Guidance Tool

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The Transport Knowledge hub is structured around 5 sections, each comprised of modules, covering transport investments through development and delivery.

Click on each area to find out more. If you would like to save your place and return to the same position later then you can do so at the bottom of each module.

Part 1. Transport and the economy

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Better transport connectivity and accessibility can improve access to jobs, increase the number of customers that businesses can reach, and reduces barriers to trade and competition. Click on this section to find out more about the theory and evidence on the economic, environmental and social impacts of transport investments.

Quantifying the economic impact of transport investment
The relationship between transport and the economy

Part 2. Setting the objectives

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Devolution is changing the way many of our towns and cities are governed and the way in which civic leaders are investing for sustainable economic growth. Competition for scarce resources intensifies the need to make the right investment decisions in a coordinated and transparent way, starting with the development of strategic economic objectives, supported by aligned plans for transport, land-use and skills. Click here to find out more about best practice and guidance in setting objectives for investment programmes and projects.

National Planning Policy Framework
Local Transport Plans
Innovation and technology
Strategic Economic Plans and Growth Deals

Part 3. Building the business case

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The Department for Transport is committed to open and transparent decision-making and has developed a well-defined process for assessing the Business Case for investment. The approach uses the Five Case Model as recommended by HM Treasury. Click here to find out more about the latest guidance in quantifying the impacts from transport investments, useful information regarding funding and financing and best practice advice in building a compelling case to Government.

Robust and consistent evidence
Funding and financing of transport infrastructure and services
Transport Business Case

Part 4. Delivering the programme

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Delivering major projects is difficult and we often don’t get it right. Cost escalation and delay are common issues for major projects, the National Audit Office recently noted that projects often encounter problems in their early stages, running over time and over budget before plans have been properly tested. Click here for guidance and best practice advice on project and programme management, including the Transport Delivery Excellence Programme and the IPA Project Initiation Routemap.

Project and programme delivery
Assurance and approvals

Part 5. Evaluating the investment

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There is a growing interest in the importance of towns and cities to our economic and social welfare, in what makes them successful and how we can shape their development. Transport networks are a particularly important part of this agenda. In this part of the Guidance Tool we describe the importance of monitoring and evaluating schemes as they are developed and delivered so that we can learn from experience and help realise the expected benefits from investment.

Monitoring and evaluation in practice
Monitoring and evaluation

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The Transport Knowledge Hub comes at a vital time for our transport networks. As our population continues to grow and our roads become more congested, public transport has an increasingly important role to play in keeping our country moving. Investment in local transport infrastructure, such as rail networks and bus services, can have a huge impact on development and economic growth in local areas, so I’m delighted that the Hub will provide the guidance and expertise local decision makers need to make effective investments.

Sir Peter Hendy, Chairman of Network Rail

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