value the impact o theirschemes.
has been leading our work in Manchester on theprocurement strategy or Manchester Metrolink’s Smart Card whileat the same time managing our input into a major strategic multi-modal transport study “Access to Birmingham” or the Departmentor Transport. This reviewed and prioritised hundreds o options orimproving transport in the Birmingham area which would help topromote economic growth in the region.Our work on car parking - besides being covered by the BBC - rangedin size rom a major strategic review or Stoke on Trent to advice onpricing and strategies or individual NHS Trusts. These are aced withthe difcult task o balancing revenue generation with aordableaccess to inpatients’ visitors or outpatients who require on-goingcourses o treatment.Colin Buchanan’s Economics team continues to provide innovative and cutting edge advice to its clients in both the private and public sectors.We are delighted to provide our latest review o the year which highlights a small sample o the variety o projects we work on.