LTP3 Executive Summary

Introduction

This is the third Local Transport Plan (LTP3) for Tyne and Wear. It comprises a ten-year strategy (2011 – 2021) covering all forms of transport in Tyne and Wear, underpinned by the first in a series of three-year delivery plans (2011 – 2014) setting out how the strategy will be put into effect at a local level.

This Plan has been produced by the Tyne and Wear Integrated Transport Authority on behalf of the six LTP Partners – the five local authorities in Tyne and Wear (Gateshead, Newcastle, North Tyneside, South Tyneside and Sunderland) plus Nexus, the local Passenger Transport Executive. It has been produced in accordance with the Local Transport Plan Guidance issued by the Department for Transport in 2009 and takes into account national, regional and local policies and plans. It is complementary to the Transport Strategy for the North Eastern Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), which covers a wider geographic area including those parts of Durham and Northumberland which have close economic and commuter ties to Tyne and Wear.

The draft LTP was subject to a period of public consultation and comments received have been used to finalise the document.

The Strategy

Vision

Our vision for transport in Tyne and Wear is that:

Tyne and Wear will have a fully integrated and sustainable transport network, allowing everyone the opportunity to achieve their full potential and have a high quality of life. Our strategic networks will support the efficient movement of people and goods within and beyond Tyne and Wear, and a comprehensive network of pedestrian, cycle and passenger transport links will ensure that everyone has access to employment, training, community services and facilities.

The five goals of the transport strategy that we have adopted to meet this vision are:

  • To support the economic development, regeneration and competitiveness of Tyne and Wear, improving the efficiency, reliability and integration of transport networks across all modes
  • To reduce carbon emissions produced by local transport movements, and to strengthen our networks against the effects of climate change and extreme weather events
  • To contribute to healthier and safer communities in Tyne and Wear, with higher levels of physical activity and personal security
  • To create a fairer Tyne and Wear, providing everyone with the opportunity to achieve their full potential and access a wide range of employment, training, facilities and services
  • To protect, preserve and enhance our natural and built environments, improving quality of life and creating high quality public places

As there is considerable overlap between the latter three goals, and many of our proposed measures would help to address all three of them, these have be summarised under the term “Safe and Sustainable Communities”. Therefore the strategy has been focused on ways to address challenges within the following three key areas :

  • Supporting economic development and regeneration
  • Addressing climate change
  • Supporting safe and sustainable communities

Challenges

Economic Development and Regeneration – By many standard economic indicators, Tyne and Wear is less successful than other urban areas of the UK. Transport needs to help address this by supporting the development of new regeneration and housing sites, managing congestion, ensuring high levels of accessibility to key employment sites and making sure our transport network can continue functioning after disruption from natural or man-made events.

Climate Change – All local authorities in Tyne and Wear have committed themselves to meeting challenging targets for the reduction of CO2 emissions and will also be required to play their part in meeting the UK’s national Climate Change Act objectives. This will require a significant reduction in transport’s share of emissions.

Safe and Sustainable Communities - The least prosperous areas of Tyne and Wear are amongst the most deprived in England. Source: Index of Multiple Deprivation (2007) This situation is influenced by many factors but transport can assist by improving accessibility so that people can reach employment sites and key services more easily, and by promoting healthy, active travel modes such as walking and cycling. The need to improve safety and reduce crime and fear of crime is also an issue for all modes of transport. We recognise the need to protect and enhance the natural environment.

Strategic Framework

Recognising the importance of our climate change objectives and the fact that, at least in the short-term, there will be considerably less funding available than in recent years, we have adopted a strategic framework based on three broad intervention types (measures), beginning with the lowest-cost measures that make the least impact on the environment;

(i) managing the demand for travel;

(ii) managing and further integrating existing networks; and

(iii) targeting new investment at top priority challenges.

The aim is to firstly reduce cost and demand on the system; then to make maximum use of existing networks; and finally to concentrate our limited resources for new investment on key schemes that promote sustainable regeneration, or where current provision is clearly inadequate.

Managing the Demand for Travel

By close integration between transport and land use planning strategies, we will seek to ensure that development is focused on the most accessible locations that minimise demand for travel and make it easy to use sustainable modes. This will be supplemented by the use of Travel Planning and Smarter Choices resources, whilst Car Clubs provide an additional option that caters for essential car journeys whilst minimising overall car use.

Management and Integration of Existing Networks

We have listened to what the people of Tyne and Wear want, and therefore, we will continue to promote and invest in our existing transport networks, focusing particularly on active travel modes, such as walking and cycling, as well as public transport. It will also be important to make best use of taxi and private hire services and to ensure the safe and sustainable movement of freight around the region. Using Network Management Plans, Partners will continue to ensure delivery of the Network Management Duty to facilitate the efficient movement of vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists throughout the city region. Excellent integration between all modes is essential as many journeys involve more than one form of transport.

Investing in our Networks

Our major scheme programme includes a number of key schemes that are underway, such as the New Tyne Crossing and the region’s Urban Traffic Management and Control (UTMC) project. Our investment in electric vehicle infrastructure is also a key commitment that addresses our need for sustainable economic growth. There are also a number of important schemes under development, such as the Sunderland Strategic Transport Corridor (currently in the Development Pool) and our Bus Corridor Improvement Programme, as well as other schemes that are longer-term aspirations.

Underpinning the measures are three key priorities: providing high-quality information to assist in informed travel choices; improving safety on all modes; and ensuring existing infrastructure is kept in good condition by keeping up high standards of maintenance.

Information

We will use a variety of media to inform people about routes, services and fares / charges, both before and during their journey, thus helping them make informed travel choices, for all modes of travel.

Safety

We intend to work closely with the public, the police and transport operators to improve safety on all modes of transport. In the case of road safety, we will continue to use a targeted range of education, engineering and enforcement measures to maintain our good record in reducing road accidents.

Maintenance

The Metro Reinvigoration project will help to secure the future of the Metro system and renew structures that are reaching the end of their useful life. Highways Asset Management Plans allow authorities to make best use of the budgets available and provide a robust and efficient service to road users and residents, ensuring efficient, appropriately targeted maintenance and improvements of the existing assets.

Main Policies

The main policies in the strategy are listed in Table 1.

Category

Main Policy

Maintenance

We will keep all our transport networks in good condition.

Management

We will manage our networks to provide for the safe and efficient flow of travel by all modes.

Information

We will help people make informed travel choices by giving them accurate information.

Walking and Cycling

We will give priority to and invest in walking and cycling.

Public Transport

We will give priority to and invest in public transport.

Safety and Security

We will enhance personal safety and security for all transport users.

Road Safety

We will work to improve road safety.

Air Quality

We will seek to improve air quality.

Links

We will improve links to our airports, ports, rail and motorway systems.

Low Carbon

We will support low-carbon transport initiatives.

Access

We will help people to reach key services, such as healthcare, employment and education, easily and safely by ensuring that access issues are given due consideration for service and land use planning.

Investment

We will pursue all investment opportunities to improve our transport networks.

Delivery Plan

The strategy is accompanied by a three-year Delivery Plan. This sets out the indicative allocation of spend for maintenance and integrated transport during the next three years by each Partner, together with a monitoring framework.

The Delivery Plan includes the allocation of resources over the next two financial years and indicative amounts for the third year. These are as follows:

Integrated Transport Block Allocation

Partner

2011/12 (£000)

2012/13 (£000)

2013/14 (provisional) (£000)

Gateshead

1,664

1,775

1,775

Newcastle

1,999

2,133

2,133

North Tyneside

1,285

1,371

1,371

South Tyneside

1,021

1,089

1,089

Sunderland

2,008

2,141

2,141

Nexus

3,640

3,883

3,883

Tyne and Wear

11,617

12,392

12,392

Highways Capital Maintenance Allocation

Partner

2011/12 (£000)

2012/13 (£000)

2013/14 (provisional) (£000)

Gateshead

2,239

2,326

2,269

Newcastle

2,290

2,440

2,292

North Tyneside

1,847

1,753

1,801

South Tyneside

1,276

1,267

1,236

Sunderland

2,804

2,919

2,877

Nexus

0

0

0

Tyne and Wear

10,456

10,705

10,475

We propose to monitor the 12 main policies and set targets during 2011/12 for maintenance, levels of walking, cycling and public transport, road safety and air quality to measure our progress and performance. These will build on the current Local Transport Plan targets. In addition we will be tracking contextual indicators such as traffic volumes and fleet mix. We will use this information to inform our future investment and assess our progress towards our vision, goals and objectives.

Next Steps

LTP3 is being prepared at a time when there are a great many uncertainties, especially in respect of available funding. It should not be expected therefore that this is the ‘final word’ on transport in Tyne and Wear for the next ten years. Regular review of our strategy will be essential and we are proposing an initial refresh of the document after one year by which time the economic environment will be clearer.