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Decision making process

Name der Fallstudie
Ebbw Valley Railway
Bahnstrecke Ebbw Valley

Decision making process
The Ebbw Valley Railway project was promoted by the TIGER (Transport Integration in the Gwent Economic Region) consortium of five local authorities in South East Wales. The TIGER consortium was founded in 1998 to develop a high quality public transport system for the Greater Gwent area. This was superseded by SEWTA in April 2003 (South East Wales Transport Alliance) which is composed of ten local authorities in South East Wales.

Capita Symonds is undertaking the schemes project management on behalf of the three local authorities through which the railway passes, Blaenau Gwent, Caerphilly County Borough Council and Newport City Council.

The key stakeholders in the project are three local authorities, National Assembly for Wales, Network Rail, Strategic Rail Authority and Arriva Trains Wales. Stakeholder meetings have been held every six weeks throughout the project.

Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council initially proposed to regenerate the rail line. Decisions about the project can be made at both the technical and political level depending upon the issue. Information is provided by all Stakeholders within the scheme. Decisions are typically made by the client, Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council and Caerphilly County Borough Council.


Name of tool
Demand forecasts

Decision making process - tools in decision-making process
The tool was implemented near the beginning of the scheme to establish whether the scheme should proceed and was implemented by consultants from Capita Symonds. The tool analysed whether the scheme would be supported. The tool has been used to justify decision throughout the schemes development.


Name of tool
Environmental Impact Assessment and Environmental Impact Assessment

Decision making process - tools in decision-making process
The Environmental study was completed by consultants after funding had been awarded but prior to the submission of planning applications for the station sites. The tool output influenced the process of the development since the assessment identified issues that would be impacted upon by the development of the stations, as well as providing measures to mitigate against adverse effects resulting from each station. This informed the decision on whether individual station developments should be allowed to proceed. The report expressed mitigation measures for possible adverse effects.</p> <p>The tool helped in the discussion over which stations should be constructed.</p>


Name of tool
Feasibility Study

Decision making process - tools in decision-making process
The feasibility study occurred at the very beginning of the project, to identify whether the project could be economically and socially beneficial. The use of the tool, resulted in the project continuing. The tool provided support for the scheme.


Name of tool
Public consultation exercise

Decision making process - tools in decision-making process
This exercise was completed over a couple of months after the acceptance of the formal bid for the project. The exercise resulted in a number of suggested amendments to the proposals, as well as gathering a high level of positive support (97% of those who responded to the exercise) for the proposal. The comments and criticisms could be seen as providing further goals for the project. The high level of public support received for the project was very encouraging.


Name of tool
Road side questionnaires

Decision making process - tools in decision-making process
The questionnaires were completed prior to the decision on the station locations. The questionnaires were completed in order to identify peoples maximum time and costs in terms of train travel. The tool identified the maximum time people were willing to travel â which indicated the number of stops that could exist on the line i.e. more stops the longer the journey. The road side questionnaires were fundamental to the demand forecasts.


Decision making process - how was the information for the dmp disseminated
Information dissemination on the project has been through the public consultation exercises and through press releases from the three local authorities.

Decision making process - how was the public involved
The thorough public consultation exercise occurred in January and February 2003 after the acceptance of the formal bid for the project. A Member?s preview (Municipality Councillors, Welsh Assembly Government officers, Unitary Authorities and Assembly Members) took place, to which the media were invited.

In order to make the general public aware of the proposals a number of steps were taken to ensure people had knowledge of the exhibitions and proposals. These involved posters at key locations, a brochure delivered to selected households and various organisations (which contained a questionnaire), press notes and an advertisement. The exercise involved nine public exhibitions which displayed the proposed siting for six stations. Prior to the public view, 1678 people attended the exhibitions, which was considered a successful turn out.

The consultation period lasted until three weeks after the final exhibition date, and at the end of this time 1,022 questionnaires were returned to Capita Gwent Consultancy. Of the questionnaires 97% of the respondents were in favour of the proposals, in addition there were comments made on a variety of subjects including general station design queries, trains/fares/timetabling, feeder bus provision and integration, and finance and compensation.

Decision making process - was there public discussion over the project

Welche Tools wurden verwendet, um Nachhaltigkeit zu beurteilen?

Demand forecasts

Environmental Impact Assessment and Environmental Impact Assessment

Feasibility Study

Public consultation exercise

Road side questionnaires

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