The government has paid the owners of Manston Airport in Kent more than £5.7m to retain it as an emergency lorry parking area if Operation Stack is used. The figure was finally released after an internal review was conducted of the DfT decision not to release the figure. Senior civil servant Anthony Ferguson said that “the strong case in favour of disclosure is not outweighed by the arguments against”. As a result, in a letter released to Whatdotheyknow.com, Ferguson said […]
The long-standing row over the independence of the traffic commissioners (TCs) from Vosa has been laid to rest with the publication this week of a framework document. The document clearly sets out the roles of the TC, the Department for Transport (DfT) and its agencies. It has been signed by senior TC Beverley Bell and transport minister Mike Penning. The independence row was sparked following a letter from the DfT in late 2010 to the then senior TC Philip Brown, […]
The government should create an organisation that involves the public in major infrastructure schemes, in order to prevent projects like the Stanford West lorry park being dropped.
The DfT has said it wants to see more HGV operators adopting measures to improve the safety of vulnerable road users such as cyclists – but has stopped short of backing a call for an industry-wide code of practice on the issue.