Using a Strategic Assessment Framework to Inform Decision Making Process for Transport Projects in London

Using a Strategic Assessment Framework to Inform Decision Making Process for Transport Projects in London


E Seagriff, M Fassassi, Transport for London, UK


The paper describes Transport for London's Strategic Assessment Framework. The framework is part of a new approach to maximise the delivery of strategic outcomes and ensure that the right projects are being undertaken.


The Mayor's Transport Strategy (MTS) is a statutory document that sets out the Mayor's goals, challenges and desired outcomes for London's transport system for the next twenty years. Working with various stakeholders, Transport for London (TfL) has a duty to facilitate the implementation of the MTS in the most cost effective way and demonstrate to what extent the Strategy is being delivered.

With hundreds of projects being planned and developed by TfL each year, it is critical to ensure that ineffective projects are being stopped and projects contributing most efficiently to the overall strategic goals are taken forward for delivery. Choosing the right projects is even more important when resources for investment are severely constrained.

TfL has therefore developed a Strategic Assessment Framework (SAF) to help ensure that strategic impacts are known and measured during decision-making at all stages of project planning and development.

The paper describes the SAF which is a multi-criteria assessment framework structured around the MTS goals and outcomes. It explains how it is being used in TfL and shows how it relates to current Portfolio Management approaches in public organisations. The numerous benefits of having such a framework are highlighted : SAF promotes fuller analysis of options and their implications for policy and deliverability during early planning stages; it provides a consistent framework for the business to review the strategic fit of projects as they are being developed; it provides consistent cross-modal information to decision-makers and it enables consistent comparison of investment scenarios against strategic goals to help ensure that long-term goals are not compromised.

The lessons learned from the development and the use of SAF in TfL as well as possible future developments are also discussed.


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