Business Case Approach
We acknowledge that many of you have concerns about the Business Case Approach (BCA) and we’re proposing a range of improvements to make it easier for everyone.
We’ve already reviewed the business cases in TIO and found that almost three-quarters of the annual spend already goes through some form of streamlined process, such as Standard Safety Interventions or Continuous Programmes.
We've identified two additional areas, walking and cycling and public transport improvements, where we'll look to see if it is practical to develop more streamlined processes.
We're also aware that it’s the business cases that aren't going through a streamlined process that are causing concern. To improve these, we’re considering a range of other opportunities including:
Reviewing how we better use existing strategic council planning documents as strategic and/or programme business cases.
Providing exemplar business cases based on risk and complexity for the different types of business cases.
Considering how we can use results from the REG Excellence Framework to give you more autonomy when it comes to investment-decision making.
Clearer guidance on the development of the different types of business cases.
We expect to be able to provide you with more detail on this work in December.
A new focus in the development of the 2021-24 NLTP is to build both our own and sector capability in the BCA and the assessment and prioritisation of investment proposals. While we have developed a range of tools and targeted learning since we introduced the BCA, we recognise there is the need to do more to make it easier for everyone involved.
We’re looking at providing tools and guidance that is specifically targeted to those who would benefit from it and making this available via a new Investment Capability Portal. We’re also looking at building smart tools and business case examples through each phase of this process.
We'll provide better training for our staff who are involved in the development, assessment and prioritisation of business case so they can better support you with your investment planning. This will ensure we're all in a better position for the development of the 2021-24 NLTP.
Investment performance measures
We've developed a suite of measures to help us understand where the land transport system is performing well and where it isn't. These measures align with the Ministry of Transport's Transport Outcomes, and the GPS.
They're also part of our benefits management framework and will roll into our Investment Decision-Making Framework (IDMF) to help us assess activities for inclusion in future NLTPs.
We’re releasing data that we and other central government agencies have gathered against many of these performance measures. While there is a lot of data, some will have more emphasis, reflecting the priorities of the government of the day - which are currently safety and access.
We hope that providing access to this data will help us come to a shared understanding of the land transport challenges and opportunities in your regions and help with decision-making. We’ll also be able to have better quality evidence-based conversations about projects.
To get access to the data, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and provide your name, position, and organisation.
We know this data is not perfect or comprehensive yet, but it will play an increasing role in identifying transport challenges and opportunities for investment. We therefore welcome feedback on the quality and value of this data.
We'd also like to hear whether there are other data sources you think we should access to help us to understand the local and comparative national implications for the land transport system, and impacts on communities and the environment.