Magazine article Public Finance

DfT 'Stalling on Policy Decisions'

Magazine article Public Finance

DfT 'Stalling on Policy Decisions'

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The Department for Transport appears to lack a clear, tangible vision and is stalling on major policy decisions, MPs have said.

The Commons transport select committee's assessment of the DfTs 2007 annual report found a number of areas where the department appeared to be stalling, including electrification of railway lines and a national road-pricing scheme. "The department clearly has substantial issues that need to be resolved, but at the moment there appears to be a lack of clear, tangible vision,' the MPs said.

Although Greater Manchester was awarded £2.8m from the DfT's Transport Innovation Fund to set up a congestion charging scheme and improve public transport, little progress had been made on road-pricing, despite the DfT giving high priority to a national scheme.

The MPs also expressed doubts over whether the DfT was 'sufficient in size to reap the benefits of the shared services approach. …

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