This memorandum is based upon the findings of a recent Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) project entitled English regionalism: Rhetoric or Substance? Evaluating decision making procedures for Regional Funding Allocations (2007-2010, RES-061-23-0033). In addition it draws on work conducted by the author on the governance of England over the last decade. Its main argument is that important progress made in recent years to develop effective arrangements for identifying transport priorities at the sub-national tier could be derailed by the Government’s intention to remove regional governance structures in their entirety. Transport policy is acknowledged as an area that has significantly benefited from the economies of scale, shared resources and alignment with associated policy areas that a coordinated regional or sub-regional approach provided (Town and Country Planning Association, 2010; Centre of Cities, 2010). Unless the Government provides clear incentives and mechanisms to facilitate joint working across localities and between governance tiers there is a very real risk that the progress made towards building a strategic and holistic approach to transport prioritisation at the sub-national level could be undermined.
|Title of host publication||Devolving Major Transport Schemes: Consultation responses|
|Place of Publication||London|
|Publisher||Department for Transport|
|Publication status||Published - 30 Jul 2012|