Ahead of seeking agreement publicly consult on the draft Local Transport Plan 4 (LTP 4), in March, transport planners have briefed members of the Environment, Transport and Economy Select Committee (14 February). The scrutiny committee learned about the background to the Plan, national Government Policy it takes account of and what it could mean for transport infrastructure development if it is approved and adopted.
Subject to being adopted, when finalised, LTP 4 would become a core part of the County Council’s policy framework. At the heart of LTP 4 are the following two principles, which are intended to guide what the County Council does to improve travel and transport infrastructure for the future:
To reduce the overall need to travel by, and significantly reduce dependency on, the private car;
To provide a transport system that puts people first and supports the development of residents’ living environment, leading to high quality and prosperous places to live.
Put simply, LTP 4 will support improving travel choices for people by transforming and widening the appeal of walking, cycling and public transport as an alternative to private car use.
The draft LTP 4 recognises the continued importance of the strategic road network to the economy and the need for credible public transport alternatives. LTP 4 also aims to address the need for travel and transport measures to meet central Government priorities to decarbonise the transport system. The Government has indicated that future funding allocations to highway authorities for travel and transport infrastructure are likely to be influenced by the effectiveness of their local transport plans.
LTP 4, if agreed, would still allow for schemes to increase road capacity where there is a valid case to do so, such as schemes that enable ease of movement to support the economy – for example, access to the Ports of Portsmouth and Southampton from the Midlands.
Furthermore, the Plan will support the levelling up of the local economy, supporting sustainable economic development and regeneration, as well as widening accessibility and promoting healthier, more active lifestyles.
On 10 March 2022, Councillor Rob Humby (Deputy Leader and Executive Lead Member for Economy, Transport and Environment at the County Council) will be asked to consider a further report, seeking approval of a recommendation to open a 12-week public consultation to gather people’s views on the draft LTP 4.
Following the consultation, an analysis of the feedback will inform any amendments that may need to be made to the draft Plan before seeking approval and adoption of the Plan from Cabinet and the full County Council later in the year.
The biggest difference in the policies proposed for Local Transport Plan 4 compared to previous Local Transport Plans are:
- The creation of a user utility hierarchy;
- A movement and place framework to help planners decide how best to change streets and spaces and balance competing needs;
- A new approach to integrating land use and transport planning by clearly defining what sustainable transport looks like;
- An approach to adapting Hampshire’s infrastructure to respond to climate change;
- Policies that support decarbonisation and electrification of the vehicle fleet;
- Policies that set out how the County Council will make use of new technology to solve transport challenges; and
- Policies that set the ambition to deliver a transformational change in public transport, walking and cycling networks and systems.