Transport plans have been published by councils who seek to maximise their productivity and value for money.
In times where local authorities have seen their budgets squeezed, providing a whole range of challenges along the way, the implementation of a focused plan is crucial in order to gain government funding, and to set out the improvement of transport provision.
A Local Transport Plan (LTP) is the statutory planning document that is required to get access to this capital funding, and includes anything from major scheme development and regional transport issues, to transport analysis and planning transport and travel for school and special educational needs children.
Norfolk County Council and the Greater Norwich councils of Norwich, Broadland and South Norfolk, are working together to put the Transport for Norwich (TfN) strategy together, which will run alongside the Greater Norwich Local Plan (GNLP); both of these will provide a strategy for growth in the region until 2036.
Leader of South Norfolk Council, John Fuller, said: “A strong transport strategy is vital to unlock growth potential across the region and bring forward infrastructure to support existing and future communities to thrive.”
More and more, the process of journey planning can bring savings for councils, as the different transport options can be accessed by users.
Kent County Council is delivering a tool that promotes sustainable travel which results in environmental savings, time, money and improves health.
This tool will provide travel information in real time, with updated public transport times and congestion information.
In particular, Kent is promoting its sustainable travel to businesses and schools.
For the latter, this includes a number of initiatives that will improve routes for school children, and those with special educational needs.
It means a Schools Smarter Travel Challenge initiative will be implemented, as well as responsible parking schools initiatives for primary and secondary schools.
Significantly, there is a need for services that help councils boost their transport efficiency.