Select Committee on Transport, Local Government and the Regions Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence

Annex 1


  To support the Government's commitment to road safety, £8.4 billion has been allocated over the next five years to allow local authorities in England to implement their Local Transport Plans. It is envisaged that some 8,200 smaller scale improvements will be carried out, mainly focusing on road safety and including 20 mph zones outside schools, other traffic calming measures, safe routes to school and school travel plans.

  Expenditure for road safety is no longer prescriptive in that there is no requirement for local authorities to treat only those sites with a proven accident record. Local Authorities must instead examine where accidents and casualties occur and plan cost effective remedies as one element of an overall strategy. Through this wider remit, the LTP also ensures that enforcement, education, training and publicity are considered along with engineering measures. It also gives the opportunity for local authorities to consider road safety as part of its wider health, social, and environmental policies.

  The road safety element of the LTPs will be assessed and monitored on an annual basis. Local authorities are required to complete proformas that will give details of schemes to be implemented with expected casualty savings. Annual milestone targets support this information. DTLR has also commissioned research to monitor annual progress with Local Transport Plans, and to ensure that safety objectives, scheme performance and value for money are achieved and maintained.

previous page contents next page

House of Commons home page Parliament home page House of Lords home page search page enquiries index

© Parliamentary copyright 2002
Prepared 5 July 2002