Background

What is a Local Transport Plan?

A Local Transport Plan (LTP) is a five-year document setting out local councils' objectives for improving transport and detailing the ways in which this is to be achieved. All local councils in England are required to produce an LTP and report back to the Government each year on their progress in achieving its objectives.

LTPs do not just focus on individual transport schemes, but take a broader view of how transport measures can help to achieve wider and longer-term objectives. Measures contained in LTPs can help to improve the quality of life for those who live and work in towns and cities, and in rural areas, by connecting them to jobs and services, and to each other.

Why a Joint Local Transport Plan?

The four councils of Bath & North East Somerset, Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire have joined forces to plan and deliver transport improvements in the West of England area through a Joint LTP, covering the period 2006-2011, and a longer-term vision.

Each of the four authorities produced their own individual LTPs covering the period 2001/02 - 2005/06. These authorities have taken this co-operation a step further with the development of the Joint LTP. As transport issues are not confined to within the boundaries of local councils, closer joint working will enable us to make faster progress towards achieving significant improvements to the local transport system.

How the Plan was produced?

A Joint Local Transport Plan Team made up of officers drawn from the four councils was tasked with producing the Plan. Building on many of the strategies and schemes in our first Local Transport Plan (see Joint Delivery Report) the Team developed a wider area approach based around the four shared priorities of congestion, accessibility, road safety and air quality.

A valuable role was played by our councillors with the four Executive Members with responsibility for Transport steering the Plan throughout its development. A Joint Scrutiny committee drawing councillors from all four councils had an equally active role, checking progress, identifying gaps and making amendments.

Consultation at every stage helped shape the Plan with questionnaires, Forums, travelling roadshows and stakeholder events. Find out more information about the consultation.

Other studies that influence the Local Transport Plan

Although the Joint LTP should plan ahead, it concentrates in detail at the next five years. There are other studies that are looking further into the future and taking in some of wider issues relating to transport. Their longer-term findings and visions can be developed in more detail by the Joint LTP.

The Greater Bristol Strategic Transport Study, commissioned by the Government Office for the South West, studied current and future strategic transport needs within the West of England sub-region up to 2031. The area covered by the study is wider than that covered by the Joint LTP, including parts of Wiltshire, Somerset and Gloucestershire. The findings of this study were published in June 2006.

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