AT A MEETING of the TRANSPORT FOR SOUTH HAMPSHIRE JOINT COMMITTEE
of HAMPSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL, SOUTHAMPTON CITY COUNCIL and PORTSMOUTH CITY COUNCIL held at Hampshire County Council, on
Tuesday 15 July 2008.
Hampshire County Council:
Councillor M. J. Kendal - Executive Member for Environment
Stuart Jarvis - Deputy Director of Environment
Keith Willcox - Project Director, Transport for South Hampshire
Peter Murnaghan - Manager, Transport for South Hampshire
Portsmouth City Council:
Councillor Lynne Stagg - Executive Member for Traffic and Transportation
John Slater - Head of Planning Services
Charles Stunell - Head of Transport and Street Management
Southampton City Council:
Councillor Gavin Dick - Cabinet Member for Planning and Sustainability
Andy Scate - Head of Planning and Sustainability
Geoff Cornford - Transport Planning Manager
Phil Marshall - Regional Transport Planner
Ian Jordan - Head of Regional Transport Policy, Department for Transport
Gordon Frost - First Hampshire and Dorset
Andrew Dyer - South Hampshire Bus Operator's Association
Paul Robinson - Network Manager, Highways Agency
Phil Dominey - Customer Service Project Manager, South West Trains
Gavin Johns - Route Enhancements Manager, Wessex, Network Rail
Neil Pearce - Senior Area Manager, South East England Development Agency
David Cooper - Government Office for the South East
David Lees - Southampton International Airport
Eastleigh Borough Council:
Councillor David Airey
Fareham Borough Council:
Councillor David Swanbrow
Gosport Borough Council:
New Forest District Council:
Councillor Chris Treleaven
John Buckett - Head of Highways and Transport Policy,
Hampshire County Council
32 APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
Apologies for absence were received from Councillor Keith Wood - Winchester City Council and Graham Ellis - Hampshire Economic Partnership.
33 DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
There were no Declarations of Interest declared.
34 CHAIRMAN'S COMMUNICATIONS
Councillor Kendal reported that the meeting would receive two presentations: firstly from Ian Jordan, Head of Regional Transport Policy at the Department for Transport and Gavin Johns, Route Enhancements Manager for the Wessex region at Network Rail.
Since the last meeting of the Joint Committee, two Expressions of Interest in bidding for funds from the Government's Community Infrastructure Fund have been submitted; one for Tipner and the other for the Bus Rapid Transit and a response on these is awaited. There are plans to commit investment in both of these projects over the next three years and so it is hoped that they are both successful.
Bids have also been submitted to the Regional Funding Allocation Refresh and this bidding activity clearly illustrates Transport for South Hampshire Joint Committee's movement away from strategy development into delivery and implementation mode.
Also, since the last meeting, in June officers had the pleasure of
introducing Barbara Moorhouse, Director General of Corporate Resources at the Department for Transport to South Hampshire and its transport challenges. Barbara was impressed by the clear evidence of close working between the different authorities and stakeholders, brought about through the Transport for South Hampshire partnership and took away a better understanding of the challenges Hampshire is facing and the joint resolve by all those involved to tackle them together over the coming years. At the end of the day's visit, Barbara asked to be kept in touch with developments in Hampshire. The interest of such a senior Director at the Department is welcomed.
35 MINUTES OF THE MEETING HELD ON 14 APRIL 2008
The Minutes of the Joint Committee held on 14 April 2008 were confirmed by the Committee as amended and signed by the Chairman.
36 PRESENTATION BY DEPARTMENT FOR TRANSPORT - IAN JORDAN
The Committee welcomed Ian Jordan to the meeting to give a presentation on `Towards a Sustainable Transport System' on behalf of the Department for Transport. Ian gave a brief overview of the policy and investment plans through to 2013/14 with some delivery headlines relating to Crossrail and Thameslink, congestion, the strategic roads programme and active traffic management.
Ian explained that the strategic planning for 2014-19 would involve several steps: clarifying the goals, mapping the challenges, generating options, policy appraisal and selection and delivery. Clarifying the goals would involve reducing transport's emissions of CO2 and other greenhouse gases with the desired outcome of avoiding dangerous climate change, maximising the overall competitiveness and productivity of the national economy, promoting greater equality of transport opportunity for all citizens, contributing to better health, safety and security through reducing the risk of death, injury or illness arising from transport and promoting beneficial travel modes and improving the quality of life for transport users and non transport users, including through a healthy natural environment with the desired outcome of improving well being for all. In terms of mapping the challenges this would involve mapping out urban, regional and local networks, national networks, international gateways and access and cross-network against climate change, competitiveness and productivity, equality of opportunity, health, safety and security and quality of life, natural environment to help generate and test packages of options and reflect the differences in the central and local government role.
Ian advised that following stakeholder dialogue he was happy to report that there was broad support for the 5 Towards a Sustainable Transport System (TaSTS) goals which would cover all the impacts of transport and that a suggested long list of challenges would be grouped by outcome and prioritised to reflect degrees of concern. `New' challenges would include resilience and affordability and raised issues about how challenges are faced and the need for a joined up approach would be aligned with the Regional Funding Allocation, Planning Bill, etc.to ensure a joined up approach.
A copy of the presentation would be circulated by email to all Members of the Joint Committee.
The Chairman thanked Ian Jordan on behalf of the Committee for his interesting presentation.
37 SOUTH HAMPSHIRE MULTI AREA AGREEMENT
The Committee considered the report of the Hampshire Director of Environment (Item 6 in the Minute Book) seeking endorsement of the submitted South Hampshire Agreement and seeking approval to work up a further series of outcomes with the potential to secure improvements in public transport delivery in a further Agreement to be submitted in the Autumn.
The Committee noted that in paragraph 1.17 of Appendix of the report the deadlines for the final draft Memorandum of Understanding and Sign Off had been extended to October to allow the officers more time. A report on progress would be submitted to the next Joint Committee meeting on 17 October 2008.
The officers were thanked for all their time and hard work in achieving a positive outcome.
That the Multi Area Agreement submitted in respect of the relationship with the Highways Agency be noted.
That a further Agreement be approved to be worked up with outcomes that involve working with transport providers to deliver improved public transport services.
38 REGIONAL FUNDING ALLOCATION REFRESH 2008
The Committee considered the report of the Hampshire Director of Environment (Item 7 in the Minute Book) seeking endorsement of the recent submitted bid for Regional Funding Allocation in the period 2011 to 2018 and authorising officers to work with the South East England Regional Assembly in fine-tuning proposals over the coming months.
The Committee noted the important focus on the Regional Transport Board's requirements in points (i) to (iv) in paragraph 6 of the report and that these measures were consistent with the Transport for South Hampshire approach and the broader Partnership for Urban South Hampshire objectives. Further work would be carried out on the Regional Funding Allocation refresh forms by Portsmouth City Council, Southampton City Council and Hampshire County Council on projects already prioritised. The Bus Rapid Transit bids are part of a much wider network and encompassed projects in Gosport, Fareham, Waterlooville, etc
That the recent bid for Regional Funding Allocation in the period 2011-2018 be endorsed and the officers be authorised to work with the South East England Regional Assembly in fine-tuning these proposals over the coming months as necessary.
39 STRATEGIC TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT
The Committee considered the report of the Hampshire Director of Environment (Item 8 in the Minute Book) on potential for developing strategic traffic management within the sub region working with national, regional and local partners. The Hampshire Head of Highways and Transport Policy advised that his report built on the presentation given by Ian Jordan and together with the Multi Area Agreement he was encouraged by a changing attitude of Government and the Highways Agency. The Highways Agency and the Department for Transport were looking more at integrating with local roads through traffic information and working with stakeholders in managing traffic across South Hampshire by co-ordinating activities across the whole network.
Ian Jordan welcomed the objective way that the network would be managed in a more responsive and resilient manner. Paul Robinson from the Highways Agency advised that incident management was part of the day to day operations of traffic officers and liaison with transport agencies in the area occurred daily.
That the prioritisation of strategic traffic management within the sub-region, by means of work with national, regional and local partners through the Multi Area Agreement and seeking funding and support for studies and implementation programmes from key stakeholders be endorsed.
40 PRESENTATION BY NETWORK RAIL - GAVIN JOHNS
The committee welcomed Gavin Johns to the meeting to give a presentation on `Rail in South Hampshire : preliminary conclusions' on behalf of Network Rail. Gavin described the railway industry's 4 tier planning approach. The Route Utilisation Strategy would identify strategic needs and inform the High Level Output Specification growth targets which would be met by project proposals in the Strategic Business Plan and confirmed in the Access Charges Review 2008 for the period up to 2014.
Gavin explained the reasons behind the South Hampshire study as being five fold: limited intervention in by the current South West Main Line Route Utilisation Strategy, the effects of growth in traffic from Southampton port, the sub regional development objectives, further passenger and freight growth and train service aspirations of operating companies.
Gavin explained the study structure to examine the South Hampshire network in terms of performance, strategic plans, customer plans and stakeholder plans in order to identify gaps and provide strategic conclusions. The sub regional issues for rail included performance and capacity in relation to network stress points and passenger and freight in terms of growth. It is important to recognise that no single solution fits all stations, that the markets vary and also the interaction between the rail offer and network characteristics.
The Committee noted Network Rail's aspirations, for example providing additional services from Reading and Basingstoke and the south, electrification between Basingstoke - Salisbury/Redbridge/Eastleigh, relieving the congestion at Southampton Central and ongoing safety and performance. Key issues and concerns were to meet the growth on the Winchester corridor, while improving performance and preserving maintainability, providing diversionary capability from Basingstoke to Southampton, future of the `suburban' stations, the role of the Botley and Netley lines, developments at Eastleigh and the role of the railway infrastructure, airport accessibility and the rail's role in relieving road congestion.
A copy of the presentation would be circulated by email to all Members of the Joint Committee.
The Chairman thanked Gavin Johns on behalf of the Committee for his interesting presentation.
41 PORT MASTER PLAN - CONSULTATION BY DEPARTMENT FOR TRANSPORT
The Committee considered a report of the Portsmouth Head of Planning Services (Item 10 in the Minute Book) seeking Members views on a proposed response to the Department for Transport consultation on Port Master Plans. The Portsmouth Head of Planning Services explained that the suggestion and requirement on ports to produce master plans enables ports' plans to be integrated with the long term aspirations and ambitions of the planning and transport authorities.
That the Department of Transport be advised that the Transport for South Hampshire Joint Committee supports the principle of master plans for major ports as making an important contribution to facilitating the proper planning of the local, sub-regional and regional transport networks.
42 SOUTH HAMPSHIRE BUS OPERATORS' ASSOCIATION
The Committee considered a report by Andrew Dyer from South Hampshire Bus Operators' Association (Item 11 in the Minute Book) outlining its manifesto and its interest in working closely with Transport for South Hampshire.
Andrew advised that following the lead of the Local Authorities working more closely together a consensus amongst all the bus operators in the area had agreed that this should be mirrored in the sub region and the South Hampshire Bus Operators' Association (SHBOA) was formed. SHBOA is keen to assist the Transport for South Hampshire Joint Committee in delivering its goals and its vision for creating improved public transport. The Chairman welcomed the establishment of the association and the Committee agreed that SHBOA should be a standing voting member on the Transport for South Hampshire Joint Committee, represented by Richard Soper, with Andrew Dyer as his deputy.
(a) That the formation of the South Hampshire Bus Operators' Association as a single voice of the bus industry for the purposes of strategic planning and partnership be welcomed by the Joint Committee.
(b) That the South Hampshire Bus Operators' Association working closely with Transport for South Hampshire to establish a bus element to the Multi Area Agreement and a Punctuality Improvement Partnership be endorsed.
(c) That the South Hampshire Bus Operators' Association and Transport for South Hampshire exploring joint funding opportunities to enhance infrastructure investment and management to benefit bus operators be endorsed.
(d) That the Joint Committee agrees to invite South Hampshire Bus Operators' Association to become a standing non-voting member of the Transport for South Hampshire Joint Committee.
43 TRANSPORT FOR SOUTH HAMPSHIRE FREIGHT STRATEGY - CONSULTATION
The Committee considered a report of the Hampshire Director of Environment (Item 12 in the Minute Book) on a draft Freight Strategy for South Hampshire, prior to consultation by means of an issues paper. The Hampshire Head of Highways and Transport Policy advised that the report proposed a wider consultation with stakeholders in conjunction with Hampshire transport strategy.
That a wider consultation using the issues paper and initial draft strategy produced by the Transport for South Hampshire Freight Forum ( in turn based on the outline of contents and indicative list of policies previously endorsed by the Joint Committee) be approved as a focus for discussion.