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Airdrie Bathgate Rail Improvements Bil Committee

1st Report, 2006 (Session 2)

Preliminary Stage Report on the Airdrie-Bathgate Railway and Linked Improvements Bill

CONTENTS

VOLUME 1

REMIT AND MEMBERSHIP

PRELIMINARY STAGE REPORT
Introduction
Function
Brief description of Bill
      Approach taken by Committee

GENERAL PRINCIPLES OF THE BILL
Consideration of evidence
      Background to proposal
      General overview and need for railway
      Railway within local, regional and national transport plans
      Alternatives to achieving policy objectives
      Economic development and social regeneration
      Environmental
            Car usage
            Cycle path
      Route options, choice of stations and accessibility and railway’s integration with other modes of public transport
            Route options, choice of stations and accessibility
            Railway’s integration with other modes of public transport
      Patronage forecasting
      Project costs and risk management
Other issues
      STVA yard
      Maintenance depot
Conclusion on general principles

SHOULD THE BILL PROCEED AS A PRIVATE BILL
Scope of the Bill
Conclusion on scope
Adequacy of accompanying documents
      Explanatory Notes
      Promoter’s Memorandum
      Promoter’s Statement
      Estimate of Expense and Funding Statement
      Book of Reference and maps, plans and sections
      Environmental Statement
Conclusion on adequacy of accompanying documents
Other issues
      Draft Code of Construction Practice and draft Noise and Vibration Policy
      Application of Crichel Down Rules
      Compulsory acquisition and general permitted development time limits

      Advance and Voluntary Purchase Schemes
      Home Loss Payments
      European Convention on Human Rights

PRELIMINARY CONSIDERATION OF OBJECTIONS
      Adversely affected
      Assessor

Recommendation

VOLUME 2: MINUTES

Minutes - 28 June, 1st Meeting, 2006 (Session 2)
Minutes - 4 September, 2nd Meeting, 2006 (Session 2)
Minutes - 11 September, 3rd Meeting, 2006 (Session 2)
Minutes - 18 September, 4th Meeting, 2006 (Session 2)
Minutes - 25 September, 5th Meeting, 2006 (Session 2)
Minutes - 25 October, 6th Meeting, 2006 (Session 2)
Minutes - 7 November, 7th Meeting 2006 (Session 2)

VOLUME 3: ORAL EVIDENCE

28 June 2006 (1st Meeting, Session 2 (2006))
4 September 2006 (2nd Meeting, Session 2 (2006))
11 September 2006 (3rd Meeting, Session 2 (2006))
18 September 2006 (4th Meeting, Session 2 (2006))
25 September 2006 (5th Meeting, Session 2 (2006))

VOLUME 4: WRITTEN EVIDENCE

General Principles
Promoter response to Committee questions
Promoter response to further Committee questions
Promoter: post 4 September 2006 meeting
Promoter: cycle routes, station access, Plains and Blackridge stations, housing growth post 11 September 2006 meeting
Promoter letter on additional stations
Promoter letter on additional stations to existing network
Promoter: post 11 September 2006 meeting on bus/rail integration
Transport Scotland
Transport Scotland patronage forecasts
Minister for Transport to Convener on additional stations
First Scotrail
Strathclyde Partnership for Transport
Strathclyde Partnership for Transport: Bus route development grant
SESTRAN
Confederation of Passenger Transport
Passenger Focus
TRANSform Scotland
Scottish Association for Public Transport
SUSTRANS
Lanarkshire Chamber of Commerce
West Lothian Chamber of Commerce
Scottish Enterprise Lanarkshire
Scottish Enterprise Edinburgh and Lothian
Scottish Enterprise Glasgow
West Lothian Council
West Lothian Council: post 4 September 2006 mtg
West Lothian Council: cycle route and housing growth (post 11 September 2006 mtg)
North Lanarkshire Council
North Lanarkshire Council: post 4 September 2006 mtg
North Lanarkshire Council: cycle route and housing growth (post 11 September 2006 mtg)
West Lothian Council on bus/rail integration
North Lanarkshire Council: Post 18 September 2006 meeting on bus services
Fiona Hyslop MSP
Platform Blackridge on patronage forecasts
Platform Blackridge response to promoter letter to clerk on additional station issues
Karen Whitefield MSP: Plains railway station questionnaire

Adequacy of Accompanying Documents
Promoter
Promoter response to further Committee questions
Promoter note on Royal Mail delivery of notices
Royal Mail evidence on notices
Committee’s peer review of environmental statement
Promoter note on ES changes
Promoter response to ES peer review
Scottish Natural Heritage
Scottish Environmental Protection Agency
Historic Scotland
West Lothian Council
North Lanarkshire Council
North Lanarkshire Council: post 25 September 2006 meeting on construction noise levels
North Lanarkshire Council: post 25 September 2006 meeting on communication with promoter on COCP and other issues
Registers of Scotland
Promoter memorandum on land registration
Promoter: post 25 September 2006 meeting on land vested under section 6 of Bill

Should the Bill proceed as a Private Bill?
Promoter (Annex C)

Other issues
Land acquisition, compensation and permitted development (Annex D, 3-5)
Promoter: post 25 September 2006 meeting on consultation, COCP and Crichel Down Rules
Advance and voluntary purchase schemes (Annex D, 6-15)
Promoter policy paper on advance purchase scheme
Time limits: compulsory acquisition and permitted development (Annex D, 16 & 17)
Implementation of mitigation measures (Annex D, 18-20)
Draft Code of Construction Practice
Railway safety (Annex D, 21)
Promoter policy paper on advance purchase scheme
Transport Scotland paper on voluntary purchase scheme

Remit and membership

Remit:

To consider and report to the Parliament on the Airdrie-Bathgate Railway and Linked Improvements Bill.

Membership:

Phil Gallie (Convener)
Janis Hughes
Alasdair Morgan (Deputy Convener)
Cathy Peattie
Jeremy Purvis

Committee Clerking Team:

Clerk to the Committee
Fergus D Cochrane

Support Manager
Stephen Fricker

Committee Assistant
Joanna Tod

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