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
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.