Transport Planning, Policy and Competence in Penang

CREDENTIALS AND EXPERIENCE OF MAJOR ACTORS  (IN BRIEF)

 – Statement of Eric Britton to the WhatsApp forum,

1. Halcrow is a competent international consultancy with recognized international credentials and a long track record in the field of transportation analysis, forecasting, modeling, simulation, testing, traffic and parking strategies, public and shared transport, freight and goods delivery, civil and traffic engineering, economic instruments for regulating traffic and parking, legislation and enforcement, participatory planning and review, planning and public policy, including in-depth familiarity with practices and experience in leading edge cites in the allied fields of pedestrianization, public spaces and city cycling.

2. The State and local government in Penang have no public record of experience or competence in the following critical technical areas: transportation analysis, forecasting, modeling, simulation, testing, traffic and parking strategies, public and shared transport, freight and goods delivery, civil and traffic engineering, economic instruments for regulating traffic and parking, legislation and enforcement, participatory planning and review, planning and public policy, including in-depth familiarity with practices and experience in leading edge cites in the allied fields of pedestrianization, public spaces and city cycling.

3. The State’s chosen consultancy group, led by SRS: have no public record of experience or competence in the following critical technical areas: transportation analysis, forecasting, modeling, simulation, testing, traffic and parking strategies, public and shared transport, freight and goods delivery, economic instruments for regulating traffic and parking, legislation and enforcement, participatory planning and review, planning and public policy, including in-depth familiarity with practices and experience in leading edge cites in the allied fields of pedestrianization, public spaces and city cycling.

We take note that the Halcrow reports were very clear on this matter of a critical competence deficit in 2012. Today, five years later it is little changed.

Next step:

Forget the SRS recommendations, get back to the best of Halcrow’ s recommendations and update them to reflect current conditions, and on this firm base move on to develop a new strategic master plan, working with groups that have the necessary level of competence.

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