Joint Local Transport Plan FAQ


1)         What is the Joint Local Transport Plan (JLTP) 3?

The Joint Local Transport Plan 3 is a statutory document that all councils have to produce. It has to set out the transport-related goals and objectives that the West of England region aims to complete during the lifetime of the plan, with the overall objective being to improve the transport system and quality of life in the region. 

2)         Who is involved in JLTP?

The Joint Local Transport Plan is produced by the four Local Authorities in the West of England region.  These are Bath & North East Somerset, Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire, with the plan being effective in all four authority areas.  The Plan will be co-ordinated by the West of England Partnership. 

3)         Why is this Plan numbered 3?

This JLTP is the third plan in a series of Local Transport Plans.  The first plan was effective between 2001 and 2006 and the second plan, currently effective, runs from 2006 to 2011.  JLTP3 is due to become effective in 2011 and will expire in 2026. 

4)         Why is this JLTP timescale longer than the other plans?

Having a plan with a longer lifespan allows the region to implement strategies that may take longer than five years to have the desired effect.  It also allows the region to look farther ahead when setting the targets and major projects whilst still allowing for shorter timescale monitoring of smaller policies. 

5)         What transport issues will be included in the JLTP 3?

The plan will specifically focus on physical movement of people and goods by all modes of transport.  It will set out policies to support economic growth via major schemes, whilst also improving the quality of life in the area by tackling congestion, improving accessibility, road safety and air quality whilst supporting economic growth. 

6)         How can I have some input or give comments about the JLTP?

There will be lots of ways and opportunities for you to give input or make a comment.There will be a questionnaire available in both paper format and online, allowing your point to be made. We will let you know when this is available. 

7)         Can I get a new road scheme or transport improvement included in the JLTP? 

The first stage in getting any new transport scheme included in any forward plan is to talk to the highway department at your local council.  They will be able to help and advise you on what you need to do.

8)         How do you know if the plan is working?

The JLTP has to include targets for achievements set on a yearly basis.Surveys are then conducted annually, allowing the plan to be constantly monitored.  An Annual Performance Review will be published to inform interested parties of the performance of the Plan.  

9)         Is there any part of the transport network that is not included in the JLTP?

JLTP does not include any policies for the motorways and trunk roads.  These are known as ‘strategic routes’ and are controlled by the national Highways Agency and are therefore not governed by any policies in the plan.  The remainder of the road network, cycle and public footpath networks will all be addressed in the Plan.  

For more information contact the highways team at your local council.   

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