A vision for the future of travel and transport across the region up to 2036 will be discussed by the West of England Joint Committee when it meets at Kingswood Civic Centre at 1pm on Friday 30 November.
The Joint Local Transport Plan (JLTP) is being led by the West of England Combined Authority, working with Bath & North East Somerset, Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire councils.
The JLTP aims to:
- Support sustainable economic growth
- Enable quality public services and improve accessibility
- Address poor air quality and take action against climate change
- Contribute to better health and wellbeing, safety and security
- Create better places.
This latest local transport plan builds on previous work done in the West of England and has involved collaboration with the Department of Transport, Highways England, Network Rail, public transport operators and other organisations. An advisory group, comprising representatives from around 20 transport operators and user groups, was set up to provide technical and professional advice in developing the plan – which will consider a range of potential options to improve travel and transport in the region.
Tim Bowles, West of England Mayor, said: “This is an ambitious plan to get people moving and tackle congestion, whilst supporting economic growth. The Joint Local Transport Plan sets out the approach to the way transport will develop up to 2036 in the West of England.
“It considers a wide range of options which could support sustainable and greener travel including cycling, walking, bus, rail, mass and rapid transit, and electric/ autonomous vehicles. Together we want to achieve our long-term aspiration for transport in the region – connecting people and places for a vibrant and inclusive region.”
The draft JLTP is structured around improving transport connections across four levels:
- Neighbourhood – journeys within local communities
- Local – shorter journeys up to 10km
- Within the West of England – journeys between the urban areas, longer than 10km
- Beyond the West of England – linking strategic road and rail, port and airport.
The JLTP will also support the region’s Joint Spatial Plan (JSP), which has been developed by the four councils, the first of its kind in the UK.
An overview of the West of England Bus Strategy will also be considered as part of the JLTP consultation, with more detailed consultation on the full Bus Strategy to follow. This will consider options to improve the performance of the bus network across the region and set out how further growth in bus usage can be encouraged, including specific proposals to create better, faster, more reliable and more accessible services.
The West of England Joint Committee is the decision-making body for issues relating to the West of England Combined Authority, Bath & North East Somerset, Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire councils, and the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP). The Committee will be asked to endorse the plan before it goes out for public consultation in January 2019.
The meeting will be filmed and available to view at www.westofengland-ca.gov.uk on Monday 3 December. Meeting papers can also be found on the website.
The WECA Overview & Scrutiny Committee will consider the JLTP at its meeting at 10.30am on Wednesday 28 November, at City Hall, Bristol.