April 2017

Rob welcomes collapse of cancer care privatisation

Rob has welcomed the news that the proposed privatisation of cancer care in Stoke-on-Trent and the surrounding area will not now go ahead.

The CCGs who were leading on this project have decided that the only bidder for the contract was not able to convince them of its viability, and the contract will now not be awarded.

“I’m delighted that this will not now go ahead”, said Rob, “but it is with a somewhat heavy heart.  The CCGs have only abandoned these plans because it has finally been proven that they were never going to work, and we have to be careful that they do not just emerge again with a few changes.

Top honour bestowed on Rob

Rob has been made a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT), the highest honour the organisation can bestow.  

CILT describes itself as “the membership organisation for professionals involved in the movement of goods and people and their associated supply chains.  Members of the Institute are involved in the management and design of infrastructure, systems, processes and information flows and in the creation, management and development of effective organisations. The work of our members impacts directly on people, society and the environment, on business profitability and economic growth.”

CILT was established in 1919 and now has more than 33,000 members in influential positions in the sector around the world.

The end of the road or a road to prosperity?

The Campaign to Protect Rural England came out with a report last week entitled The End of the Road which essentially suggested the countryside is about to be concreted over thanks to the government’s roads building programme, and that these new roads will do nothing to ease congestion, but actually make it worse.

Rob Flello, MP for Stoke-on-Trent South, Transport Select Committee Member and chair and founder of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Freight Transport says not only should the CPRE not fear road building but that the right roads, in the right places with the right developments to go with them will protect our green and pleasant land.

“There’s a theory,” Rob says, “called induced demand, which essentially says that the more space there is for cars the more people will drive, taking more journeys and causing more congestion and pollution.  There have been a lot of academic studies which support this view, but many of them miss some of the obvious points, that where you put your road and where it goes through and ends up are hugely significant factors in resulting traffic levels.”

Rob points to a 2001 study by Robert Cervero, Professor of City and Regional Planning at the Institute of Urban and Regional Development of the University of California.  Snappily entitled, Road Expansion, Urban Growth, and Induced Travel: A Path Analysis, Professor Cervero’s work challenges the received wisdom maintained by the CPRE that new roads make more traffic and are therefore generally, “a bad thing.”