Suite 4, Bishop Bateman Court,
5-7 New Park Street,
CB5 8AT, Cambridge, England
Phone: +44 (0) 1223 316098
7-9 North St David Street,
EH2 1AW, Edinburgh, Scotland
Phone: +44 (0) 131 524 9475
Prize papers: The paper on Strategic environmental assessment in the Trans-Pennine Corridor, written by Denvil Coombe, Andy Skinner, David Simmonds and Bruce Davidson, was awarded the Rees Jeffreys Award at the Institution of Civil Engineers? annual Awards Ceremony on 5 November. The paper described the project carried out in 1998-99 by MVA, DSC and ERM, which used a START/DELTA land-use/transport interaction model as the main forecasting tool. DSC also takes a little reflected glory from the Telford Prize awarded on the same occasion to Simon Hindshaw of Scott Wilson for his paper on the Scottish Borders railway feasibility study, since our analysis of the socio-economic impacts of that railway reopening proposal was one part of that very large project.
Congratulations: to Paula Lowdell, our Admin/Technical Assistant in 1998-99, who has just been awarded a First Class degree in Environmental Science from the University of East Anglia.
Staff: Simon Sutcliffe has joined DSC to take over the Computing and Technical Assistant role from Richard and Tom after taking his A-levels at Lawrence Sheriff School, Rugby.
South and West Yorkshire Multi-Modal Study: The South and West Yorkshire Strategic Model has been completed and is in use. It has been developed by linking new applications of MVA?s START package and our DELTA software. The use of the model is reported in the Report on the Development of the SWYMMS Strategy.
Clyde Corridor Transport Study: DSC is a member of the consortium appointed to carry out the Clyde Corridor Transport Study. The consortium is led by Scott Wilson and MVA. The study, which is being funded through the Scottish Executive Public Transport Fund Preparation Pool, has been commissioned as a result of considerable pressure for new development adjacent to the River Clyde within Glasgow. The City Council is keen to ensure that existing and future developments in the area are served by a modern, high quality public transport system which will reduce car dependency and will encourage residents, employees and visitors to the area to utilise a sustainable transport mode. An additional factor relating to the study is the need to ensure improved accessibility to a number of deprived urban communities, designated as Social Inclusion Partnership areas, to ensure that job opportunities are available for all. The study is being undertaken in accordance with the recently published Scottish Transport Appraisal Guidance. It will initially develop a broad transport strategy for a wide area aimed at a 20 year time horizon before focussing more locally within Glasgow. A 5 - 10 year transport implementation plan will be produced for this local sector. The study is being managed by a Steering Group, led by Glasgow City Council, supported by Scottish Enterprise Glasgow, Strathclyde Passenger Transport and Clydeport. The study is due to report in May 2003.
The impact of environmental improvements on business location decisions: We have been commissioned together with the Transport Studies Unit at University of Oxford to conduct a study into the impact of environmental improvements on business location decisions. The study aims to contribute to an increased understanding of how likely packages of environmental improvements, including those that are likely to follow from revenue hypothecation strategies, effect business (re)location decisions.
David Simmonds Consultancy Limited is registered in England and Wales, company registration 04860878. The registered office is 10 Jesus Lane, Cambridge CB5 8BA