Joint Progress Review 2008

Every year the West of England Partnership has to carry out a review of how it is doing against the targets it set itself in the Joint Local Transport Plan.  This is a report on the first two years of the five year Local Transport Plan produced by the four local councils. 

Under the new system the review is passed to the Government Office of the South West for comment who have written to the West of England Partnership saying "Overall we consider that your LTP2 strategies are being delivered and that you have made considerable progress in the first two years of LTP2 both in delivery and in keeping the majority of your targets on track."

 The Executive Summary gives an overview, with full details and facts and figures in the remainder of the 100 page document.

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The West of England Partnership Joint Local Transport Plan 2008 Progress Review shows that overall progress is ‘not too bad’ - of the 21 targets, 18 are on track. These cover headings such as increasing passenger numbers on buses, trains and park and ride, accessibility to services for all, road safety, air quality and asset management –looking after the road network.

 The West of England is the only place outside London where bus passenger numbers have increased.  The showcase bus routes, renewal of the bus fleet in Bath, more competition between operators across the area, new leaflets and travel guides have all helped to increase passenger numbers by 3.7% compared with 2003/4.

 The Portway bus lane is the longest continuous bus lane in the UK, and is just one reason why 15% more people use Park and Ride than in 2003/4 – along with new vehicles and more parking availability.

 More trains are running in the area – to Severn Beach and on Sundays to Avonmouth.  Nearly £200,000 was spent on improving 11 stations in the area and the likelihood of a passenger train to Portishead comes ever closer as North Somerset Council investigates buying the disused trackbed.

 Cycling is up 27% on 2003/4 – again, in most other places the numbers are going down. The £11.4 million investment in Cycling City will hopefully encourage more people to use this healthy, sustainable form of transport.

 New walking routes, enhanced pedestrian areas, safer walking to school including the ‘Bright Star School Travel Passport’ in North Somerset, a Joint Rights of Way Improvement Plan, work plans and school travel plans and personalised travel planning in Clifton, Redland and Worle all form part of an active campaign to encourage more sustainable transport and tackle congestion.

 In the Partnership area the roads are getting safer. The number of people killed or seriously injured is down 22% on the 2001-04 average, while for children it’s down 36%.  It’s not enough though,so the Partnership councils are spending £8million on education, training and publicity, engineering measures, speed management and safecams, as well as running safety training for motorbike and scooter riders.

One area we are not non track for is Air Quality – we are off target for reducing Nitrogen Dioxide levels in both Bristol and Bath Air Quality Management Areas.

New low emission buses, the expansion of park and ride, the new bus station in Bath, extension of the Urban Traffic Control Network should all help to improve air quality in our two city centres. 

 In the first two years of the Joint Local Transport Plan, £29 million has been spent on integrated transport schemes, £31 million on highway maintenance and together we have the £70 million to spend on the Greater Bristol Bus Network, the £64 million Bath Package awaiting for final approval, and the £11.4 million awarded for Cycle City.

 

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